Men's Alum David Banks '06 Finishes Fifth At World Rowing Championships
Aug. 30, 2009
POZNAN, Poland - Stanford men's rowing alum David Banks '06 highlighted the efforts of a trio of alumni at the 2009 World Rowing Championships over the weekend by claiming fifth place in the men's pair competition. In the men's eight draw, alumni Jake Cornelius '06 and Alex Osborne '09 took third in the 'B' Final to claim ninth place overall.
Banks and partner Charlie Cole qualified for the 'A' Final after a third place effort in the semifinals on Thursday. In the championship final Sunday, Banks and Cole were in sixth place for the first half of the race before catching Russia in the third 500 meters. Yet the pair could not improve any more spots and finished the race fifth with a time of 6:33.16, just under 18 seconds back of the gold medal-winning boat from New Zealand.
In the men's eight 'B' Final, Cornelius, Osborne and the U.S. crew got off the line third behind Australia and Ukraine and held that spot over the first 1,000 meters. Over the third 500 meters, the U.S. crew edged into second ahead of the Ukrainian boat, but would have the favor returned to them just before the finish line, as Ukraine pulled just ahead and finished second, .22 seconds ahead of the U.S.
The U.S. had just missed a berth in the championship final in the repechage on Thursday, being edged out by Italy for the final spot in the final.