Fourth in a row: Stanford’s lightweight 8 crew team snags national title again

Last Sunday, Stanford lightweight rowing’s I Eight took its fourth national championship in a row, capturing the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships’ Grand Final in Gold River, Calif.

The Cardinal jumped out to a quick lead and took the championship with a fine wire-to-wire performance. After 500 meters the Cardinal lead was one second, and a sustained push increased the lead to two and a half seconds by the 1,000-meter mark and to three seconds with 500 meters to go.

Over those final 500 meters the Cardinal boat out-pushed its competition, crossing the line in 6:47.68, just under four seconds ahead of second-place Harvard.