ROWING EDGED AT THE FINISH, LOSES TO UC DAVIS BY ONE TENTH OF A SECOND
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UC Davis (6:38.06) climbed back from a three-quarter boat’s length deficit over the final 400 meters to edge Sacramento State (6:38.21) by less than two tenths of a second in women’s rowing action Saturday morning at the Port of Sacramento.
In fact, the varsity eight race was so close, it was difficult to determine the actual winner, but the official winning result went to the Aggies. Despite the loss, Sacramento State won three of the five competitions between the two schools, with victories in the second varsity eight, novice eight and second novice eight races. The Hornets fell in the varsity four.
The victory allowed UC Davis to claim its fourth Jean Runyon Cup. Since the Hornets and Aggies’ varsity eight crews began battling for the Cup in 1997, Sacramento State still owns a 10-4 mark against UC Davis.
The race also marked the final competition in the Causeway Cup, the annual all-sports challenge between the two schools. UC Davis, which had clinched the Cup with a victory in softball on March 26, wins this year’s edition by a 55.84 to 44.16 score. Sacramento State has won three Cup titles (2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09) and UC Davis has also won three (2004-05, 2007-08, 2009-10) since the schools began the series in 2004-05.
With a strong tailwind, receding tide and rough water on the race course all day long, Sacramento State’s varsity eight had led the entire way until the very end. The Hornets’ time of 6:38.06 was their fastest of the season, but not fast enough against an Aggie crew that made a strong push over the final 400 meters. The loss was the first of the season for Sacramento State’s top boat in dual-meet action as the team dropped to 7-1.
Sacramento State’s second varsity eight improved to 4-0 in dual meets as the boat’s time of 6:58.84 was 10 seconds faster than UC Davis’ mark of 7:08.84.
The Hornets’ novice eight, which beat USC at the San Diego Crew Classic two weeks ago, continued its strong season with a five-second victory over the Aggies. The boat full of first-year rowers raced to a winning time of 7:25.37, and is now 4-0 in dual meets this year.
Sacramento State’s second novice eight posted a winning time of 7:16.64, which was slightly more than 10 seconds faster than UC Davis’ time of 7:26.65. In the varsity four competition, UC Davis (7:45.35) was a little more than three seconds faster than the Hornets (7:48.8).
Sacramento State returns to the water next weekend (April 17-18), when the team hosts the Lake Natoma Invitational. The regatta will feature a powerhouse lineup of rowing programs, comprised of five teams ranked in the CRCA/US Rowing top 25 poll (No. 2 Cal, No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Washington State and No. 19 Tennessee) and three teams receiving votes in the poll (Minnesota, Texas and Louisville).
SACRAMENTO STATE’S LINEUPS
cox – Jessa Carlson, stroke - Holly Hopkins, 7 - Heather Hopkins, 6 - Emily Airoldi, 5 - Sarah Pivonka, 4 – Caitlin Brennan, 3 - Kellie Cook, 2 – Charlotte Dolan, bow - Tori Jackson
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox – Teresa Seich, stroke - Pam Kline, 7 – Madeleine Folco, 6 – Sarah Slagle, 5 – Joanne Stacy, 4 - Elizabeth Danielson, 3 - Tess Heidig, 2 - Ana Fletcher, bow - Rebecca Woolston
cox – Kristin Pries, stroke – Melissa Latimer, 7 – Jennifer Decicio, 6 – Catherine Smith, 5 – Adrian Sperry, 4 – Jessica Khalil, 3 – Amy Tice, 2 – Noelle Giddens, bow – Rachel Lethco
SECOND NOVICE EIGHT
cox - Socheata Guimond, stroke - Shelley Zakskorn, 7 - Ashley Sams, 6 - Noelle Giddens, 5 - Rachel Lethco, 4 - Vanessa Ambriz, 3 - Haley Brown, 2 - Megan Gilmore, bow - Marissa Covarrubias
cox - Erin DeGoede, stroke - Stephanie Thomas, 3 - Sadeeka Dosu, 2 - Jessica Beahm, bow - Abigail Macaraig
1. Sacramento State, 7:25.37
2. UC Davis, 7:30.48.
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
1. Sacramento State, 6:58.84
2. UC Davis, 7:08.84
VARSITY EIGHT (Jean Runyon Cup)
1. UC Davis, 6:38.06
2. Sacramento State, 6:38.21
1. UC Davis A, 7:45.35
2. Sacramento State, 7:48.8
3. UC Davis B, 8:14.6.
SECOND NOVICE EIGHT
1. Sacramento State, 7:16.64
2. UC Davis, 7:26.65