Nov. 5, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Stanford's men's rowing entered its I Eight and Frosh Eight boats into action at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival Sunday, with the Frosh Eight taking first in its class and the I Eight taking third in encouraging performances.
"The focus of the Newport trip has always been on team. Being a good teammate and working together to put one another in the best position for success is paramount on this trip," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "The racing went well with the varsity eight finishing just four seconds back of Cal. The frosh raced even with Cal also. All in all a strong team building experience for our young squad and a great chance to uphold one another on the road."
The Frosh Eight captured its class with a time of 13:46, nine seconds ahead of California's "A" entry and 49 seconds faster than the California "B" entry.
"Our freshman student-athletes have done an admirable job of adjusting to life at Stanford, and the initial results are encouraging," said Stanford frosh head coach Jake Cornelius. "We continue to work hard every day in the pursuit of faster boats."
The Cardinal "A" eight finished the course in a time of 13:15, just four seconds back of California's "A" entry, which took the class. Stanford's "B" entry crossed the line sixth in 13:49 while the "C" crew took 19th with a time of 14:59.
The annual event in Newport Beach marks the Stanford crews' first races with Pac-12 rival California.
The men close out fall racing next Sunday in Foster City at the Head of the Lagoon.