Stanford Lands Seven Rowers On All-Pac-10 Teams
May 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's and women's rowing co-headlined the All-Pac-10 Rowing Team picks with a combined seven selections, a figure matched only by cross-Bay rival California. The Cardinal women boasted four rowers on the All-Pac-10 Team in Jenna Levy, Elle Logan, Grace Luczak and Erika Roddy, while the men earned three spots as Mark Murphy, Alex Osborne and Sebastian Peterlin represented the Cardinal.
Members of the All-Pac-10 rowing teams are based upon each institution's finish in the first varsity eight championship race at the Conference Championships, which were held May 17 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The conference champion provides four members of the all-conference team, the second-place crew provides three members, and the third-place finisher provides two. All other participating conference crews receive one selection each. The team championships are comprised of 16 teams with each team required to field two boats of eight rowers (I Eight and II Eight) and one boat of four rowers.
The Stanford women's first varsity eight, ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into this weekend's NCAA Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J., claimed its first Pac-10 title since 2003 two weekends ago, setting a Lake Natoma course record by completing the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6:18.6. The victory continued a strong season of performances by the boat, which includes a victory over California at The Big Row as well as a second-place finish at the Lake Natoma Invitational in late April.
Levy, a freshman from Greenbrae, Calif., earned her first all-conference honor thanks to her efforts in spurring the boat to such top performances through her encouragement and cajoling as the boat's coxswain.
Logan, the boat's No. 3 seat, continues a successful year that not only includes the Pac-10 gold medal but also an Olympic Gold Medal won this past summer as part of the U.S. women's eight in Beijing. Her All-Pac-10 Team honor now makes her a two-time all-conference performer.
Roddy, a sophomore from San Francisco, and Luczak, a sophomore transfer from Michigan, each earned their first All-Pac-10 honors rowing in the boat's No. 1 and 4 seats, respectively.
On the men's side, Murphy, Osborne and Peterlin played key roles in the Cardinal's push to the silver medal at the Pac-10 Championships. The trio helped the Cardinal break off from the main pack along with California and Washington, then overcome the Huskies over the final 500 meters and come just three-tenths of a second shy of catching California at the finish.
Murphy, a senior from Madison, Wis., was named All-Pac-10 for the second time in his career. He has been part of the first varsity eight crew that notched victories over Oregon State and Washington at the Stanford Invitational, and came just 0.32 of a second short of defeating defending national champion Wisconsin at the event.
Osborne, a senior from Sherman Oaks, Calif., earned his second career All-Pac-10 honor after helping the boat to another strong performance on the year.
The All-Pac-10 selection was also the first for Peterlin, a San Francisco native who rowed with the top boat this year after being part of the frosh eight last season.
Individual awards, including Rowers of the Year, Newcomers of the Year, and Coaches of the Year, are scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, June 3, following this weekend's NCAA Women's Rowing Championships (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and in advance of the Men's IRAs (Gold River, Calif.).