Facing adverse conditions, Stanford men's rowing persevered to advance all three of its boats (I Eight, Frosh Eight, Four) into Friday's semifinals at the IRA Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J.
"Rowing in 25-mile-per-hour winds is not routine," Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian said. "All three crews advanced by rowing aggressively in less than optimum conditions. The Stanford varsity eight won the afternoon rep while the four and frosh also advanced to Friday's semifinals by finishing second. All three boats raced with zeal. It was the effort put forth by each crew member that made the difference"
The I Eight took fourth place in its morning qualifying heat, crossing the line with a time of 5:42.949. With only the top two boats in the heat getting berths in the semifinals, the Cardinal was forced into a second-chance race in the afternoon for a semifinal spot.
Needing a top-three finish in its afternoon repechage, the Cardinal took first with a time of 5:38.000 to book its spot into Friday's semifinal round. There, Stanford will race in the second semifinal, facing off against Yale, Wisconsin, Harvard, Washington and Georgetown.
Boats from Cornell and Yale, in separate races, encountered some debris on the water that forced extra action. In Cornell's case, the Big Red were forced to row in the repechage while Yale, which was knocked off course, was awarded a spot in the semifinal after lodging a protest.
Stanford sophomores Kenny Diekroeger and Dean McArdle were both named first team all-academic all-Pac-10 selections, while Mark Appel, Zach Jones, Stephen Piscotty, Jordan Pries, Chris Reed, and Scott Snodgress joined them as honorable mention selections.
Diekroeger, a starting infielder the last two seasons, has a 3.69 cumulative GPA. McArdle, a starting pitcher, has a 3.62 GPA. Appel and Pries were also a part of the weekend rotation this season, entering postseason play at the NCAA Regional at Fullerton against Kansas State starting on Friday.
Diekroeger, Piscotty and Reed were a part of the all-conference athletic team announced earlier in the week. Reed, Pries, and Snodgress are all juniors, Jones is the lone senior. The rest are sophomores.
Stanford senior Hannah Burroughs was named an All-American by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association, completing a strong career for the Rhode Island native.
Burroughs crewed the B Division team at the coed national championships to a 13th place finish, completing a career that saw her earn back-to-back All-Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference honors as a sophomore and junior as a skipper, before moving over to the crew her final season.
During her career, the Stanford team has sailed at the national championships in each of her four seasons. Twice during her career she was named sailor of the week by the PCCSC.
Burroughs is the 15th All-American crew member for the Cardinal since 1984 and first since Kelly McKenna was a three-time All-American from 2007 to 2009.
In other news, Stanford sailing finished ninth overall in the final Fowle Trophy standings for top collegiate sailing program. Molly McKinney (sixth in singlehandeds), Sally Mace (ninth) and Oliver Toole (13th) scored points in the fall, while the team's fifth place national semifinal appearance, and three appearances in the national races this past week, helped the Cardinal into the top-10.