FIRST DAY OF CREW CLASSIC COMPLETE, ROWING PLACES TWO BOATS IN SUNDAY’S GRAND FINAL

FIRST DAY OF CREW CLASSIC COMPLETE, ROWING PLACES TWO BOATS IN SUNDAY’S GRAND FINAL

SAN DIEGO – The Sacramento State women's varsity eight won its heat on Saturday, highlighting the Hornets' first day at the 45th annual San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay. The Hornets' varsity eight will join the novice eight in tomorrow's grand finals while both the second varsity eight and varsity four will be in their respective petite finals.

The two-day event, which is held at Crown Point Shores, began with the Hornets competing four boats in today's heat racing. Each of those four boats will race again tomorrow in their respective final.

Sacramento State's varsity eight finished first in its heat with a time of 7:08.19, and will be one of six boats that compete in the Cal Cup Grand Final on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Hornets will race against San Diego State, SMU, Loyola Marymount, Kansas State and the Victoria Rowing Club. It marks the second straight year the Hornets have qualified for the event's grand final. In today's heat, the Hornets' 2000-meter time was faster than SMU (7:10.86), Kansas State (7:16.83) and British Columbia (7:32.86).

The Hornets' varsity eight will seek its first Cal Cup championship since 2000. The boat has medaled five times previously, including a bronze in 2015, 2010 and 2005, a silver in 2009, and a gold in 2000.

The Hornets' second varsity eight placed fourth in its heat with a time of 7:07.75, trailing USC (winning time of 6:48.00), Washington State and Victoria Rowing Club. Sacramento State will compete in tomorrow's petite final at 9:36 a.m. against Tennessee, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Kansas State and Victoria Rowing Club.

The novice eight was automatically slotted into tomorrow's grand final at 8:56 a.m. The Hornets' novice eight placed fourth in its heat with a time of 7:16.03, trailing Texas (6:53.88), Loyola Marymount (7:11.29) and UCLA (7:14.46) to round out the top three.

The varsity four finished fourth in its heat with a time of 8:01.38, and will compete in tomorrow's petite final at 8:16 a.m. against Tennessee, Gonzaga, Kansas State, San Diego State and SMU.

For complete results of every race at today's San Diego Crew Classic and tomorrow's schedule, click here or the link above the story. In addition, a free live video stream of tomorrow's racing can be found here.

SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS

VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Stuti Desai, stroke - Estel Boix Noguer, 7 - Masa Kupresanin, 6 - Mikaela Smyth, 5 - Kristin Weinman, 4 - Elena Galvez, 3 - Elizabeth Ditoiu, 2 - Abigail Morgan, b - Bailey Greenslit

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Cassidy Bouchard, stroke - Madison Elsner, 7 - Kelsey Rogers, 6 - Kaylee Goff, 5 - Lexi Haynes, 4 - Helena Young, 3 - Elle Biczo, 2 - Susana Contreras, b - Vjollca Rexhepi

VARSITY FOUR
cox - Brianna Reveles, stroke - Nadia Noguera, 3 - Ashley Velasquez, 2 - Amber Anderson-Wells, b - Destiny Youn

NOVICE EIGHT
cox - Anneliese Solberg, stroke - Kalei Asam, 7 - Dorian Cox, 6 - Shelby Kolbeck, 5 - Alana Holt, 4 - Leemari Perez, 3 - Gabrielle Niko, 2 - Sarai Bustos, b - Angela Fletcher