GOLD RIVER, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's rowing squad claimed a gold medal in the novice eight, and a silver medal in the second varsity eight on the second and final day of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship at Lake Natoma.
The WIRA's used to serve as the Hornets' conference championship. However, Sacramento State is in its fifth year of membership in the American Athletic Conference, and prior to 2014, the WIRA's served as the Hornets' conference championship event. Today, crews raced under perfect conditions on flat water.
Sacramento State entered boats in five different race categories at the event, and four of those boats - varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four - all qualified for today's grand finals after yesterday's racing. In the WIRA final points standings, the Hornets finished with 294 points, which were the most of any Div. I program. Humboldt State finished first with 352 points. Hornet junior Kelsey Rogers was named second team all-WIRA.
Highlighting the day was the performance of the novice eight, which won gold at the WIRA Championship for just the second time in school history, and first time since 2005. In addition, today marked the novice eight's first medal at WIRAs since the 2012 boat won bronze. This morning, the Hornets' novice eight posted a winning time of 7:15.94 over 2,000 meters, finishing ahead of second-place UC San Diego (7:19.54) and third-place UC Irvine (7:20.09) in the six-boat field.
The second varsity eight won silver for the second straight year, and medaled at WIRAs for the 14th time in the last 18 years. That includes silver medals four times in the last five years (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). Today's time of 6:47.39 was just a smidge behind first place San Diego State's time of 6:46.17. Trailing the Hornets were Loyola Marymount (6:48.80), San Diego, Stanford Lightweights and Portland, respectively.
The varsity eight finished just outside the medals with a fourth-place time of 6:43.57. Stanford Lightweights posted a first place time of 6:32.57, followed by second place San Diego (6:37.95) and third place San Diego State (6:40.89). Loyola Marymount and Portland placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Hornets' varsity four finished fifth with a time of 7:51.57. San Diego State won with a time of 7:26.85, followed by San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Portland and Sacramento State to round out the top five places in the seven-boat field.
For complete results from both days of the WIRA Championships, click here or on the link above the story.
Sacramento State has just one more regular season race on the schedule, and that will come next Saturday at UC Davis at the Port of Sacramento. The team will then compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday, May 19, in Oklahoma City.
cox - Angela Fletcher, stroke - Masa Kupresanin, 7 - Mikaela Smyth 6 - Kristin Weinman, 5 -Madison Elsner , 4 - Helena Young, 3 - Estel Boix Noguer, 2 - Bailey Greenslit, b - Ashley Velasquez
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Sydney Miller, stroke - Kalei Asam, 7 - Kelsey Rogers, 6 - Katarina Ciric, 5 - Jordan Smith, 4 - Shelby Kolbeck, 3 - Dorian Cox, 2 - Susana Contreras, b - Elle Biczo
cox - Brianna Reveles, stroke - Kiana Brunberg, 3 - Abigail Morgan, 2 - Amber Anderson-Wells, b - Isabel Gray
cox - Zoie Kabir, stroke - Megan Hynes, 7 - Megan Woodside, 6 - Taylor Miranda, 5 - Fo'ou Tangi, 4 - Helaina Salas, 3 - Erin Chelini, 2 - Jazlynn Salgado, b - Yelena Melnik