SEATTLE, Wash. – The Cardinal women’s rowing team raced in two events on Sunday at the Head of the Lake on Lake Union in Seattle, finishing in the top three in both races.
"It's been seven years since we've been to the head of the lake,” said head coach Yasmin Farooq. “It was a good challenge to put together some lineups to take on Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and other Northwest teams that we don't typically see. It was a quick trip for us but a good one, with a fun course, excellent racing and a festive crowd including a number of Stanford alums."
The Stanford 4+ put together an exciting performance for the spectators, passing four boats in the 3-mile course. The Cardinal were the eighth boat to start the race but quickly overtook the University of British Columbia as the two boats came under the first bridge. Stanford rowed by Oregon and Portland State in Portage Bay during the next section of the course. Then in Montlake Cut, a narrow canal lined with fans, the Cardinal moved past the fourth boat, overtaking Seattle.
The Cardinal would end up placing second in the Women’s Collegiate/Open 4+ with a time of 19:59.55. The five members of the Stanford 4+ were coxswain Katie Lopez, Kay Rusher, Amanda Lorei, Simone Jacobs and Courtney Carrabino.
The other event for Stanford at the Head of the Lake was the Championship Women’s 8+. In this race the Cardinal recorded a time of 17:49.04 to finish in third place, 24 seconds behind Washington and six seconds behind Washington State.
Stanford was in third place from start to finish. They gained ground on Washington State in the first corner under the bridge, but the Cougars were able to hold off the Cardinal coming in to the home stretch around the horseshoe “big turn”. Washington started first and extended its advantage over the other boats by steering through its home course well.
Also of note, 2012 Stanford graduate Lindsay Meyer was victorious in the Women’s Open 1x at the Head of the Lake. She clocked a course-best 21:16.55 to finish one minute ahead of the next best competitor.
Stanford will race in one more regatta this fall, competing in the Head of the Lagoon next Sunday, Nov. 10 in Foster City, Calif.