Oct. 14, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Stanford women's rowing saw its first action of the 2010-11 season at the Head of the Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The Cardinal women's eight won the Head of the Oklahoma competition while also finishing second in the 500-meter sprint showcase, while the Cardinal four took third in its class in the sprint and second in the main race.
"The team loves this regatta and they really embraced the experience," said fifth-year Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "Congratulations to the organizing committee which created an event that was a treat for participants and the community. The waterfront and facilities transformation is remarkable. They have created a dynamic atmosphere that really showcases the sport and makes rowing attractive and accessible to all. We'll be back!"
The eight claimed the Head of the Oklahoma main event, pacing the field with a winning time of 13:47.228, nearly 17 seconds ahead of the next-fastest boat.
In the fours race, the Stanford four placed second, clocking a 15:31.076, behind Texas' "B" boat.
Later on in the night, the Cardinal boats participated in the night sprints, which took place under massive stadium lights with music, race announcers and fireworks. In the collegiate eights, Stanford and Washington State battled stroke for stroke, exchanging the lead four times over the 500-meter sprint before Washington State edged the Cardinal at the line by one-tenth of a second, with a winning time of 1:31.300.
"Everyone was fired up for our first race of the year against other collegiate teams, and I could see my teammates' conviction and determination throughout the weekend," said senior women's eight rower Erika Roddy. "I was especially impressed by our four freshmen, whose excitement to race brought new energy and inspiration to our team. The head race was a great chance for us to practice racing for four kilometers, and the night sprint was unique and fun. We're looking forward to taking the lessons we learned in Oklahoma to the Head of the Charles in two weeks."
In the fours race, a wobbly start put the Cardinal at a deficit early on, which allowed Tulsa to take an early lead and win the race with a time of 1:46.900. Washington State was second, and the Cardinal nipped the University of Oklahoma for third, crossing the line in 1:50.300.
Stanford Head of the Oklahoma Lineups