Stanford Alum David Banks Reaches Finals At World Rowing Championships
Aug. 27, 2009
POZNAN, Poland - Stanford men's rowing alum David Banks '06 will race for the gold this Saturday after he and partner Charlie Cole qualified for the men's pair 'A' Final with a third place finish in Thursday's second semifinal at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.
'David has medaled at the world cup in Lucerne earlier this summer, he and Charlie have put themselves in the world championship finals and will race for a medal,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'When David came to Stanford he brought with him the philosophy of dedication, discipline and desire. His work ethic is being revealed daily at the worlds.'
Banks and Cole opened up their competition at the worlds on Sunday, taking second in heat No. 2, just three seconds behind Greece, to earn an automatic spot in the semifinals. There, on Thursday, the pair finished third in a time of 6:36.88 to claim a spot in Saturday's 'A' Final.
In the semifinal, Banks and Cole opened up fifth after the first 500 meters, but used a surge in the race's second 500 to pull ahead of the boats from Canada and Cuba and take over third place. The U.S. boat would remain there over the final half of the race, earning its spot in the championship final.
The U.S. eight had to go through the repechage to try and earn a spot in the championship final after finishing fifth in its opening heat Monday. Wednesday, the boat fell just 2.57 seconds short of qualifying for the championship final, finishing third with a time of 5:34.72.
The boat broke out in first place to start the race, and held the lead through the opening 1,000 meters. But in the third 500, Poland and Italy crept ahead of the U.S., which could not chase down the top two boats for one of the two spots available for the 'A' final.
'Jake and Alex have gained great experience in racing on the world stage for the United States,' Amerkhanian said. 'Although the eight is not racing for medals, this is the beginning of international success for Alex and Jake'.