Stanford Rowing Prepares For Saturday's Pac-10 Championships
May 14, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's and women's crews will return to the waters of Lake Natoma this Saturday, May 16, to battle for conference titles, and in the case of the women, NCAA Championship team and individual berths, at the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships.
The men, under Stanford Director of Rowing and head coach Craig Amerkhanian, have taken third in each of the past two years. The women, under head coach Yasmin Farooq, captured second place as a team while the first varsity eight boat claimed its second straight silver medal in the Grand Final which led to its second straight bid to the NCAA Championships.
The Pac-10 Championships are set to begin at 8:00 a.m. with the first of two women's four heats. Women's second varsity eight heats begin at 8:20 a.m., while the first varsity eight heats begin at 8:40 a.m. The heats conclude with the novice eights racing at 9 a.m.
The women's petite and grand finals, combined with the men's grand finals, will take place in the afternoon session, which is set to start at approximately 1:10 p.m.
The men's grand finals will tentatively take place at 1:50 p.m. (frosh/novice eight), 2:10 p.m. (varsity four), 2:30 p.m. (second varsity eight) and 3 p.m. (first varsity eight), respectively.
The Cardinal women, ranked first in the nation according to the USRowing/CRCA NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, are coming off of a two-week break from competition this weekend. In that previous action two weeks ago, the Cardinal women fired out to an unprecedented sweep of the boats from California at The Big Row at Redwood Shores, as the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and women's four all claimed victory to give Stanford possession of the Lambert Cup for the first time since 2002.
Prior to The Big Row, the Stanford women put forth a strong effort on the very body of water it will row on this weekend, claiming second place at the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 19. There, the second varsity eight claimed victory over the Golden Bears in the Grand Final.
On the men's side, Stanford swept races in all three classes from Oregon State a month ago at the Stanford Invitational, while the first varsity eight claimed a victory over Washington.
The currently fourth-ranked Cardinal first varsity eight took defending national champion Wisconsin to the wire that same weekend, being edged out by just 0.32 of a second, while the frosh eight posted a two-second win over its Badger counterparts.
Despite falling in all three races two weeks ago to California, the Stanford men have continued to work and drive towards this weekend's new chance against the Golden Bears and the rest of the Pac-10 field.
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