Pirates post strong times at Stanford Invitational

Pirates post strong times at Stanford Invitational

REDWOOD SHORES -- The Orange Coast College men's crew posted solid times and battled some of the top crews in the northern region this past weekend at the Stanford Invitational. 

OCC's Varsity 8 took part in three races over the weekend. On Friday, Coast took on the University of Washington's Third Varsity 8 as well as a strong 15 mile-per-hour headwind, which made racing even more difficult. The Pirates hung tough and rowed a solid race and came in with a time of 6 minutes, 30.5 seconds.

On Saturday, under much better racing conditions, Coast opened things with a matchup against Cal's Third Varsity 8 and after an early lead against the reigning IRA National Champions, the Golden Bears pulled ahead late and won by just over six seconds, with OCC's posting a time of 6:07.1.

Later in the afternoon, OCC took on UC Davis and this time, held on to its early advantage the entire length of the race, posting a winning time of 6:01.58, six seconds ahead of UCD's time of 6:07.

The Second Varsity and Novice 8+ also competed strongly.  The Second Varsity performed extremely well and after a time trial race on Friday, won their Saturday race over UC Davis by 19 seconds, clocking in with a mark of 6:11.44.  The Novice continued their strong showing, besting Santa Clara's 3rd Varsity 8+ by 14 seconds with a time of 6:34.6.  They raced above their weight on Saturday against Cal's 4th Varsity and held them to within 13 seconds with a time of 6:15.8.

"Overall this weekend was designed to provide good racing experience while focusing on improvements and execution," OCC head coach Cam Brown said. "The entire squad achieved this goal and we are looking forward to the WIRA Championships at the end of this month (April 29-30), which serves as our qualifier for the National Championships in May."