Stanford senior oarswoman Elle Logan was named Pac-10 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year on Thursday, as the conference announced its All-Pac-10 rowing teams and honors.
In addition to taking home the conference's top honor, Logan was also named to the women's All-Pac-10 Team alongside teammates Anna Dawson and Erika Roddy.
Logan's selection marked the third time in the past four years that a Stanford oarswoman has been selected the Pac-10's Rowing Athlete of the Year. Roddy earned the honor in 2009 and Jessi Reel was honored in 2008.
Logan, a three-time CRCA All-American and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, recently was named to her fourth straight CRCA All-West Region Team Wednesday. This year, Logan was again a key part of Stanford's I Eight boat which came within a half-second of the gold medal at the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago.
Logan, Roddy and Dawson, along with the rest of the Cardinal squad, will begin competition at the 2011 NCAA Championships this Friday morning as the I Eight gets underway at 9 a.m.
Dawson, a sophomore from Christchurch, N.Z., made a big impact with the I Eight in her second season on The Farm. Wednesday, she was named to the CRCA All-West Region Second Team. Thursday's announcement marks her first All-Pac-10 selection.
Roddy, meanwhile, was named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the second time. A member of the Cardinal I Eight, Roddy, along with Logan, will go for the boat's second NCAA individual title this weekend at Lake Natoma after already capturing NCAA gold in 2009.
Stanford senior oarsman Alex Syverson was named to the men's rowing All-Pac-10 Team, the conference announced Thursday.
Syverson, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., is a member of the Stanford I Eight that claimed the bronze medal at the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago. The Stanford men's I Eight will travel to Cherry Hill, N.J. next weekend to take part in the IRA National Championships from June 2-4.
With Syverson as part of the I Eight crew, the Cardinal boat also finished second in the Grand Final for the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic in April, split a pair of races at the Stanford Invitational, and defeated Cambridge (UK) at the Windermere Cup in Seattle in May.
Syverson's season actually began during the summer, as he was part of the U.S. men's four that took seventh at the World Under-23 Championships back in July.
Track and field
Stanford made the most of the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday night by qualifying seven athletes to the NCAA Championships that will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks.
Stanford was particularly strong in the men's 10,000 meters with four runners finishing among the top five. Elliott Heath led the way in first followed by teammates Chris Derrick, Jake Riley and Miles Unterreiner. Heath won in 29:11.44, while the others finished 3-4-5, just seconds off the pace. The result will give Stanford four of the 24 runners at the NCAA finals in the event.
On the women's side, Stanford did not have the same depth in the 10,000 meters, but Pac-10 champion Stephanie Marcy easily advanced to the NCAA finals, running a time of 33:31.95.
Other Stanford women who punched their tickets to Des Moines were in the field where Eda Karesin advanced in the javelin and Brittni Dixon-Smith will be moving on in the long jump. Karesin advanced after tossing 163-6 to place sixth. Karesin had her best toss on her first throw of the competition and will advance to her first NCAA Outdoor Championships. Dixon-smith also had the sixth-best mark with a leap of 20-6 ¼.
In the opening rounds of competition, Amaechi Morton advanced in the 400 intermediate hurdles after having the top time (50.42) of the day. Spencer Chase ran 47.14 in the 400 meters and also advanced.
The Stanford women also had several athletes advance to the quarterfinals that will be run Friday and Saturday.
In the middle distances, Joy O'Hare advanced after running 2:07.15 in the 800 meters and placing second in her heat. In addition, Madeline Duhon squeezed through in the 1,500 meters after running a time of 4:23.48.
In the hurdles, freshman Kori Carter won her heat of the 400-meter hurdles to qualify to the quarterfinals. She ran 58.39, the sixth-fastest time of the day. Also advancing was Katie Nelms, who was 19th overall with a time of 59.80. Nelms was third in her heat.