Stanford Lightweight Eight Rows To Third Straight Pacific Coast Rowing Championship

May 16, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford lightweights rowed to a trio of victories Saturday at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on the waters of Lake Natoma, highlighted by the eight 'three-peating' as the Pacific Coast champion. The lightweight four and novice four boats each claimed victory as well while the women's novice eight took fourth in its race.

The PCRC's are open to all schools and clubs in the West Region, which include any rowing institution located in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Arizona. A total of 14 schools were represented at the regatta today which offers individual championships in every collegiate rowing category not offered in tomorrow's Pacific-10 Conference Championships.

The lightweight eight boat crossed the line with a time of 6:47.4 to win its race against Santa Clara, defeating the Broncos by 37.3 seconds.

Also victorious Saturday were the lightweight four and the novice four boats. With two entries in the lightweight four race, the Cardinal boasted the first and second-place finishers, as the first boat clocked a time of 7:38.2 and the next Stanford boat came in at 7:53.6.

The lightweight novice four defeated Oregon by 38.0 seconds in its race, clocking a winning time of 8:11.9.

The women's novice four took part in one of the day's largest races, as it was part of a seven-boat field. Stanford would come in fourth in the race with a time of 8:03.5, just under 11 seconds back of the winning boat from California.

Stanford's lightweights will next see action when it rows for the national title at the IRA Regatta from June 4-6 at Lake Natoma.

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