April 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Stanford's men's I Eight and Frosh Eight each turned in a runner-up finish at the San Diego Crew Classic Sunday, with the II Eight taking sixth in its competition.
"Finishing relatively close to Cal from Lane Two at the Crew Classic is very encouraging given the racing conditions," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "They are always ranked among the top crews in the country, and our ability to race with them speaks highly of our training and the culture of work. It is also quite hopeful that we were able to distance ourselves from perennial powerhouses like Penn, Oregon State, and university of British Columbia. We look forward to competitive races in the coming weeks at our Redwood Shores duels."
Up first for Stanford Sunday was the I Eight, going for the Copley Cup. The Grand Final would quickly turn into a two-boat race between the Cardinal and rival California, but it was the Golden Bears that would capture the Cup with a time of 5:45.4, just over four seconds ahead of the Cardinal.
The Cardinal finished nearly 20 seconds ahead of the next crew, Penn, and well ahead of British Columbia, Oregon State and Gonzaga, which finished out the race's order.
Later in the day, the Frosh Eight lined up against California, OCC, Oregon State, Gonzaga and UC Santa Barbara with the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup on the line. Just as in the I Eight final, California would find open water, capturing the Cup in a time of 6:06.60. The time was just under 11 seconds better than the Cardinal, which finished in 6:17.21. The Cardinal was over four and a half seconds faster than OCC in third, with Oregon State, Gonzaga and UCSB rounding out the order.
"Cal gave us a hard race from the very start," said Stanford assistant coach and head freshman coach Jake Cornelius. "They are always a strong competitor at the freshman level, and we are lucky to have such a formidable rival so close to home. We are hopeful we can gain more speed in the coming weeks."
In between the two races, the II Eight raced in the Grand Final for the Sharp Cabrillo Cup. The Cardinal took sixth with a time of 6:16.58 as California's A entry took the Cup with a time of 5:52.78.
The Stanford men return to action in two weeks at Redwood Shores, battling Washington April 20 then hosting the Stanford Invitational April 21.