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April 13, 2012

SEVEN TOP-25 TEAMS IN TOWN FOR THIS WEEKEND’S LAKE NATOMA ROWING INVITATIONAL

Lake Natoma Invitational Schedule - pdf

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the fourth straight year, the Hornet women's rowing squad 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 seven nationally ranked teams. Among those schools coming to the Aquatic Center will be eighth-ranked Cal, ninth-ranked Stanford, 10th-ranked Brown, 11th-ranked Wisconsin, 13th-ranked Washington State, 23rd-ranked Texas and 24th-ranked Indiana. Sacramento State and Tulsa round out the field of teams. Sacramento State is co-hosting the event with Cal.

The Aquatic Center already serves as host to the Pacific-10 Conference Championships every year while also hosting the NCAA Championships eight times since 1997. Not until four years ago, however, has the Aquatic Center hosted 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 8:10-9:50 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 or by clicking here. In addition, live results will be available by following "NatomaInvite" at twitter.com or by clicking here.

Sacramento State's varsity eight will compete in two heats on Saturday, with the first coming at 9:40 a.m. against Texas and Stanford. The Hornets will return for their second heat at 4:20 p.m. against Brown and Washington State. Sacramento State's second varsity eight will compete at 9:10 a.m. and 3:50 p.m., the novice eight will race at 10:00 a.m., and the varsity four will compete at 8:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

Cal has won two Lake Natoma Invitational titles (2009, 2010), and Stanford won last year's crown (2011). Trailing Stanford in last season's final Lake Natoma point standings were Cal, Brown, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Central Florida and Sacramento State, respectively.

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