Stanford Frosh 8+ Leads Men's Crew With Runner-Up Finish At San Diego Crew Classic
March 28, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Stanford men's freshman 8+ turned in a runner-up finish in its quest for the Derek Guelker Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic to lead the three men's boats Sunday.
'We raced extremely well in the frosh, leading for the first third of the race, while the varsity and second varsity gave great effort,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'The end result wasn't what we desired. Now we need to get healthy and prepare for Washington this weekend.'
'The Frosh raced hard today, I'm proud of the effort, intensity and focus they displayed,' said freshmen head coach Pete Giese. 'Today's result will motivate these young scholar-athletes to continue training hard with an eye on closing the gap to our competition.'
The Cardinal frosh bolted off the line in their final and carried the lead for the first 750 meters. At the halfway mark, California pulled even and in the last 750, California proved to be a bit too much for Stanford's frosh boat. The Cardinal crossed the line with a time of 6:17.67, 3.97 seconds behind the Golden Bears.
In the Sharp Cabrillo Cup Grand Final, the Cardinal second varsity 8+ finished fourth, behind boats from California, Brown and Boston University. The Cardinal crossed the line in a time of 6:14.79, just under 13 seconds back of the pace set by California.
The men's varsity 8+ finished sixth in the Copley Cup Grand Final with a time of 6:03.85. That time ended up 14.35 seconds back of the winning time turned in by California.
The Cardinal men return to the water next Saturday, April 3, taking on Washington at Redwood Shores.