April 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Stanford men's rowing got its weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic off to a positive start as the I, II and Frosh Eights each claimed wins in their respective heats.
"We're very pleased with the results from this morning's races," said men's rowing head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "All the athletes have worked hard, and its great to see them taste the success they have toiled for all winter. Our varsity boat had a hard-fought race with Penn and Oregon State and we'll see them both again tomorrow along with Cal in the final. I'm very proud of our second varsity for their strong finish, which is all the more impressive because two novices number among the athletes in that lineup. We are looking forward to clean, hard racing tomorrow morning as the completion to a great weekend."
The I Eight battled Penn and Oregon State in the second heat of the Copley Cup competition, outlasting the Quaker crew for a 2.65-second win. The Cardinal's final time of 5:52.27 was also just a shade under 13 seconds faster than Oregon State.
The Cardinal will go up against Penn and Oregon State once more, along with California, Gonzaga and University of British Columbia in Sunday's Grand Final at 9:50 a.m.
The Frosh Eight was up next for Stanford, taking first in its heat with a time of 6:21.90. The time was six seconds ahead of runner-up Gonzaga. Rounding out the field in the heat were UC San Diego, USC, UCLA and Santa Clara.
The boat will race for the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup in the Grand Final against California, UC Santa Barbara, Gonzaga, OCC and Oregon State Sunday at 11:20 a.m.
"I was pleased we were able to qualify for the Freshman final," said assistant coach Jake Cornelius, who oversees the Frosh Eight. "It's very rewarding to watch our athletes on the race course after a long winter of training. The guys are excited for a good race tomorrow against quality crews."
The II Eight, racing for the Sharp Cabrillo Cup, outlasted Gonzaga, UC Irvine, Santa Clara and Bates Saturday morning. The Cardinal's heat-winning time of 6:31.20 was 3.06 seconds faster than Gonzaga, with UC Irvine, Santa Clara and Bates rounding out the finishing order.
The Cardinal boat will race for the cup Sunday at 10:10 a.m. against the A and B boats of California, Gonzaga, Oregon State and University of British Columbia.