Stanford Men Highlight Rowing Effort By Capturing Schwabacher Cup Against California

May 3, 2008

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REDWOOD SHORES - The Stanford Men's Rowing team defeated the University of California this morning to claim the Schwabacher Cup for the first time since 1991. The victory over the Golden Bears highlighted Saturday morning's dual meet at Redwood Shores.

Stanford covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5:42.52, finishing 0.87 seconds ahead of the Golden Bears.

'We rowed a good race today against a traditional national powerhouse,' said Silas Stafford after the win.

'The guys worked together well today and learned a great deal about their potential as we enter the championship season,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian.

The men's freshman eight performed admirably for the Cardinal as well, finishing just 4.30 seconds back of the California boat.

The closest race for the women was in the varsity women's eight. No. 2 Cal and No. 9 Stanford were deadlocked for the first 1,000 meters, but the Bears then opened up a four-second margin in the third quarter which they held to the finish line.

'The Stanford eight learned today about the kind of effort it is going to take to make the medals at the Pac-10's in two weeks,' said Stanford women's Head Coach Yasmin Farooq. 'The conference is quick, and it will take four solid quarters to get on that podium. That said, the team is improving steadily.'