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ROWING CONCLUDES LAKE NATOMA INVITATIONAL

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Sacramento State's varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four each competed during the second and final day of the Lake Natoma Invitational Sunday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

The two-day, nine-team regatta featured a powerhouse lineup that included five nationally ranked teams. Among those schools were second-ranked Cal, third-ranked Stanford, 13th-ranked Washington State, 14th-ranked Wisconsin and 17th-ranked Tennessee. In addition, three other teams are currently receiving votes, but not ranked in the top 20 comprised of Louisville, Minnesota and Texas. Sacramento State, which hosted the regatta along with Cal, was the only team in the field not ranked or receiving votes in the top 25.

Each of the nine teams were slotted into groups today based on yesterday's heat performances. Cal, Stanford and Washington State were put into Group A, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Louisville were slotted into Group B, and Minnesota, Sacramento State and Texas were put into Group C.

Each school was given the opportunity to compete in four different race categories during the two-day event comprised of the varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four.

Cal finished first in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four grand finals to claim its second consecutive Lake Natoma Invitational championship. In the varsity eight grand final, Cal's time of 6:24.78 was nearly six seconds ahead of Stanford (6:30.68) and nearly 12 seconds quicker than Washington State (6:36.34).

Trailing Cal in the final points standings were Stanford, Washington State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Louisville, Minnesota, Texas and Sacramento State, respectively.

Sacramento State's varsity eight posted its second fastest time of the season (6:48.02), but still finished behind Minnesota (6:41.10) and Texas (6:44.99) in the Group C final.

The Hornets' second varsity eight (7:03.53) and varsity four (7:53.22) also finished third in its Group C races, while the team's novice eight (7:17.70) finished second in its petite final.

Complete results and standings can be found by clicking on the link above the story.

Sacramento State returns to the water in two weeks (May 1-2) for its biggest regatta of the season, the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The WIRA's serve as the team's conference championship event, and the Hornets have won three WIRA team titles in the last four years. Like every year, the WIRA Championships will take place at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

TODAY'S SACRAMENTO STATE'S LINEUPS

NOVICE EIGHT

cox – Socheata Guimond, stroke – Shelley Zakskorn, 7 – Jennifer Decicio, 6 – Catherine Smith, 5 – Rachel Lethco, 4 – Noelle Giddens, 3 – Amy Tice, 2 – Jessica Khalil, bow – Ashley Sams

VARSITY FOUR
cox – Erin DeGoede,, stroke – Sadeeka Dosu, 3 – Stephanie Thomas, 2 – Melissa Latimer, bow – Adrian Sperry

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox – Teresa Seich, stroke - Pam Kline, 7 – Madeleine Folco, 6 – Sarah Slagle, 5 – Joanne Stacy, 4 - Elizabeth Danielson, 3 - Tess Heidig, 2 - Ana Fletcher, bow - Rebecca Woolston

VARSITY EIGHT
cox – Jessa Carlson, stroke - Holly Hopkins, 7 - Heather Hopkins, 6 - Emily Airoldi, 5 - Sarah Pivonka, 4 – Caitlin Brennan, 3 - Kellie Cook, 2 – Charlotte Dolan, bow - Tori Jackson

SACRAMENTO STATE'S RESULTS

NOVICE EIGHT PETITE FINAL

1. Cal 2N8 7:06.00
2. Sacramento State 7:17.7

VARSITY FOUR THIRD-LEVEL FINAL
1. Minnesota 7:29.78
2. Texas 7:43.20
3. Sacramento State 7:53.22

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT THIRD-LEVEL FINAL
1. Minnesota 6:53.30
2. Texas 6:59.25
3. Sacramento State 7:03.53

VARSITY EIGHT THIRD-LEVEL FINAL

1. Minnesota 6:41.10
2. Texas 6:44.99
3. Sacramento State 6:48.02

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