Nov. 19, 2008
FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Santa Clara Men's Crew concluded their Fall season of rowing on Saturday, Nov. 9th, with a fantastic showing. The race, The Head of The Lagoon, was held in Foster City on a very curvy and windy course. Santa Clara had not been to this regatta in a number of years and only one of the current rowers had any experience on this course. However, that did not stop the team from having its best showing so far this season.
The team entered a total of four boats into the race -- 2 eight and 2 four-man boats. The eights had the first race of the day at 9:15 and started the day off on the right note. The first Santa Clara eight, stroked by Jake Carrigan, went out with an early lead on the field and never looked back. They finished the 5,000 meter course in a time of 18:09, giving them a first place finish and beating the next closest crew, Sonoma by 40 seconds. They were also awarded the Grand Sequoia Cup for having the fastest of the entire reggata. The second Santa Clara eight, stroked by Andrew Schneider, also had a good race and came in fourth place with a time of 21:11.
The Santa Clara four-man boats also had a fantastic showing. They raced at 11:30 and one of the two boats included four rowers that had been in the earlier 8 race as well. The first Santa Clara four was stroked by Tim Huss. He led that boat to gold with a time of 19:53, beating powerhouse rival Stanford by 10 seconds. The second Santa Clara 4 came right on the heals of Stanford with a time of 20:46 placing them 3rd for the bronze medal.
The team is very excited about their results from this weekend but is already starting to focus on their primary season in the spring.
Starting in March, their official race season will consist of 2,000 meter sprint races which require an even higher level of strength, determination, and focus. The men will be practicing throughout the winter quarter 5-6 days a week to get prepared for the tough competition. Their goal is to keep the momentum from this final race of their fall season, build on it, and come back stronger than ever in the Spring.