Stanford Men's Rowing Nets Gold, Two Silvers At Head Of The Lagoon

Nov. 11, 2008

FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Stanford Men's Rowing completed its Fall season with a successful showing at the Head of the Lagoon in Foster City this past weekend. The freshman eight claimed the gold while silver medals were earned by a pair of men's four boats in the Open 4+ and Collegiate 4+ events.

'All three of our races presented some adversity in conditions, steering and race execution,' said men's assistant coach Pete Giese. 'I think all of the boats handled themselves very well today. The men's eight had a nice win and in the Open Four it was nice to see our young freshmen race hard against seasoned and experienced varsity oarsmen. This was our last race of the fall, so hopefully we can carry this momentum forward into our winter training.'

'I would also like to extend a special thanks to Monica Hilcu for running such a great regatta,' Giese added.

In the Freshman Eight race, the Cardinal rowers led from the start, building the lead over the five-kilometer course. At the end, Stanford crossed the line in a winning time of 19:36, 1:12 better than the runner-up UC Davis 'A' crew.

The victorious Stanford boat consisted of coxswain Sara Ho, stroke Chip Schroeder, and (in order from seats seven to one) Peter Gail, Ryan Sudeck, Matt Pruchniewski, Edwin Brower, Sven Hinrichsen, Colin Casey and Jason Loftus.

Stanford's entry in the Open Four event, coxed by Alex Topacio and consisting of stroke Ryan Sudeck and (in order of seats three to one) Peter Leemputte, Edwin Brower and Dean Walker, recovered from a fourth-place start to row its way to second place by the time it crossed the finish line. The Cardinal finished in a time of 20:03, 10 second back of the winning Santa Clara 'B' boat.

In the Collegiate Four race, Stanford got out to an early lead but was caught by the end, finishing second with a time of 25:41. The crew consisted of coxswain Erin Pontell, stroke Camilo Cabrera and (in order from seats three to one) Eric Mefford, Sam Larson and Chuck Stern.

After the winter training session, the Cardinal men will begin spring action March 7 against the University of British Columbia at Redwood Shores.

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