Cal Drops 4 of 5 to Stanford in Big Row

May 2, 2009

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - California's novice 8+ won against its Stanford counterpart, 7:10.04-7:25.30, but the Golden Bears lost four of five races overall to the rival Cardinal in the Big Row on Saturday morning at Redwood Shores Lagoon. Cal's top-ranked varsity 8+ lost the first race of the day to Stanford's fourth-ranked varsity 8+, 6:25.6-6:29.5.

Stanford's lightweight 8+ went on to defeat Cal's third varsity 8+, 6:58.9-7:06.9, and then the Cardinal's varsity 4+ also topped the Bears, 7:37.66-7:39.25. Stanford's second varsity 8+ beat Cal, 6:42.5-6:46.5, before Cal avoided the sweep by winning the novice race.

'It's tough being swept in the three most important races, and that hasn't happened in a while,' Cal head coach Dave O'Neill said. 'Stanford did a great job, and those wins are well deserved. Obviously, we've got a lot of work to do. We know what needs to be done, but sometimes the simplest things can be the most difficult. We have a really good team, but we can't take anything for granted in the weeks ahead.'

Cal next competes in the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on May 17 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

2009 Big Row Results

Varsity 8+
1. Stanford 6:25.6. 2. California 6:29.5.
Cal: Cox Katy Milton. Stroke Iva Obradovic. 7 Lauren Nowinski. 6 Elena Humphreys. 5 Taryn O'Connell. 4 Nora Franzen. 3 Lou Kinder. 2 Mary Jeghers. Bow Kristina Löfman.

Lightweight 8+ vs. 3V8+
1. Stanford 6:58.9. 2. California 7:06.9.Cal: Cox Jill Costello. Stroke Kira Jepson. 7 Kelsey Bates. 6 Sam Sartor. 5 Avalon Radys. 4 Claudia Walterspiel. 3 Jenny Rusher. 2 Danielle Detloff. Bow Ali Newton.

Varsity 4+
1. Stanford 7:37.66. 2. California 7:39.25.Cal: Cox Erica Bellis. Stroke Emmie Koenig. 3 Katie Caves. 2 Sam Silvia. Bow Vanna Rocchi.

Second Varsity 8+
1. Stanford 6:42.5. 2. California 6:46.25.Cal: Cox Katie Luke. Stroke Adrienne Keller. 7 Bridget Moran. 6 Kaiti Seders. 5 Kirsten Campbell. 4 Shay Seager. 3 Elise Etem. 2 Melissa Herman. Bow Laurel Kuhn.

Novice 8+
1. California 7:10.04. 2. Stanford 7:25.30.Cal: Cox Ariel Suares. Stroke Charlotte Palmer. 7 Taylor Christensen. 6 Kellie Nolan. 5 Stephanie Stone. 4 Jacquie Horton. 3 Brittany Santucci. 2 Tanya Wolfram. Bow Karina Rivera.

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