Oct. 21, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. - Racing in a star-studded field that featured Olympians from around the world, Stanford Women's Rowing raced to a ninth-place finish in the Championship Eights at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
The finish was fourth among college teams, making it one of Stanford's best finishes in team history at the regatta.
"It was an extremely aggressive and gutsy race by all nine," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "Naomi Cornman steered an excellent course and the team never backed down in really challenging conditions. The crew embraced and relished the opportunity to race against the world's best. Five of the eights in the race were made up of 2012 Olympians. It was the greatest amount of talent I've ever seen outside of the Olympics or World Championships in one race and it was an honor for our boat to compete against them and to have such a strong showing."
The Cardinal crew of coxswain Naomi Cornman, Lindsay Meyer, Anna Dawson, Julianna Kapjian-Pitt, Alix Chrumka, Kristy Wentzel, Filippa Karrfelt, Daphne Martschenko and Christina Bax crossed the line in a time of 17:10.135, 57 seconds back of the winning USRowing crew, a composite boat made up of members of the U.S. Olympic gold medal women's eight and bronze medalist women's quad.
The runner-up boat from Cambridge Boat Club was made up of top Olympic scullers from around the world, with a total of nine Olympic medals among them.
The Cardinal's finish was also just three seconds back of the Canadian entry, which was the nation's Olympic silver medalist eight boat from this summer.