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ROWING ADVANCES VARSITY EIGHT AND SECOND VARSITY EIGHT TO DAD VAIL SEMIFINALS

PHILADELPHIA - The Sacramento State women's varsity eight and second varsity eight both won their heats during the first day of the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River, and will advance to the semifinals in their respective events tomorrow morning.

Founded in 1934, the Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States that includes colleges and Universities from the U.S. and Canada. Over 100 schools and thousands of rowers will compete at the event this week.

Fresh off last weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship, the Hornets' varsity eight posted a time of 6:48.72 over 2,000 meters, easily the fastest time in its six-boat heat. In fact, the time was the fifth fastest among the 35 boats (six heats) that entered the event.

With the first-place showing, the Hornets' top boat automatically advanced to the semifinals and will compete tomorrow morning at 7:58 a.m. PST against UConn, Colgate, Grand Valley, Temple and Loyola (Md.). The top two boats from that race advance to the final at 1:10 p.m. PST. Sacramento State is seeking its second-ever Dad Vail varsity eight title as the team won the trophy in 2004.

In the second varsity eight heat (five-boat field), the Hornets' time of 7:14.73 was more than five seconds quicker than Old Dominion (7:19.84), Temple (7:25.04), George Mason (7:29.11) and Florida (7:53.87). Sacramento State's time was the second fastest among the 20 boats (four heats) that entered the event.

With the first place time, the Hornets' second varsity eight advanced to the semifinals and will compete tomorrow morning at 7:23 a.m. PST against Temple, St. Joseph's, Delaware, UConn and Purdue.

The Hornets are competing in the Dad Vail Regatta for the fifth time in the last eight years. Usually, the team travels just its varsity eight boat to the regatta, but elected to bring the second varsity eight this year as well. The team's varsity eight placed third in the Dad Vail petite final last year, won a silver medal at the event in 2008, claimed its first-ever Everlyn Bergman Trophy in 2004, and placed second in the petite final in 2003.

This weekend wraps up Sacramento State's 2010 season.

SACRAMENTO STATE'S LINEUPS

VARSITY EIGHT

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

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

SACRAMENTO STATE'S RESULTS

WOMEN'S VARSITY HEAVYWEIGHT EIGHT (Heat 4)

1. Sacramento State  6:48.72
2. Fordham  6:55.98
3. UConn  7:02.17
4. Drake  7:07.31
5. Villanova  7:11.32
6. Binghamton  7:20.86

WOMEN'S JV HEAVYWEIGHT EIGHT (Heat 2)
1. Sacramento State  7:14.73
2. Old Dominion  7:19.84
3. Temple  7:25.04
4. George Mason  7:29.11
5. Florida  7:53.87

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