May 15, 2005
The Stanford Women competed at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova today at the Pac-10 Conference Championship's. In the morning heats the Cardinal qualified the first and second varsity to the first level final and the varsity four to the second level final.
In the first level finals the second varsity misfired off the starting line and started slightly off the pack. The Cardinal boat fought hard but could not pull back to the group that shot off the line. Stanford finished in fifth ahead of WSU.
Coach Aimee Baker comments, "In such a competitive field it is tough to have a bobbled start and be competitive. This boat has had a great season and for them to not have their best race in the final is really tough. I am proud that they fought back in the race and of their efforts all season."
The first varsity came off the line even with all crews. California took a slight lead with Stanford in second in a close race with Washington and USC. California continued to lead the pack as Stanford and USC moved away from Washington. The Cardinal had just enough in the last 100 meters to take second as USC charged in the final meters.
Coach Aimee Baker states, " This is a great finish for this boat. We had not faced Washington this year so coming in the Huskies were a real unknown and USC had finished right on us at the Crew Classic in April. Cal has been great all year so for Stanford to get the silver amongst this high level competition is a very good accomplishment."
The Cardinal team finished 5th in NCAA points with the combined results of the team boats. NCAA bids will be announced on Tuesday, May 17. For complete results of the Pac-10 racing please go to http://www.jamcotimes.com/2005/pacten/index.htm.