Stanford Women's I Eight Grabs Pair Of Wins To Highlight Lake Natoma Invitational

April 17, 2010

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    GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing finished the first day of the Lake Natoma Invitational Saturday, accumulating 32 points in the regatta's scoring format, the day's second-highest figure. The I Eight grabbed victory in each of its races, while the II Eight split its two races and the Four grabbed a pair of second-place finishes.

    Stanford competed in two flights of three schools each Saturday, taking on Wisconsin and Texas in the morning and Minnesota and Louisville in the afternoon.

    Races were scored in the NCAA Championship format, with the Fours races scored in a 3-2-1 fashion, the II Eights in a 6-4-2 format and the I Eights in a 9-6-3 format.

    In the morning session, the Cardinal Four finished 6.80 seconds behind Wisconsin to start things off, followed by the II Eight coming in just 1.20 seconds behind the Badgers. The I Eight would claim victory in its race, recording a winning time of 6:30.80, about four and a half seconds faster than the runner-up Wisconsin boat.

    With 15 points in hand from the morning session, the Cardinal went into the afternoon session looking to make up points. The Four recorded another second-place effort, coming in 2.47 seconds behind the winning boat from Minnesota.

    But the II Eight and the I Eight would each claim full points, with the II Eight rolling to an 11.54-second win in its race and the I Eight posting a victory margin of 12.30 seconds.

    The wins gave the Cardinal 17 points in the afternoon, bringing its total to 32 for the day. California led all schools with 36 points.

    Stanford and California will be drawn together Sunday morning, as the two schools are joined by Washington State in its trio. The Fours race is set to begin at 8:40 a.m. with the II Eight at 9:10 a.m. and the I Eights at 9:40 a.m.

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