Lightweight Women Off To A Fast Start

March 30, 2003

Redwood Shores, Calif. - Stanford Lightweight Women?s Crew officially opened the spring 2003 season with two wins. On Saturday, the varsity lightweights rowed what was up until then their fastest time ever on their home course 7:08, four seconds ahead of U.C. Davis. Later in the afternoon, in stiff headwind conditions the varsity finished behind the number four-ranked team in the country, Harvard. On Sunday, Stanford rebounded from Saturday afternoon?s performance, and came through with their fastest time ever at Redwood Shores, 7:03. 7:03 put the varsity 11 seconds behind the four time defending national champion, Princeton. Coach Acosta commented, 'Although nobody likes loosing, we were all pleased with today?s performance. At the beginning of the year, we set the goal of going under 7:00 on our home course, and to be within three seconds of that, on one of our first races of the season, is a great sign. We are all confident that the eight will go under 7:00 much sooner than later.'

Also on Saturday, the Lightweight novices traveled to Oakland for the California Invitational. In the Novice event, the Cardinal moved out quickly and never looked back, the eight crossed the line in a time of 7:54, 10 seconds ahead of Cal. Later in the day, after a change in the line-up, Stanford went back out to challenge Humboldt State and the California Lightweight varsity. In what was their fastest time of the year, the novices rowed 7:37, which put them seven seconds behind Cal and 15 seconds ahead of Humboldt.

Next up for the lightweight Varsity eight and Novice eight is the San Diego Crew Classic. Stanford will face tough challenges from Wisconsin, Villanova, Georgetown, Long Beach State, and San Diego State.

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