GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's rowing team opened its spring season by posting victories in both the eights and fours competitions against Santa Clara Saturday morning on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
Winners of three of the last four Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) team championships, the Hornets began the year in impressive fashion, winning both races by at least 28 seconds. The Hornets and Broncos compete annually for the Jim Farwell Cup in the varsity eight race, and Sacramento State was able to win the Cup for the seventh consecutive year, defeating Santa Clara by more than 29 seconds over 2,000 meters.
Using a boat that consisted of four student-athletes that were competing with the varsity eight for the first time, the team's top boat posted a time of 6:50.1 over 2,000 meters. That time was nearly nine seconds faster than last year's season-opening time of 6:59.0.
Sacramento State's second varsity eight posted a time of 7:05.3, nearly nine seconds faster than the boat's season-opening time of 7:14.1 from last season. Santa Clara's top boat followed with a time of 7:19.9, and the Hornets' novice eight raced to a time of 7:37.7.
In the fours race, Sacramento State's varsity four rowed to a winning time of 7:51.8, followed by Santa Clara's varsity four (8:19.0), Sacramento State's second varsity four (8:20.6), Sacramento State's novice four (8:21.4) and Santa Clara's second varsity four (8:52.0).
"I thought today was a pretty good start to our season overall," Sacramento State eighth-year head coach Mike Connors said. "We talked about areas where we could have been faster after the conclusion of the races, but there were a lot of positives and it was good to get our first official race under our belt."
The Hornets return to the water next Saturday, March 13, when the team hosts the Sacramento State Invitational. Humboldt State, UC San Diego, Sonoma State, Saint Mary's, Cal Lightweights and Pacific will compete at the regatta along with the Hornets.
SACRAMENTO STATE'S LINEUPS
cox - Jessa Carlson, stroke - Holly Hopkins, 7 - Heather Hopkins, 6 - Emily Airoldi, 5 - Kellie Cook, 4 - Caitlin Brennan, 3 - Sarah Pivonka, 2 - Sarah Slagle, bow - Tori Jackson
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Teresa Seich, stroke - Pam Kline, 7 - Joanne Stacy, 6 - Charlotte Dolan, 5 - Tess Heidig, 4 - Stephanie Thomas, 3 - Sadeeka Dosu, 2 - Ana Fletcher, bow - Rebecca Woolston
cox - Socheata Guimond, stroke - Jennifer Decicio, 7 - Shelley Zakskorn, 6 - Vanessa Ambriz, 5 - Noelle Giddens, 4 - Ashley Sams, 3 - Jessica Khalil, 2 - Marissa Covarrubias, bow - Megan Gilmore
cox - Julia Meese, stroke - Holly Hopkins, 3 - Heather Hopkins, 2 - Slagle, bow - Jackson
SECOND VARSITY FOUR
cox - Erin DeGoede, stroke - Elizabeth Danielson, 3 - Madeleine Folco, 2 - Jessica Beahm, bow - Abigail Macaraig
cox - Kristin Pries, stroke - Amy Tice, 3 - Catherine Smith, 2 - Adrian Sperry, bow - Melissa Latimer
1. Sacramento State Varsity Eight - 6:50.1
2. Sacramento State Second Varsity Eight - 7:05.3
3. Santa Clara Varsity Eight - 7:19.9
4. Sacramento State Novice Eight - 7:37.7
1. Sacramento State Varsity Four - 7:51.8
2. Santa Clara Varsity Four - 8:19.0
3. Sacramento State Second Varsity Four - 8:20.6
4. Sacramento State Novice Four - 8:21.4
5. Santa Clara Second Varsity Four - 8:52
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