Men's Rowing Gets Off To Fast Start At Stanford Invitational
April 18, 2009
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - This weekend's Stanford Invitational will see four of the nation's top five ranked men's rowing teams in action at Redwood Shores. Stanford's varsity got the weekend off to a good start on Friday when they lined up against No. 3 Washington and raced to a 4.5 second victory.
Men's Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian explains the significance of this weekend's racing, 'This regatta has brought together the highest ranked field this side of the IRA National Championships. For our young team to race an international elite team like Washington was an extreme test. Today was our day. Our goal remains the same however; to be on the podium at the end of the season. Tomorrow and Sunday our challenge continues. Oregon State and Wisconsin are exceptional.'
In other racing, the Stanford second varsity boat was five seconds off the pace set by Washington.'Our second varsity eight improved 4 seconds on UW from our performance in San Diego,' Amerkhanian observed. 'I am very encouraged and proud of their effort.'
In the final race of the evening for Stanford, the Freshman boat suffered a defeat to Washington.
'Our guys put forth a strong effort', said freshman coach Pete Giese, 'but in the end, Washington's power and international experience was simply too much.'
The racing continues on Saturday when Stanford will line up against Oregon State and again on Sunday when the Cardinal will face No. 2 Wisconsin.
2nd Varsity 8