Stanford Women End First Day Of Lake Natoma Invitational Just Two Points Behind Leaders

April 18, 2009

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    LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing completed a strong first day of competition at the Lake Natoma Invitational, as its crews claimed four of six races on the day to accumulate 34 points in the competition. That total sits just two off the leader's pace set by California and Wisconsin.

    Stanford's first and second varsity eight as well as its varsity four competed in a pair of duals Saturday. Point totals were determined by each crew's finish in its respective dual.

    Each dual consisted of three boats, with points being distributed on a 3-2-1 basis for first, second and third-place finishes, respectively. The second varsity eight races scored out on a 6-4-2 basis, and the first varsity eight duals scored on a 9-6-3 basis.

    In the morning session, the three crews squared off against Minnesota and Sacramento State.

    The second eight led things off with a victory in the first dual crossing the line in 6:40.37, 17.21 seconds ahead of second-place Minnesota. The first eight put up a win of its own in its dual, as its victorious time of 6:33.66 proved to be over eight seconds better than second-place Minnesota.

    The fours would battle in its dual to close out Stanford's morning session, finishing in a time of 7:33.95, over six seconds back of the Minnesota crew.

    After the morning session, Stanford stood third in the standings with 17 points, just one behind California and Wisconsin.

    The fours started off the afternoon session, and once again, Stanford finished second in its dual, being edged by the narrowest of margins by UCF. The victorious UCF boat crossed the line just .25 of a second ahead of the Cardinal boat with a time of 7:37.06 to Stanford's 7:37.31.

    Stanford's second eight, though would make sure there was no drama in its dual, racing to a nearly 18-second victory with a time of 6:37.28 over UCF and UCLA.

    The first eight would close out the day with its second victory, crossing the line in 6:33.43, just over 12 seconds faster than second-place UCLA.

    Stanford will get its chance at Saturday's leaders tomorrow, as the three Cardinal crews match up against California and Wisconsin. The fours will get off at 8:20 a.m., with the second eight going at 8:50 a.m., and the first eight racing at 9:20 a.m.

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