Oct. 25, 2003
Rancho Cordova, CA - The Stanford Women's Crew raced in three events today on the perfect waters of Lake Natoma. After a strong finish at the Head of the Charles last Sunday the Cardinal first eight split up into smaller boats. Abby Loughrey and Missy Fiesler raced in the Open Women's Double starting in the fourth position of four. The duo took command of the race early by passing all three boats that had started ahead of them and won the event by 39 seconds over the 5000 meter course.
The second women's eight competed for the first time this year in the Open Women's Eight and were the only entry in this event for Stanford. The boat started fourteenth out of sixteen crews and was comprised of Kelly Garneski, Carly York, Jenny McColloch, Stephanie Connolly, Liz Harrison, Laura Craeger, Emily Matz, Stephanie Potter, Margit Zwemer. The boat had a strong first 3000 meters of the race and passed five boats. Coming down the last 2000 meters of the course the eight started to move on the next pack of boats but fell short. Overall this was a solid start for the eight as they finished ahead of all the second entries in the race, with the exception of USC, and ahead of five first entries. Cal won the event with USC placing second.
In the Women's Open Four event the Cardinal started fifth out of a field of ten. The boat made up ground quickly as they passed the four crews that started ahead of them during the first 3000 meters of the race. The Cardinal boat of Wendy Hoeveler, Melissa Haury, Molly Loeb, Marlo Dreissigacker, and Ashley Maloney won the event by 51 seconds. Cal "B" finished second and Cal "A" finished third.
For complete results go to: http://www.csusaquaticcenter.com/html/head_of_the_american.html
Stanford Men Defend Open 8+ Gold; the Novice 8+ defeats all
Lake Natoma, CA-- The Stanford University Men's Varsity defended their title in the Men's Open 8+ event at the Head of the American. The Novice Collegiate 8+ Event also produced gold medals for the first-year Cardinal oarsman.
In the Novice 8+ event, Cal and Stanford squared off on equitable ground in a race of non-scholarship first-year rowers. The result saw the Cardinal novices defeat the Cal novices by six seconds. Racing proved spirited and aggressive, with all Stanford Crews pushing hard down the course. The first month of training yielded the positive results on display.
In the Open 8+ event, the Cardinal started quickly and settled to a powerful rhythm, leading to the 17 second margin of victory. Coach Craig Amerkhanian noted: "Our team pulled for each other today." In the Novice Collegiate 8+ event, assistant coach Jon Allbin remarked: "Our guys have been learning and growing since October 1. I am proud of the effort the crew demonstrated. The first eleven days of on the water work led to their performance. As the first time this boat has even rowed together, their performance will pay dividends later this year."
For more results, visit: www.row2k.com/results/2003/1025HeadofAmerican.pdf. For a full rundown on Fall Head races, visit www.row2k.com. The Men's Crew will next race as the defending champion Open Men's 8+ in the Newport Fall Regatta on November 2nd.