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FIRST DAY OF WIRA’S COMPLETE, ROWING WILL HAVE FIVE BOATS IN TOMORROW’S GRAND FINALS

Saturday's Results/Sunday's Schedule - pdf

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Sacramento State's novice eight placed first in its heat, and advanced to tomorrow morning's grand final to highlight the Hornets' first day of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships Saturday at a windy Lake Natoma.

The WIRA's serve as the Hornets' conference championship regatta, and the novice eight will join four other Sacramento State boats in their respective grand finals tomorrow. The Hornets' varsity four (8:10 a.m.), novice lightweight four (8:20 a.m.), novice eight (10:10 a.m.), second varsity eight (10:50 a.m.) and varsity eight (noon) will each race in grand final events tomorrow morning. The varsity eight, which is the biggest race in magnitude, is the final race of the day. Every Sacramento State boat except for the novice eight did not have to compete in any heat racing to qualify for its grand final.

With good finishes in tomorrow's grand final events, Sacramento State could set itself up for winning its fourth WIRA team title in the last six years. Since the program gained intercollegiate status in 1995, the Hornets have six WIRA team titles in the trophy case (1995, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009), and will look to add their seventh tomorrow. In addition, the Hornets' varsity eight will look to defend its conference championship from a year ago.

Sacramento State was supposed to race three boats today, but the pair was scratched. The Hornets' novice eight won their heat by open water with a time of 7:28.1, and posted the second-fastest time among the 18 boats that competed in three heats. The novice eight will assume the second lane in their grand final tomorrow and will face Gonzaga, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Puget Sound and Orange Coast College.

The only other boat Sacramento State competed today was the novice four, and it placed fourth in its heat with a time of 8:49.2, and then placed fourth in the petite final later in the day with a time of 9:22.5.

Sunday's competition, which includes the grand finals for nearly every event, consists of 25 races (13 on the women's side, 12 on the men's side) beginning at 8 a.m. and running until the varsity eight race at noon. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Results from every race of the day can be found by clicking on the link above the story.

SACRAMENTO STATE'S LINEUPS

NOVICE EIGHT

c - Alyssa Reyna, s - Ashley Ferko, 7 - Karoline Sly, 6 - Morgan Stewart, 5 - Jessica Smith, 4 - Erika Busch, 3 - Jessica Roi, 2 - Alyssa Padberg, b - Malissa Broughton

NOVICE FOUR
c - Brittney Cracchiolo, s - Allie Ruettgers, 3 - Alexis Rockefeller, 2 - Angela Moss-Burns, b - Jessica Williams

SACRAMENTO STATE'S RESULTS

NOVICE FOUR (Heat 2)

1. Seattle  8:28.4
2. Humboldt State  8:34.3
3. San Diego State  8:37.2
4. Sacramento State  8:49.2
5. Saint Mary's  8:54.7

NOVICE EIGHT (Heat 2)

1. Sacramento State  7:28.1
2. Puget Sound  7:36.4
3. UC San Diego  7:59.0
4. UC Davis  8:01.3
5. Chapman  8:23.5
6. Sonoma State  8:33.9

NOVICE FOUR (Petite Final)

1. Long Beach State  9:06.9
2. Pacific  9:09.1
3. Saint Mary's  9:14.6
4. Sacramento State  9:22.5
5. UC Irvine  9:26.2

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