Stanford Women Claim Four Golds At Head Of The American
Oct. 26, 2009
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing enjoyed a successful weekend at the Head of the American Regatta over the weekend, as four of its entries captured gold medals while two claimed silver. The Cardinal would take gold in the collegiate novice women's eight, collegiate women's pair, collegiate women's double and collegiate women's single events.
'Everyone on the team got a race on the course today, and every person truly pitched in behind the scenes as well,' said Stanford women's head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'The off-water 'NASCAR pit-crew effort' definitely contributed to our success in the small boats and throughout the day. It's a tight-knit group and that really makes a difference on a daily basis.'
The Cardinal frosh opened the day with Stanford's first victory, coming in the collegiate novice eight event. Stanford started first and extended their lead over crews from California, San Diego State, Sacramento State, Humboldt State, Saint Mary's, and Pacific over the 5,000-meter course on Lake Natoma.
Stanford's winning time was 18:25.00, 13 seconds ahead of the next boat, the California B crew. The winning lineup for the Cardinal consisted of: Coxswain Nicole Weinrich, Claire Grover, Julianna Kapjian-Pitt, Barbara Barnes, Claire Fisher, Maria Bowe, Christina Walker, Jackie Klimes, Erin Epp.
'The Head of the American always promises spectacular weather and fair conditions,' Farooq noted. 'It's a superb course for introducing our frosh to collegiate rowing and it's nice to see that this class has already made a lot of progress in four short weeks.'
Stanford next took the top two spots in the collegiate women's pair. Juniors Elle Logan and Grace Luczak dominated the event. The duo started third in the field of 11 and passed crews from California and Sacramento State en route to their victory in 20:06, 33 seconds ahead of teammates Michelle Vezie and Adrienne Fritsch, who passed three crews to claim silver.
The collegiate women's double was a 'Big Row' style showdown between boats from California and Stanford. Sophomore Lindsay Meyer and freshman Anna Dawson started in fourth position and posted a 19:27 time to earn the six-second victory over teammates Erika Roddy and Julie Smith and California's top 'gold' boat. Roddy and Smith tied the California crew with a time of 19:33 for the silver.
Cardinal rowers raced one another in the collegiate women's single event, which had nine entries. Meyer won her second event of the day, posting a winning time of 20:45, Roddy and Grace Luczak taking second and third, respectively. The trio posted the three best times of the day for all women's singles.
Stanford's women's eight finished fifth in the collegiate women's eight event behind crews from USC and California. USC's crossed the line first in 16:43.
Stanford boats would also finish fourth and 11th in the collegiate women's four. Crews from California and USC captured the top three spots in the event.
'The competition from both Cal and USC indicate that the Pac-10 will once again be an extremely competitive conference come springtime,' Farooq added. 'It's always valuable to get this early season preview here in Gold River.'
Stanford will field novice boats at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival next Sunday, Nov. 1.