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W. Lightweight: National Champions

From left to right: coaches Katie Sweet and Al Acosta, coxswain Mariel Lanas '12, Gen Tuveson '12, captain Gretchen Stumhofer '11, Liz Fenje '13, Anna Garbier '12, Kit Evans '13, Melissa Hesselgrave '12, Alex Cours '13, Caitlin Morgan '13. (Courtesy of Katherine Heflin)

At yesterday’s IRA National Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J., the No. 2 Stanford women’s lightweight rowing team took home its first national title.

The Lightweight Eight team, captained by junior Gretchen Stumhofer, defeated favorite Wisconsin by nearly four seconds, with Princeton taking third place.

With a final time of 6:28.209, the team also set a new course record by almost a second.

The victory is the first time Stanford’s lightweights have won an IRA national championship. Their previous best finish was third place, which they took him in 2008 and 2009.

In its other event, the Lightweight Four, the Cardinal rowers placed fifth with a time of 7:44.833.

While the lightweight’s victory is not an NCAA Championship, it marks the third national title won overall by Stanford’s teams this spring. Last month, the men’s volleyball and women’s tennis teams both took home titles.

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