April 15, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Fifth-ranked Stanford women's rowing heads to the Sacramento area this weekend to participate in the Lake Natoma Invitational.
The Cardinal boats (I Eight, II Eight, Four) will be matched up against No. 9 Wisconsin and Central Florida in Saturday's races. Depending on the outcomes of the races, each of the three schools will be placed in Sunday's Group A, B or C.
"We were excited to be invited to the Lake Natoma Invitational for the third consecutive year," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "The regatta is innovative in that the nine teams square off and advance to the championship round in a format very similar to the NCAA's. The competition will be outstanding, and racing three times in two days is excellent preparation for the rest of our very challenging season."
Stanford's varsity four opens up Saturday's action at 9:10 a.m., with the II Eight set for a 9:40 a.m. start and the I Eight scheduled to race at 10:10 a.m. The Stanford novice eight will face California and Brown at 10:30 a.m.
This weekend's event features four of the nation's top 10 teams, including the Cardinal and Badgers. Also joining the field at Lake Natoma are No. 4 California and No. 6 Brown.
This weekend's competition offers the Cardinal its first competitive opportunity of the spring season to race on the Lake Natoma course, which will host both the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships next month.
As in the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships, the racing at the Lake Natoma Invitational features six lanes across.