SOURCE: Windermere Real Estate

April 10, 2007 19:57 ET

Stanford Men Snag Number Two Crew Ranking, Prepare to Go Head-to-Head With Top-Ranked Washington

Both Teams Will Compete One-on-One at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic in Redwood Shores This Weekend

STANFORD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 10, 2007 -- Stanford University is preparing for one of the fiercest crew competitions in recent history. The men's varsity rowing team claimed the number two spot in college rowing two weeks ago when they defeated the Cal Bears at the San Diego Crew Classic. This weekend, Stanford will go up against the University of Washington, which holds the number one spot in the nation, at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic, which is co-hosted by Stanford.

"Earning the number two spot was a victory for our team," said Stanford's director of rowing and head men's coach Craig Amerkhanian, "and competing against Washington for the number one spot is a challenge that we're ready for." The rivalry between Stanford and Washington began last year, when Stanford beat Washington in a one-on-one Henley style race at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic for the first time in crew history.

"The Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic brings together the nation's top teams, so this level of intense competition is rare in college crew," said Amerkhanian. "We're honored to be part of this regatta, and we plan to use our momentum from last year to come out strong and give Washington a run for their money."

The Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic is an invitational rowing regatta held at Redwood Shores in Redwood City, California. The regatta is the largest collegiate rowing event in the Western United States and welcomes nearly 1,000 athletes and countless spectators each year for a weekend of competition and festival. The Redwood Shores Lagoon race course is viewed as one of the best race courses in the country. In addition to Stanford University, visiting teams include George Washington, Notre Dame, Central Florida, Princeton, Oregon State, Loyola, Washington, Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia, Trinity College, California, Wisconsin, UCLA, Washington State, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Sonoma State and UC Davis. Athletes will compete in two days of Henley style racing, a one-on-one or a two-boat race used for competition at the famous Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England.

Stanford will compete against Washington at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic in Redwood Shores, California, on Sunday, April 15, at 11 a.m.

About Windermere Real Estate and Rowing

Windermere's heritage of supporting collegiate crew racing began over 20 years ago when the company sponsored the first annual Windermere Cup regatta in Seattle, one of the largest community events in Seattle that welcomes national and international crew teams for exciting competition. In 2003, Windermere expanded its involvement with the sport and launched, in conjunction with Stanford University, the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic at Redwood Shores.

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