April 20, 2013
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - No. 7 Stanford men's I Eight split its racing Saturday at Redwood Shores, falling to No. 1 Washington before bouncing back to defeat Orange Coast College.
Stanford's II Eight dropped both of its races while the Frosh Eight split, falling to Washington then rebounding against OCC.
"Washington is a strong crew boasting international medalists that hasn't lost since 2010," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "It is encouraging that we were only 2.8 seconds down at the 1,000-meter mark against this crew. There's a sense of foundation that was achieved today at the shores to build for our upcoming championship season. We are motivated as a team to improve collectively for one another."
The Cardinal crews return to action Sunday at Redwood Shores, taking on Wisconsin in the morning session and Oregon State in the afternoon.
Stanford's I Eight opened the day with a 9.1-second loss to the top-ranked Huskies, which captured the race in 5:33.9. The I Eight would come back in the afternoon to register a time of 5:56.9, nearly 34 seconds ahead of its OCC counterpart.
The Frosh Eight rowed a time of 6:10.8 in the morning, 26.7 seconds behind Washington, but returned in the afternoon to clock a 6:03.3 to beat OCC by 4.6 seconds.
The Cardinal II Eight dropped both of its races Saturday. The II Eight's time of 6:19.0 was second to Washington's 5:46.7 while against OCC its time of 6:07.3 came in 5.1 seconds behind.
"Our character was on display today at Redwood Shores," said Stanford assistant coach and Frosh Eight coach Jake Cornelius. "Our frosh raced hard against a formidable Washington crew, and followed it up with a victory against Orange Coast College. OCC is always a strong team, and I take a lot of encouragement from the way we raced them today. The group is really beginning to gel in the face of some unexpected setbacks. This sets us up for what looks to be two competitive races tomorrow against Wisconsin and Oregon State."