Men's Rowing Opens Up Stanford Invitational This Weekend At Redwood Shores Lagoon
April 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford Men's Rowing team is hosting this weekend's Stanford Invitational/Pac-10 Challenge on the Redwood Shores lagoon. California, Oregon State, Michigan, Wisconsin, UC Davis, Santa Clara and Orange Coast College will all be participating alongside the Cardinal Saturday and Sunday.
'We are in the midst of our duel race season as we prepare for the Pac-10 and national championships,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Our goal remains the same as we strive to improve and put ourselves in position to be in the national championship final on June 5.'
Stanford's I Eight, II Eight and Frosh Eights will open up action Saturday morning against their counterparts from Michigan, beginning with the I Eight at 9:10 a.m. The II Eights will push off at 9:30 a.m. while the frosh will go head-to-head at 10:10 a.m.
Following the afternoon's lunch break, the Cardinal Frosh Eight and I Eight will take on Santa Clara at 3:30 and 4:20 p.m., respectively.
Sunday morning, Stanford will conclude its weekend races with three races against the boats from Wisconsin. The Frosh Eight will begin at 9:10 a.m., the II Eight at 9:30 a.m. and the I Eight at 9:50 a.m. The II Eight will race once more Sunday, taking on its counterpart from Oregon State at 11 a.m.
'Michigan, Santa Clara and Wisconsin will provide opportunities to improve and develop our racing toughness,' Amerkhanian added.
The 1960 Stanford Rome Olympians Empacher racing shell will race this weekend for the first time. This Eight is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the five Stanford men (bronze medalists Richard Draeger, Conn Findlay, Kent Mitchell, Kurt Seiffert, and Gold Medalist Dan Ayrault) who raced in Rome at the 1960 Olympics.
Current Cardinal rower Sebastian Peterlin is looking to make his 2010 debut in two weeks. Peterlin has been hampered by back issues since spring break.