Oct. 1, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's crew opened its fall season this weekend, competing at the Head of the Oklahoma and OG&E Night Sprints. The Cardinal four captured its class competitions while the eight took second in its class.
"I really like this race because the team is launched right into the racing season and they get immediate perspective and feedback on the quality of competition at the NCAA D-I level," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "The OG&E Night Sprints is a fun and fantastic 500-meter dash. We won't be doing racing starts until our spring championship season, but it's an awesome reminder of what's ahead when we hit 2K season in March."
The eight finished daytime racing in 14:48.364, behind only Clemson which finished in 14:42.534. The result was good for second among the 21 crews entered in the eights competition.
In the night sprint, the eight tied for second with Oklahoma in 1:28.900, behind Clemson's 1:26.900.
The four topped the women's collegiate 4+ daytime racing with a top time of 16:12.96, a half-second ahead of Clemson (16:13.496) and nearly 15 seconds ahead of third-place Oklahoma (16:27.873).
At night, the four took second with a time of 1:41.099, less than a second behind Clemson's 1:40.326.
Both crews competed in conditions that included a steady rain and slight wind.
"The four rowed a really aggressive race, and got into a little 'blade to blade combat' with Texas under the railroad bridge, but they escaped unscathed, executed the pass, and pulled off the win. It was a gutsy effort from stroke one that paid off," Farooq added.
Stanford will return to action Oct. 21 at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Mass.