California Edges Stanford In Women's Big Row

May 1, 2010

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    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - In a hard-fought set of dual races, the Stanford women were edged out by California at The Big Row at Redwood Shores Saturday morning. All three races were separated by less than four seconds, with the Fours race decided by just two seconds.

    'Cal earned the wins today, and the racing was really excellent,' said Stanford women's head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'You can't ask for better competition heading into the Pac-10s. On top of that, it was awesome to see all of the teams come together today to support Jill Costello in her battle against lung cancer. The racing was outstanding, but the camaraderie to support Jill transcended the rivalry, and that was inspirational for everyone. We are all pulling for her.'

    The Big Row on Saturday was dedicated to cancer awareness as both schools wore colors symbolic of the brave people who struggle daily with these illnesses. Both the Stanford and Cal women's teams raced in sea foam green, the favorite color of Cal coxswain Jill Costello, who is battling lung cancer.

    The women's I Eight race was dead even through the first 500 meters, but California pulled ahead by a second by the halfway point. The Golden Bears would hang on to that advantage, holding off Stanford's rushes to cross the line 3.3 seconds ahead of the Cardinal with a winning time of 6:20.7.

    In the II Eight, the Cardinal led by nearly three seconds through the first 500 meters, but California steadily made ground on the Stanford boat. The Golden Bears would take the lead by the 1,500-meter mark and hold on for the win with a time of 6:29.9, 4.3 seconds ahead of the Cardinal.

    The Fours closed out the day with the closest race of the day on the women's side. Stanford led the race by less than a second after 500 meters, but ceded the advantage to California by the halfway mark. The California lead got out to just under two seconds by the 1,500-meter mark as the Golden Bears held on for a 2.5-second win with a final time of 7:14.1.

    California also captured the Novice Eight race with a winning time of 6:54.1.Contributing to the Stanford effort Saturday were: Sarah Bolmer, Maria Bowe, Susan Bryukhanov, Kayla Cornale, Tiffany Dao, Anna Dawson, Allyson Edwards, Amy Egerter, Claire Fisher, Adrienne Fritsch, Claire Grover, Elise Guinee-Cooper, Alex Hasbach, Marielle Higgins, Madeline Jansen, Sarah Kaewert, Julianna Kapjian-Pitt, Jackie Klimes, Cassie Kull, Jenna Levy, Elle Logan, Grace Luczak, Lindsay Meyer, Maura Moran, Lucy Musson, Megan O'Neil, Erin Radigan, Erika Roddy, Eva Sheridan, Julianne Smith, Julia Thompson, and Christina Walker.

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