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SIX TOP-20 TEAMS IN TOWN FOR THIS WEEKEND’S LAKE NATOMA ROWING INVITATIONAL

Lake Natoma Invite Schedule (pdf)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the fifth 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 features six nationally ranked teams, including the top two teams in the nation. Among those schools coming to the Aquatic Center will be top-ranked USC, second-ranked Cal, ninth-ranked Stanford, 12th-ranked Notre Dame, 15th-ranked Wisconsin and 17th-ranked Washington State. Kansas, who is receiving votes in the poll, will also compete in the regatta with Sacramento State and Tulsa. The Hornets are co-hosting the event with Cal.

The Aquatic Center already serves as host to the Pacific-12 Conference Championships every year while also hosting the NCAA Championships eight times since 1997. Not until the advent of the Lake Natoma Invitational, however, had the Aquatic Center hosted a regular-season regatta of this magnitude.

Saturday's racing features a morning (8 a.m. until 9:40 a.m.) and afternoon (3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) session. Sunday's schedule will last from 8:00-9:40 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 a.m. against Cal and Washington State. The Hornets return for their second heat at 5 p.m. against USC and Wisconsin. Sacramento State's second varsity eight will compete at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the novice eight will race an A and a B boat at 3:30 and 3:40 p.m., respectively, and the varsity four will compete at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Cal has won three of the last four Lake Natoma Invitational titles (2009, 2010, 2012), while Stanford won in 2011. Trailing Cal in the final points standings last season were Wisconsin, Stanford, Brown, Washington State, Texas, Indiana, Tulsa and Sacramento State, respectively.

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