Stanford rowers have a solid week at the Club Nationals


Stanford lightweight rowing team members Katherine Christel and Jackie Huddle were two of the stars at the Club Nationals last week in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Christel, a junior human biology major, won both of her races. She teamed with Huddle to lead the pack in both the A Final and heat of the Intermediate Lightweight 2x. The duo finished 6.5 seconds ahead of the next best boat on Friday, winning in a time of 7:43.467. Christel returned to the race course on Sunday for her second victory. She clocked 8:38.45 to take first place in the Intermediate Lightweight 1x. Huddle finished fourth in 8:52.656.

Two Stanford signees also competed over the five days of racing. Keagan Hanley of Manhasset, N.Y. was rowing for Harborside in five different events. Isabelle Foster of the Southeastern Connecticut Rowing Club took part in three events.

This week Christine Cavallo and Brittany Presten will compete at the Under-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy. The duo will be half of the lightweight women's quadruple skull for the U.S. as Cavallo will sit in the stroke seat and Presten in the bow seat. They will begin racing on Wednesday.

Also at Club Nationals, Stanford was represented well as Ryan Hails and Max Freundlich each came away with victories. Hails won his first race of the regatta. Competing in the Senior 4x, Hails edged the field by less than a half second. His boat crossed the finish line in 6:21.105, which was .461 ahead of the second place boat.

Freundlich finished off the weekend with a victory in the Intermediate 4x with Vesper Rowing Club. His boat won both the heat race on Saturday and the final on Sunday. The winning time on Sunday was 6:28.041, which was .82 seconds in front of the second-place finisher.

Hails and Freundlich each competed in one other event as well. Hails took third in the Intermediate 4x, two spots behind Freundlich. In the Intermediate 8+, Freundlich came in second with a time of 5:54.924 on Friday.

Cardinal senior Kaess Smit will represent Stanford and the United States at the Under-23 World Championships this week. He will sit bow seat in the coxed eight. His first race will be Thursday.

Field hockey

Stanford junior Clemence Couteau was one of 18 players named to the U21 French National Team for the Fintro EuroHockey Junior Championship Tournament.

Couteau, a Bay Area native, takes up the mantle from her mother, a French national, who also played on the French National Team. The tournament concludes Saturday in Waterloo, Belgium.

Couteau and France opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Spain. They quickly bounced back by defeating Russia 4-3 the following day. During the game, the French team was three-for-three on short corners, with the winning goal a product of one of these attempts.

France next will play England on Wednesday.


Stanford assistant coach Alex Tirapelle has been named the 19th Roger Reina Head Coach of Wrestling in the history of the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement was made Monday by Penn's Director of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, M. Grace Calhoun.

Tirapelle heads to Penn after four seasons as an assistant coach with the Cardinal. While coaching at Stanford, he helped guide the program to its best dual-season record in school history with a 17-5 mark in 2013-14. In addition, last season's squad sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships -- tying the school record. Four of those NCAA qualifiers last season were Pac-12 champions, also a school record.

In his four seasons on The Farm, Tirapelle helped guide 14 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, including Stanford's second three-time All-American and first two-time finalist in Nick Amuchastegui. The Cardinal earned five total All-America honors during Tirapelle's tenure, including three at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Philadelphia -- the highest All-America output at any NCAA Championships by a Stanford squad. The three All-Americans in 2011 propelled Stanford to an 11th-place finish overall, the highest team finish in program history.

— Stanford Athletics

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Congratulations to Coach Tirapelle! Although a loss for Cardinal, Penn State gains a true talent. Best wishes.

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