Oct. 27, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University has long been known as a leading academic institution. Supreme Court Justices, Nobel Laureates, Astronauts and Presidents have attended Stanford. Men's Crew has had its share of distinguished undergraduates. This season the team will be bolstered by the return of Jamie Schroeder from the United States Olympic Team. Transfer Adam Kreek from the Canadian Olympic Team and the University of Victoria will join him. These two men will contribute greatly to an already surging program. Last season, the frosh 8 finished fifth in the nation. This represented the highest frosh finish in school history.
"This season's opportunities began in 2001 in a parking lot," said coach Craig Amerkhanian.
Stanford Crew has developed with patience and purpose. Since Amerkhanian began his tenure four years ago, Stanford has added equipment (4 Ford 15 Passenger Vans, 4 Ford Excursion SUV's, 75 Concept II ergometers, oars, four Resolute 8's, two Pocock 8's, five Pocock 4's, 6 pairs, 3 singles-Resolute, Empacher, Hudson) and a 6.5 million dollar boathouse. Stanford Athletics' contract with Nike ensures our athletes of cutting edge clothing technology that work with our mild climate.
"Student-Athletes need continuity and consistency in training. Our goal at Stanford is to provide the resources that will enable our athletes to succeed at the highest level. Jamie and Adam both recognized what Stanford University embodies -academic excellence and athletic opportunity. We want only the best for our current student-athletes and our future team members."
Amerkhanian is excited about the prospects of peer collaboration throughout the squad.
"Adam and Jamie are enthusiastic ambassadors for our sport. Their work ethic and what they exemplify is contagious."
Schroeder is fresh off a victory in the Open Four at the Head of the Charles and is pursuing Medical School. Kreek recognizes the academic experience at Stanford as unparalleled and continues to complete his Earth Sciences degree in Geology. He applied to Stanford as the only logical choice to pursue academic distinction and athletic excellence.
As the team prepares for the Head of the American, anticipation is building for the Spring racing season. This past weekend, Stanford celebrated the 10th Consecutive Director's Cup title, awarded by the NCAA to the top athletic program in the country. The Third Windermere Collegiate Regatta, the San Diego Crew Classic, the Pacific Ten Conference Championships, the IRA Regatta, and the Henley Royal Regatta highlight a challenging schedule. With perennial powers Cal and Washington leading the way, the Pac-10 has finished first five times at the IRA since 1997. It is Stanford Crew's desire to join the PAC 10 elite.
Stanford's Homecoming Weekend saw the return of the 1954 crew. The 8+ rowed Saturday morning to great fanfare. Stanford Crew is committed to alumni support and interaction at all regattas.
SUMMER CAMP ANNOUNCEMENT
Stanford Crew is excited to announce both Overnight and Daycamp sessions for Summer 2005. For further information and/or to receive our brochure, contact Camps Coordinator Jon Allbin at 650-736-1840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.