SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second straight year, the Hornet women's rowing team will compete in the Lake Natoma Invitational this weekend at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Racing will take place on Saturday morning and afternoon, as well as Sunday morning.
The nine-team regatta will feature a powerhouse lineup that includes five nationally ranked teams. Among those schools coming to the Aquatic Center will be 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 is hosting the regatta along with Cal, will also be part of the tournament field.
This weekend's racing will mark the most star-studded regular-season regatta Sacramento State has hosted. Last year's Lake Natoma Invite had a field of five ranked teams and one receiving votes. The Aquatic Center serves as host to the Pacific-10 Conference Championships every year while also hosting the NCAA Championships six times since 1997, but rarely hosts a regular-season regatta of this magnitude.
Saturday's racing features a morning (8:30 a.m. until 10:20 a.m.) and afternoon (3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) session. Sunday's schedule will last from 8-9:50 a.m. with boats slotted into finals based on Saturday's results. A complete schedule of both days can be found by clicking on the link above the story. In addition, live results will be available via Twitter by clicking on the link above the story or by clicking here.
Sacramento State's varsity eight will compete in two heats, with the first coming at 9:30 a.m. against Cal and Louisville. The Hornets will return for their second heat at 4:20 p.m. against Washington State and Wisconsin. Sacramento State's second varsity eight will compete at 9 a.m., and 3:50 p.m., the novice eight will race at 10 a.m., and the varsity four will compete at 8:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.
Cal was crowned champions of last year's event, finishing ahead of second-place Stanford, Wisconsin, UCLA, Minnesota, Tennessee, Sacramento State, Texas and Central Florida, respectively.