Stanford Women Bag Top-10 Finishes At Head Of The Charles Regatta
Oct. 19, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. - Stanford women's rowing experienced the first snowfall in the 45-year history of the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston last weekend as it opened the 2009-10 competitive season. The Cardinal battled through the cold and snow and posted a pair of top-10 finishes, with the varsity four taking eighth place and the I Eight taking 10th in spite of a 10-second penalty.
Both boats took place in the 'championship' events, which pit the top American crews against some of the top international rowers in the world.
Head races are generally three miles long - boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately 15 seconds apart. Approximately 1,900 boats and 8,800 rowers competed in Boston this weekend.
In the championship fours event, finished eighth overall and seventh among collegiate crews on the unique, winding course of the Charles River. The boat clocked a time of 19:31.386 for the course, nearly 1:17 behind the top time of the Old Glory Boat, which consisted of members of the U.S. National Team and finished 46 seconds ahead of the second-place boat from Boston University.
The I Eight, meanwhile, clocked the fifth-fastest time of the championships eights event, crossing the line in 16:54.799. But the crew was determined to have missed a buoy on the course, and the resulting 10-second penalty dropped the boat to 10th place.
The championship eights event was won by ASR Nereus, or 'The Great Eight,' a compilation of some of the best rowers in the world, with a time of 16:08.165. Stanford's original time also was second-best among colleges, finishing only behind Yale.
'The Head of the Charles is a phenomenal fall regatta because it's a long distance race with a twisting course, seven bridges to navigate, unpredictable weather and top teams from around the world,' said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'The sheer difficulty of the race helps forge those important teammate bonds early in the season, plus it gives us a preview of who we'll be competing against next spring in the sprints. Both the eight and four had solid performances today, and I was really encouraged by how they handled everything--the weather, the course, the competition and themselves.'
The Stanford women will next compete on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Head of the American.
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