Crew Classic Provides Great Racing Experience

April 2, 2006

Stanford's Women's Crew team returns home from the San Diego Crew Classic with some great racing experience. By winning the Petite Final, the Varsity 8 turned around a disappointing 4th place finish in their heat that kept them out of Sunday's Grand Final. Leading from start to finish on Sunday, the Varsity 8 held off a hard-charging Northeastern to win the Petite with a time of 6:35.

The Junior Varsity 8 enjoyed two great races this weekend. In their heat, the Cardinal led the field for 1500 meters, then finished 2nd to Cal by opting not to sprint. In the Grand Final, they raced in lane 6 and came back from 6th place at 500 meters to finish 3rd.

Head Coach Aimee Baker comments, 'I am proud of this scrappy group of athletes. When faced with a challenge they truly respond.'

The Novice 8 exceeded everyone's expectations except maybe their own. On Saturday, these walk-on athletes led from start to finish to win their heat by two boat lengths over Washington State. In Sunday's Grand Final, the novices were in 1st place at 500 meters and then battled with Cal and Texas for the remainder of the race. Posting their fastest time of the season, the Cardinal Novies finished 3rd behind Texas and Cal. Assistant Coach Carrie Davis states, 'It is not their size or their experience but rather their heart and their commitment to their teammates that inspired this success. I could not be prouder of these young women.'

While pleased with their own accomplishments, being able to cheer on the Varsity Men's 8 to their historic victory in the Copley Cup was perhaps the best part of the San Diego weekend. Congratulations to our entire men's team!

Varsity 8 Heat B:
USC 6:24
Notre Dame 6:28
Wisconsin 6:29
Stanford 6:32
Loyola 6:35
San Diego State 6:42

Varsity 8 Petite Final:
Stanford 6:35
Northeastern 6:37
Loyola 6:39
Texas 6:46
San Diego State 6:53
Purdue 7:04

Junior Varsity 8 Heat A:
Cal 638
Stanford 6:41
Northeastern 6:48
Kansas State 6:56
Sac State 7:01
USD 'B' 7:35

Junior Varsity Grand Final:
Cal 6:54
Wash State 6:55
Stanford 6:59
USC 7:00
Wisconsin 7:01
UCLA 7:04

Novice 8 Heat D
Stanford 6:57
Wash State 7:10
Loyola 7:37
Colorado 7:51
Sonoma State 'B' 8:01
Chapman 'B' 8:27

Novice 8 Grand Final:
Cal 6:46
Texas 6:47
Stanford 6:51
Oregon State 6:59
Kansas State 7:00
UCLA 7:04

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