2008 Head of the American Regatta Results
LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - The Stanford women anchored a successful weekend for Cardinal boats at the Head of the American Regatta at Lake Natoma. The women accounted for four victories on the day as the Cardinal also received strong efforts from the men's freshman eight and the Stanford lightweights.
The women's novice eight provided the first win of the day for the Cardinal crews, capturing the 11-boat novice collegiate women's eight competition in a time of 17:08. Stanford led from the start in the race and it's winning time was 50 seconds faster than the second place California Gold boat, and 52 seconds better than the third-place California Blue boat.
Stanford's lineup for that first win consisted of coxswain Jenna Levy, Erin Radigan, Molly Wachtel, Marielle Higgins, Anna Rasmussen, Molly Bauer, Laura Malkiewich, Kelsey Grousbeck, and Poncie Rutsch.
"The novice eight victory got the day off to a nice start," said women's head coach Yasmin Farooq. "They came in focused and ready to race. They are a cohesive, driven and really fun group and they are bringing great energy and enthusiasm to the team."
Next up was the women's collegiate pair race, in which the pair of Grace Luczak and Erika Roddy found its rhythm, passing Sacramento State's A boat and California's Blue boat en route to a winning time of 18:51 in the 13-boat field. That time was 51 seconds ahead of the Cal Blue boat and 1:06 better than the third-place California Gold boat.
In Stanford's third victory, the Cardinal women's double once again crossed the line first ahead of California's blue and gold boats. This time, the duo of Lindsay Meyer and Michelle Vezie turned in a winning time of 18:14, 34 and 35 seconds faster than the Cal gold and blue boats, respectively. Following that, the three Stanford lightweight boats rounded out the final three spots in the field.
Meyer and Vezie would go on to be the only two competitors in the collegiate women's single race, which Meyer won with a time of 20:01. Vezie would finish in a time of 21:30.
Stanford would enter three boats in the women's collegiate fours race, with its top finish being fourth place. The Cardinal boat that took fourth finished in a time of 17:54, 18 seconds off of the winning pace, while the two remaining Stanford boats finished sixth (18:05) and 13th (19:11).
"I'm really happy with this team's desire and ability to learn and improve with each practice and race," Farooq added. "They're truly making the most of the Fall season."
On the men's side, Stanford's boat turned in a top-four finish in the novice collegiate men's eight race. Due to a malfunction of the finish-line video camera and timing errors, the places were unable to be determined, but the Cardinal managed to make a run and pass four boats on the course en route to the top-four effort in the 12-boat field.
"The novices put together a solid race in their first outing as Cardinal oarsmen," said Stanford men's assistant coach Pete Giese. "I look forward to watching their growth over the next week and upcoming season."
The men's lineup featured coxswain Alex Topacio, along with (in order of seat from No. 8 to No. 1) Peter Leemputte, Ryan Sudeck, Dean Walker, Edwin Brower, Matt Pruchniewski, Colin Casey, Peter Gail, and Chip Schroeder.
All three Stanford teams will return to the water next week at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Nov. 2 in Newport.