A Look at the Regattas
• The Sacramento State Aquatic Center – a program of Associated Students, Inc. – on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., is the site of the annual Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC''s) on Saturday, May 13, and the Pacific-10 Conference Championships on Sunday, May 14.
• Saturday''s regatta, the PCRC''s, is open to all schools in the West Region, which includes any rowing institution located in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Arizona. A total of 16 schools will be represented at the regatta which offers individual championships in every collegiate rowing category not offered in Sunday''s Pac-10 Championships. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will run until approximately 2:40 p.m. The Sacramento State women will compete in the novice four (8:20 a.m.), second novice eight (11:20 a.m.), open single scull (noon), open four (2 p.m.) and varsity lightweight eight (2:30 p.m.) events. The Hornets'' earliest race (novice four) is a heat while the remaining races are finals.
• Sunday''s regatta, the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, is limited to the top 21 entrants for each event in the West Region, which includes each of the seven Pac-10 rowing institutions (Cal, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA and USC; Oregon is club status). The Pac-10''s offer races in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four categories. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will run until approximately 4 p.m. There will be a break from 9:50 a.m. until 2 p.m. If years past at the Pac-10 Championships are any indication, the top four or five finishers in the varsity eight grand final are likely to be selected to compete in the NCAA Championships in West Windsor, N.J., on May 26-28. The women''s varsity eight will feature two qualifying heats (9:20 a.m., 9:30 a.m.) with the top three in each heat advancing to the grand final at 4 p.m. Places four, five and six in each of the two qualifying heats will advance to the petite final (3:40 p.m.). There will be no third-level final.
• Each of the 12 institutions in the women''s varsity eight competition on Sunday were seeded and placed into the qualifying heats accordingly. Seeds one through 10 are as follows: 1-Cal, 2-USC, 3-Washington State, 4-Washington, 5-UCLA, 6-Stanford, 7-Oregon State, 8-Sacramento State, 9-Loyola Marymount, 10-Gonzaga. Sacramento State, whose qualifying heat is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. and features defending national champion Cal, Washington, UCLA, Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary''s, needs to finish at least third to advance to the grand final. Two weeks ago, Sacramento State won the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship and is the highest seeded WIRA team at the Pac-10''s.
• The Pac-10''s will mark the end of the women''s rowing regular season. Since the advent of the NCAA Championships in 1997, holding the Pac-10''s on the final weekend allows the selection committee to compare virtually all the West Coast (Pac-10 and non Pac-10) crews under comparable race conditions. With no time standard to meet, boats competing in the NCAA Women''s Rowing Championships will be named by a selection committee two days after the Pac-10''s, on May 16.
• Race times for Sacramento State''s schedule at Sunday''s Pac-10 Championships are 8:20 a.m. (novice eight heat), 8:50 a.m. (second varsity eight) and 9:20 a.m. (varsity eight heat). Each of the petite and grand finals will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. Sacramento State will attempt to reach the varsity eight grand final for the first time since 2000.
• Similar to the last four years, the NCAA will sanction a separate championship for the Div. I, II and III levels at the NCAA Championships. A total of 16 schools will advance to this year''s NCAA Div. I Championship, with the top 12 teams (varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four) in the country, and four at-large varsity eight boats advancing to the regatta.