June 2, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Stanford men's rowing closed its 2013 season with a second-place finish in the IRA Championships Petite Final for an overall eighth-place national finish.
The II Eight raced in its class' Third Level Final, taking third for an overall 16th-place finish. "The racing today was outstanding," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "We led the entire field from start to 100 meters to go. Yale caught us and squeezed by. Our effort and will were excellent and we ended the 2013 season as the eighth-best crew in America. I am proud of our team.
"Our season and our seniors (Faulkner, Thayer, Lupatkin, Dolben,Lorentzen) have given us traction to work hard and climb high in 2014," Amerkhanian added.
In the I Eight Petite Final, the Cardinal pushed out to the lead right away, holding an advantage of less than a second over a chase pack that included Navy, Yale and Cornell. Over the next 1,000 meters the Cardinal was able to extend its lead slightly to just under a second and a half, yet over the final 500 meters Yale made a push that overcame Stanford, and the Cardinal would go on to finish second in 5:47.84, 1.15 seconds behind the Bulldogs.
The II Eight opened its final with a strong push that gave it an advantage of just under a second over Navy. However, the Cardinal would fall back into second position as it was overcome by Navy over the third 500, and would drop two more spots over the final quarter of the race, crossing the line in 6:07.17, just over six seconds back of Navy's pace and just a second and a half behind third-place Ohio State.