WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Stanford men’s rowing team is ready to race at the IRA National Championships on Lake Mercer.
Since the Pac-12 Championships, head coach Craig Amerkhanian has jumbled the lineups and has confidence that the best available lineups will be on the water for the Cardinal.
“Everybody is enthusiastic and committed to one another,” said Amerkhanian. “We have had great success at IRA’s over the years. It is difficult to go up against Cal and Washington all season and now we will race teams that are similar to our speed and will hopefully bring out the best in us. We are excited to be back here.”
“With our new lineups the team has rejuvenation and new speed,” said Robins. “There is a lot of optimism. We are still looking for our best speed of the year. Everyone has a good attitude and is real focused.”
The Stanford varsity eight will get things started in heat #4 at 8:45 a.m. on Friday. The Cardinal will be in the same heat as No. 4 Brown, No. 5 Princeton, No. 12 Navy, No. 20 Florida Institute of Technology and Holy Cross.
“We had some of our hardest workouts the past two weeks, but they gave us our best outcomes of the year,” said Hack. “It is tough for us to judge our speed sometimes because racing Cal and Washington is going against the best in college. There are a lot of crews to have competition with this weekend.”
The second varsity eight will be in heat #4 at 9:45 a.m. on Friday. They will race against No. 1 Washington, No. 9 Cornell, No. 3 Harvard, No. 14 Penn and Gonzaga.
“There is a lot of speed we haven’t faced yet,” said Robins. “That brings a lot of unknown, which brings excitement and anticipation to our races.”
The regatta will run Friday-Sunday at Lake Mercer. For live results fans can follow @ecacrowing and @stanfordmrowing on twitter.
For fans attending the event, parking is $10 per car per day and is cash only. Admission for adults is $10 and for 18 and under is free of charge. A results board will be posted near the finish line tower.