ROWING’S VARSITY FOUR CLAIMS GOLD ON FINAL DAY OF THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS

ROWING’S VARSITY FOUR CLAIMS GOLD ON FINAL DAY OF THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Complete results from the WIRA Championships

GOLD RIVER, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's rowing squad claimed a gold and bronze medal in the varsity four grand final at today's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at Lake Natoma.

The WIRA's, which used to serve as the Hornets' conference championship, consisted of 31 schools this year. Sacramento State is in its third year of membership in the American Athletic Conference, and prior to 2014, the WIRA's served as the Hornets' conference championship event.

Of Sacramento State's entries into four different race categories at the event, the Hornets were able to qualify for the grand finals in three of them.  The varsity eight and second varsity eight also raced in their respective grand finals this morning after qualifying for the main event in yesterday's heat racing.

Times were fast today as crews raced with a current of 15,000 CFS and very light winds. The two Hornet varsity four boats were the highlight of the day as the team's varsity eight and second varsity eight both finished fourth in their respective grand finals. It marks the first time in seven years that Sacramento State's second varsity eight did not medal at the WIRA Championships.

In its 2,000-meter grand final, the Hornets' varsity four A boat won its race with a time of 7:21.70, followed by San Diego State (7:23.84), Sacramento State B (7:41.37), Saint Mary's A (7:44.32), Saint Mary's B (8:02.42) and Santa Clara (8:35.42). Sacramento State's varsity four has now won gold at the WIRA Championships four consecutive years.

Senior Paige Poulin, who coxed the varsity four, was named second team all-WIRA.

The team's varsity eight, which was not using its normal lineup for the second straight day because of injuries, placed fourth in the grand final with a time of 6:32.77. The Hornets trailed Stanford Lightweights (6:18.40), San Diego State (6:29.33) and Loyola Marymount (6:31.13) in the seven-boat field.

The Hornets' second varsity eight also placed fourth with a time of 6:45.02, trailing San Diego State (6:33.83), Loyola Marymount (6:39.76) and Saint Mary's (6:42.58) in the five-boat field.

The Hornets' novice eight concluded its run at the WIRA Championships yesterday with a first-place finish in its petite final.

Sacramento State finished third in WIRA team points (301), trailing Humboldt State (340) and San Diego State (318).

Sacramento State will not race again until Saturday, May 13, when the Hornets compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship at Nathan Henderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

For complete results from every race on Saturday and Sunday, please click here or the link above the story.

SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS

VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Melissa Pollard, s - Masa Kupresanin, 7 - Claire Perez, 6 - Jill Modean, 5 - Elena Galvez 4 - Anne Smolenski, 3 - Jasmine Taylor, 2 - Bailey Greenslit, b - Carli Preston

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Stuti Desai, s - Kristin Weinman, 7 - Emily Zimmerman, 6 - Natasha Bazzo, 5 - Sarah Buchter, 4 - Elizabeth Ditoiu, 3 - Samantha Walker, 2 - Migle Griskelyte, b - Lexi Haynes

VARSITY FOUR A
cox - Paige Poulin, s - Kaylee Goff, 3 - Melissa Kepler, 2 - Chelscie Pacheco b - Vjollca Rexhepi

VARSITY FOUR B
cox - Cassidy Bouchard, s - Susana Contreras, 3 - Cassandra Macias, 2 - Amber Anderson-Wells, b - Lia Patrinellis