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PHILADELPHIA -- The Sacramento State women's varsity eight concluded its season with a fifth-place showing in the Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight grand final at the Dad Vail Regatta Sunday afternoon on the Schuylkill River.

Held annually since 1953 in Philadelphia, the Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States and includes colleges and Universities from the United States and Canada. Over 100 schools and more than 3,000 student-athletes competed in this week's event.

The Hornets finished first in their heat yesterday and second in this morning's semifinal to qualify for the grand final with five other entries. The top two finishers in each of the three semifinal races advanced to the grand final. Sacramento State was attempting to repeat as Dad Vail heavyweight eight champions, but fell short.

Purdue won today's grand final with a time of 6:38.49, followed by Old Dominion (6:38.82), Grand Valley (6:43.43), Saint Joseph's (6:45.19), Sacramento State (6:49.87) and Buffalo (6:52.54). The Hornets posted a second-place time of 6:49.82 in this morning's semifinal to qualify for the main event.

When all was said and done, of the 35 entries in the heavyweight eight event, Sacramento State was the fifth fastest crew. The Hornets' varsity eight was competing in the Dad Vail Regatta for the sixth time in the last nine years. The boat accounted for a gold medal at the event last year, a ninth-place showing in 2009, a silver medal in 2008, a gold in 2004 and an eighth-place finish in 2003.

The Hornets only travelled their varsity eight boat to the Dad Vail Regatta as the rest of the team was competing at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on its home water.

Today marked the season finale for Sacramento State. The Hornets completed a successful 2011 campaign in which the team medaled in each of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship's four most prestigious races (varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight) for the first time in school history. The WIRA's serve as Sacramento State's conference championship regatta.

cox - Jessa Carlson, s - Emily Airoldi, 7 - Sarah Pivonka, 6 - Madeleine Folco, 5 - Julia Lathrop, 4 - Caitlin Brennan, 3 - Sadeeka Dosu 2 - Antonia Dendrinos, b - Rebecca Woolston


Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight Semifinal #3

1. Purdue  6:49.01
2. Sacramento State  6:49.82
3. Drexel  6:50.09
4. Dayton  7:00.30
5. Bucknell  7:02.37
6. Marist  7:11.28

Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight Grand Final

1. Purdue  6:38.49
2. Old Dominion  6:38.82
3. Grand Valley  6:43.43
4. Saint Joseph's  6:45.19
5. Sacramento State  6:49.87
6. Buffalo  6:52.54

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