May 19, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Stanford men's rowing's I Eight, ranked fourth in the nation, solidified its place among the top crews in the nation by earning the silver medal at the Pac-12 Championships Sunday on Lake Natoma.
"Our team is dialed into the 'Stanford Tunnel', that is our guys are driven by the work, the intensity of the moment,and the satisfaction of working side by side. Today we worked and raced well," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian.
The Cardinal flagship opened the race in third position after the opening 500 meters as just two seconds separated the Cardinal from pace-setting California. While Washington surged into the lead over the second 500 and began adding seconds to its advantage, the Cardinal and Golden Bears remained just a second apart in a battle for silver.
Trailing California by just over a second entering the final 500 meters, Stanford, just as it had at The Big Row two weeks ago, unleashed a mighty sprint that began pulling the Golden Bears back with each stroke. Strong final strokes powered the Cardinal bow just in front of the Golden Bears at the line as Stanford claimed silver by six-tenths of a second with a time of 5:57.0. That time was also 5.4 seconds behind Washington's winning pace.
In the team standings Stanford finished third with 50 points, behind Washington (71) and California (60).
The Cardinal Frosh Eight took sixth in Sunday's opener. The boat got off to a tough start, running fifth and about 11 seconds off the pace after the opening 500 meters, and was passed by Washington State over the second 500. The boat would end up with a time of 6:49.0, 54.6 seconds off of Washington's winning time of 5:54.4.
The four was up next and took fifth with a time of 7:32.1. The boat opened up fourth after the opening 500 meters but fell to the back of the pack by the halfway point.
In II Eight action the Cardinal took third in the four-boat race. The Cardinal opened the race in third position and stayed there over the entire 2,000 meters, crossing the line in 6:22.0, 21.4 seconds behind the pace set by Washington.
The Cardinal crews will return to training for the next two weeks ahead of the IRA Championships, which take place at Lake Natoma May 30-June 1.