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SEVERE WEATHER FORCES ROWING TO MISS THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

SEVERE WEATHER FORCES ROWING TO MISS THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

SACRAMENTO — Severe weather has forced the American Athletic Conference to push its Rowing Championship from Sunday to Friday morning. In the process, the Hornets, who were scheduled to fly into Oklahoma City on Friday, will no longer be able to participate.

Originally, the eight-team conference championship regatta was scheduled to take place on Sunday morning at the USRowing National High Performance Center on the Oklahoma River. However, due to severe weather expected in the area over the weekend, the conference elected to move the championship to early Friday morning.

Sacramento State, which is wrapping up Finals Week today, was not scheduled to fly into Oklahoma until Friday. The conference did not announce its decision to move the regatta until Thursday. Despite frantic attempts by the Hornet Athletics Department to find a flight or flights to get the team to Oklahoma City in time for tomorrow's first race at 7 a.m. central time, there was nothing available on such short notice.

The Hornets were supposed to compete in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four race categories at the event. Instead, Sacramento State will not be able to compete at the championship event for the first time since joining the league for rowing in 2015.

The Hornets' season now comes to a brutal end as the winner of the American Championship receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Sacramento State, which does not have anymore races on its schedule, will not be able to compete for that NCAA berth because of the schedule change.