Stanford Women's V8+ Wins Night Sprint Qualifier At Head Of The Oklahoma

Oct. 4, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Stanford women's varsity eight started the fall campaign the right way today, jumping well ahead of the pack in a 4,000 meter race and capturing its first win of the year at the Head of the Oklahoma by over 11 seconds with a time of 14:25.935. (Results)

The Cardinal blew away the rest of the field of 12, which included boats from Washington State, Harvard, Texas, Miami, Radcliffe, SMU, Kansas, Wichita State, Oklahoma City, and Central Oklahoma among others. Officially, Stanford won by 0:11.025 seconds. Radcliffe followed the Cardinal in second, and Washington State came in third.

The Stanford lineup that provided the win was Maura Moran (coxswain), Michelle Vezie, Grace Luczak, Sophie Aubrey, Lauren Hofmayer, Katie O'Neil, Lindsay Meyer, Erika Roddy, and Di Eaton. Teammate Elle Logan was also on hand but did not race with the Cardinal. Logan is in attendance with her Olympic gold medalist teammates from the U.S. Women's eight and will race in an exhibition.

With the victory, Stanford advances to this evening's 500-meter Night Sprint Grand Final, which will begin at 9:10 p.m. CT and be conducted under four 100-foot light arms that extend over the river to illuminate the course. The Cardinal will compete in the sixth lane against Radcliffe, two Washington State boats, SMU, and Miami.

For more information on the Head of the Oklahoma, please visit the regatta's website.

Coming up, Stanford Rowing will honor its Olympians Saturday, November 1, at 10 a.m. at a brunch at the Stanford Boathouse. All Cardinal supporters and alums are invited to honor these outstanding representatives of Stanford and our rowing culture.

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