Stanford Men's Rowing Places Three Boats In Grand Finals At San Diego Crew Classic
March 27, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Stanford men's rowing's Varsity 8+, Junior Varsity 8+ and Freshoman 8+ all advanced to their respective grand finals with solid performances at the San Diego Crew Classic Saturday morning.
The Stanford Frosh advanced to the Grand Final of the Derek Guelker Cup by winning their heat in the Frosh 8+. Stanford clocked a 6:13.4 to win their heat while Cal and Orange Coast won their heats with times of 6:11.1 and6:22.9 respectively.
'The guys raced with intensity and integrity out there today. They are coming off a strong week of work during spring break and it was great to see them put it together for a pretty strong race today,' commented freshman coach Pete Giese.
The Cardinal Freshman will race for the first Derek Guelker Cup victory in Stanford history Sunday at 10:10 a.m. Giese thinks tomorrow's race should be a great test for the young Cardinal.
'It looks like it should be a good race tomorrow. The guys are excited about testing their speed early in the season and seeing some payout for their hard work to this point in the season.'
'Winning the heat is nice, but the guys will need to find a new level of intensity and focus for the final,' Giese added.
The Varsity 8+ advanced to the Copley Cup Grand Final after finishing third in their morning heat with a time of 6:06.48 to trail Brown's 6:00.1 and Northeastern's 6:03.19. These three boats will join California, Syracuse and Boston University in Copley Cup Grand Final tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
'The varsity raced for the first time with today's line-up. Tomorrow we will race with the intention of leaving everything we have on Mission Bay,' said men's head coach and Director of Rowing Craig Amerkhanian.
The Junior Varsity 8+ advanced to the Sharp Cabrillo Cup grand final with a second-place finish in their heat. The Stanford JV finished the course in 6:28.75. Brown won the heat with a 6:19.0 and Trinity College placed third with a 6:34.13. Stanford, Brown and Trinity will race with California, Boston University and Orange Coast at 9:50 a.m. in Sunday's grand final.
Amerkhanian is encouraged by the frosh and varsity eights, 'Our goals are simple, we would like to bring home medals to the Stanford campus. All three eights are capable of great performances. The finals on Sunday present that opportunity.'
Varsity 8 Heat B Results:
1 Brown 6:00.10
2 Northeastern 6:03.19
3 STANFORD 6:06.48
4 Michigan 6:17.37
5 UCD 6:17.54
6 USD 6:27.41
Frosh 8 Heat B Results:
1 STANFORD 6:13.40
2 USD 6:33.58
3 UCSB 6:35.80
4 UCI 6:46.12
5 Sonoma 7:05.17
6 Loyola 7:08.67
JV 8 Heat B Results:
1 Brown 6:19.0
2 STANFORD 6:28.75
3 Trinity 6:34.13
4 Notre Dame 6:38.41
5 Cal 'B' 6:38.51
6 UCSD 6:41.72
7 UCI 7:05.09
Sunday Race Times:
Varsity 8 Copley Cup GF 9:30 a.m.
JV 8 Sharp Cabrillo 9:50 a.m.
Frosh 8 Derek Guelker 10:10 a.m.