April 20, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing closed out the first day of competition at the Lake Natoma Invitational Saturday, with the I Eight highlighting the effort with wins in each of its races.
The ninth-ranked Cardinal faced off against No. 15 Wisconsin and Tulsa in the morning session then was grouped with No. 17 Washington State and Kansas in the afternoon.
Stanford will conclude action at the event Sunday morning.
The I Eight captured both of its races Saturday, turning in a time of 6:36.9 in the morning and 6:34.7 in its second race. In the former, the Cardinal outdistanced runner-up Wisconsin (6:45.5) by nearly nine seconds and in the latter posted a nearly 13-second win over runner-up Washington State.
The II Eight took second in its morning race before bouncing back for a win in the afternoon. Against Wisconsin and Tulsa the Cardinal crossed the line in 6:48.2, just under five seconds back of Wisconsin's winning time of 6:43.3 and 32 seconds ahead of Tulsa. Later in the day the Cardinal crew crossed the line in 6:48.7, 11.1 seconds ahead of the Cougars and nearly 22 seconds ahead of Kansas.
Stanford's Four turned in a pair of second-place finishes. The Cardinal dropped a bang-bang decision to Wisconsin in the morning, its time of 7:24.2 being edged out by fractions of a second by the Badgers' time of 7:23.9. Later in the day the Cardinal's time of 7:43.1 was 6.3 seconds behind Washington State's top time of 7:36.9.
The Novice Eight were also in action Saturday, finishing third in its heat with a time of 7:11.3, 12.2 seconds behind California and 7.8 seconds behind Wisconsin.
In the II Four competition, the Cardinal crew took third in its heat, crossing the line in 8:15.3. The boat then raced in the II Four petite final later Saturday, finishing third in a time of 8:12.4.
Stanford Boat Lineups