Stanford To Compete At Head Of The American Saturday

Oct. 27, 2006

The Stanford women's rowing team is scheduled to compete at the Head of the American in Sacramento this Saturday, October 28. The event will be hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and held at Lake Natomas in Sacramento, California. The women's team is expected to enter two 'eights' and a 'four', while the lightweight squad has entered one 'eight' and one 'four'.

The Stanford women's eights started 40th in a field of 45 and finished sixth among all collegiate eights at the 42nd Annual Head of the Charles Regatta in its most recent event last Sunday, September 22 in Boston. The women's crew raced in a boat loaned by Northeastern University and women's head coach Joe Wilhelm. The Stanford crew was comprised of seniors Stephanie Connolly and Carly York; juniors Kerry Birk, Jenifer Brown, Stephanie Morrison and Jessie Reel; sophomores Kathy Altman and Sophie Aubrey; and freshman Bea Gordon. Competing against top national and international teams, the Stanford women carved up the serpentine course and passed a number of teams en route to their eighth place overall finish in the Championships eights event, beating national rivals Harvard and Brown, and Pac-10 teams UCLA and Washington State. One hundred thousand spectators lined the shores. 'The Head', as the famous race is nicknamed, was the first major regatta for Stanford under first-year head coach Yasmin Farooq.

'I'm really proud of the way we fought through the last mile of the race,' said Connoly. 'Our coxswain Jenifer Brown took an awesome turn coming into the final sprint, and we were able to pass two boats right before the line, which was really exciting. We accomplished our goals for this regatta, and it's a great way to start the season, so we have a lot of positive energy to build on from here.'

'The team and I have been together for three weeks,' added Farooq. 'They are an extremely focused and inspired group of student-athletes. Starting 40th in a race like this can be very challenging but also very fun. They made the most of it and they executed today in the race. This is a solid start for our team. I'm really very happy for them.'

Stanford will compete in three meets to wrap up its fall season on Sunday, November 12. The Cardinal will split its squad among the Head of the Lagoon (Foster City, CA), Head of the Lake (Seattle, WA) and Newport Fall Regatta (Newport Beach, CA).

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