GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Sacramento State's women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four boats all competed on the first day of the Lake Natoma Rowing Invitational at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
The two-day, eight-team regatta features a powerhouse lineup that includes three teams ranked among the nation's top 10 crews (#2 Cal, #7 Stanford and #8 Brown) and one receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches top 20 poll (Notre Dame). Sacramento State, Gonzaga, Alabama and San Diego round out the field. The Hornets are co-hosting the event with Cal.
All boats were placed into groups, and compete against different teams in each round of racing. There was a morning session, and afternoon session today, and the regatta will conclude tomorrow morning for another session of rowing at 8 a.m.
In today's morning session, Sacramento State's varsity eight (6:47.2), second varsity eight (6:56.3) and varsity four (7:42.7) all finished fourth behind Cal, Notre Dame and Gonzaga. The Hornets' second varsity four raced in a four-boat heat, finishing with a fourth-place time of 8:10.5 to advance to the afternoon petite final.
Results for the morning races
Results for the second varsity four heat
In the afternoon session, Sacramento State's varsity eight finished third in its four-boat field as the Hornets' time of 6:44.8 was nearly five seconds faster than Alabama's time of 6:49.4. The Hornets finished fourth in the second varsity eight (6:57.2) and varsity four (8:17.7) categories. In its petite final, Sacramento State's second varsity four placed third with a time of 7:58.8, behind Alabama and Gonzaga.
Results from the afternoon races
Results from the second varsity four petite final
Of Sacramento State's eight races today, the Hornets competed against a nationally ranked opponent in seven of those races. Tomorrow, Sacramento State's group features the only teams in the regatta field not nationally ranked or receiving votes (Gonzaga, Alabama, San Diego). The Hornets' varsity four will race at 8:10 a.m., the second varsity eight will race at 8:30 a.m., and the varsity eight will compete at 8:50 a.m.
SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS FROM TODAY
VARSITY EIGHT (morning and afternoon)
cox - Stuti Desai, stroke - Masa Kupresanin, 7 - Estel Boix Noguer, 6 - Mikaela Smyth, 5 - Madison Elsner, 4 - Elena Galvez, 3 - Elizabeth Ditoiu, 2 - Lexi Haynes, b - Bailey Greenslit
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (morning)
cox - Cassidy Bouchard, stroke - Kristin Weinman, 7 - Kelsey Rogers, 6 - Helena Young, 5 - Abigail Morgan, 4 - Amber Anderson-Wells, 3 - Elle Biczo, 2 - Susana Contreras, b - Ashley Velasquez
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (afternoon)
cox - Cassidy Bouchard, stroke - Kristin Weinman, 7 - Kelsey Rogers, 6 - Helena Young, 5 - Abigail Morgan, 4 - Susana Contreras, 3 - Vjollca Rexhepi, 2 - Amber Anderson-Wells, b - Ashley Velasquez
VARSITY FOUR (morning)
cox - Anneliese Solberg, stroke - Kalei Asam, 3 - Vjollca Rexhepi, 2 - Kaylee Goff, b - Destiny Youn
VARSITY FOUR (afternoon)
cox - Anneliese Solberg, stroke - Kalei Asam, 3 - Alana Holt, 2 - Nadia Noguera, b - Destiny Youn
SECOND VARSITY FOUR (morning)
cox - Brianna Reveles, stroke - Nadia Noguera, 3 - Alana Holt, 2 - Shelby Kolbeck, b - Angela Fletcher
SECOND VARSITY FOUR (afternoon)
cox - Brianna Reveles, stroke - Leemari Perez, 3 - Gabrielle Niko, 2 - Shelby Kolbeck, b - Alexis Aiello