SAN DIEGO – The Sacramento State women's varsity eight placed sixth in the San Diego Crew Classic's Cal Cup grand final Sunday morning at Crown Point Shores Park in Mission Bay.
The Hornets had medaled at the event each of the last two years prior to today's showing. Sacramento State placed first in its heat yesterday to advance to the grand final, and was also slotted into the first lane of this morning's race.
Alabama's 2,000-meter time of 6:56.90 was the fastest among the Cap Cup grand final's field, followed by Tulsa (6:58.12), Kansas State (6:59.41), Stanford Lightweights (7:00.59), Georgetown (7:05.90) and Sacramento State (7:05.91).
The Hornets' second varsity eight was slotted into the Collegiate JV Petite Final after finishing third in its heat yesterday. Sacramento State finished in sixth place with a time of 7:08.67, trailing Oregon State A (6:54.60), Iowa (6:58.13), Oregon State B (6:58.47), Alabama (6:58.86) and Oklahoma (7:06.06). The Hornets were able to qualify for the petite final despite beginning the regatta yesterday among a powerhouse field of boats that included crews from USC, Wisconsin, Stanford, Washington State, Washington and UCLA.
Sacramento State is idle next week, and returns to the water to host the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 16-17. Sacramento State will be competing amongst a star-studded field of crews that includes Cal, Stanford, Brown, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Central Florida and Oregon State. Four of those crews are currently ranked in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, including third-ranked Cal, fourth-ranked Stanford, fifth-ranked Brown and 15th-ranked Wisconsin. Tennessee, Oregon State and Notre Dame are each receiving votes in the pole as well.
SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS
c - Jessa Carlson, s - Emily Airoldi, 7 - Sarah Pivonka, 6 - Madeleine Folco, 5 - Julia Lathrop, 4 - Caitlin Brennan, 3 - Joanne Stacy, 2 - Antonia Dendrinos, b - Sadeeka Dosu
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
c - Shelley Zakskorn, s - Pam Kline, 7 - Alexus Higa, 6 - Elizabeth Danielson, 5 - Melissa Latimer, 4 - Ana Fletcher, 3 - Stephanie Thomas, 2 - Adrian Sperry, b - Rebecca Woolston
SACRAMENTO STATE'S RESULTS
Women's Collegiate JV Petite Final
1. Oregon State A 6:54.60
2. Iowa 6:58.13
3. Oregon State B 6:58.47
4. Alabama 6:58.86
5. Oklahoma 7:06.06
6. Sacramento State 7:08.67
Women's Collegiate Varsity Grand Final (for the SeaWorld Cal Cup)
1. Alabama 6:56.90
2. Tulsa 6:58.12
3. Kansas State 6:59.41
4. Stanford Lightweights 7:00.59
5. Georgetown 7:05.90
6. Sacramento State 7:05.91