April 21, 2013
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Stanford I Eight closed out the Stanford Invitational with wins over No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 20 Oregon State.
The Frosh Eight split its races, falling to Wisconsin but downing Oregon State, while the II Eight dropped each of its races.
Stanford returns to action at The Big Row in two weeks, facing No. 2 California Saturday, May 4 at Redwood Shores.
"We are very encouraged by our victories in the varsity boat today," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Both Wisconsin and Oregon State are storied programs with a history of fast boats and tough racing. And its very impressive that our guys were able to clock a 5:45 in their fourth race in 28 hours. It indicates to me that we have a 5:39, the school record, lurking in this boat. It's a testament to the integrity and work ethic of every athlete in our program. Our second varsity boat continues to face challenges, but approaches them in a manner befitting a Stanford oarsmen. Their grit in the face of adversity is telling, and we are hopeful for the rest of their season."
The I Eight stroked its way to its first win of the day with a time of 5:44.8, 4.1 seconds ahead of the 11th-ranked Badgers. The Cardinal came back in the afternoon to clock a 5:45.3 against No. 20 Oregon State, which came in at 5:59.2.
The Frosh Eight bounced back with a strong effort Sunday afternoon after dropping its morning race to the Badgers. In the morning, the Cardinal's 6:06.9 was 12.8 seconds behind Wisconsin, but in the afternoon Stanford roared back with a 6:02.0 to edge out the Beavers by a second.
"The Frosh Eight responded today after a disheartening loss to Wisconson with a blistering first 1,000 meters against OSU in the afternoon," said assitant coach and Frosh Eight coach Jake Cornelius. "The character of both crews was on display in the afternoon race. We knew it would be close given the times of the previous three races, and both boats came to the starting line with the bad taste of disappointment in their mouths. Our guys broke open water around the bridge, but OSU mounted a courageous charge that tested our grit to the utmost. They finished within a few seats of us, but I was very encouraged with our sprint. It bodes well for the future of the program that our athletes were able to pull out a win in this contest."
The II Eight dropped its morning race to Wisconsin by 23 seconds, crossing the line in 6:20.2 to Wisconin's 5:57.2. In the afternoon, the II Eight fought hard, but its time of 6:06.8 was five seconds back of Oregon State.