Oct. 28, 2003
Oakland, CA.-- The Stanford University Men's Open 4+ won the prestigious Matt Franich award in Sunday's Head of the Estuary; the premier category at this event. Named for the illustrious Cal rigger, Matt Franich is a legend in West Coast rowing.
During World War II, Franich served his country as the tail-gunner of a B-17 bomber. His crew distinguished themselves with 32 missions across the English Channel. A riveter during the construction of the Bay Bridge, Franich has been a model of an authentic 20th century hero.
Stanford Men consider it an honor to maintain and defend this trophy. Coach Craig Amerkhanian is hopeful that this season's crew will exhibit some of Franich's qualities and character. "He is without a doubt, a treasure in our sport. A model of ingenuity, creativity and durability; we could not be prouder to win this trophy representing this pure and righteous man."
For more results, visit: www.racetrak.com/oakland/hoestuary/2003/. 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.