RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -The Sacramento State women''s rowing squad remained undefeated in 2005 as the Hornets wrapped up the WCC Challenge with another convincing victory Sunday morning at the CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.
Sacramento State''s varsity eight (above) improved to 14-0 in dual meets over the last two years with Sunday''s victory
The Hornets'' varsity eight had little trouble against San Diego, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6:47.5, almost 15 seconds faster than the Toreros (7:02.4). Sacramento State''s time of 6:47.5 was just one tenth of a second slower than its season-best time of 6:47.4, set against Santa Clara two weeks ago.
In the second varsity eight competition, the Hornets posted a winning time of 7:12.9, easily knocking off Loyola Marymount (7:25.4). The novice eight competition was handled with ease as well as the Hornets (7:24.1) beat Stanford''s second varsity lightweight eight boat (7:48.5) by more than 24 seconds.
Sacramento State''s varsity eight improved to 7-0 in dual meets this season while the Hornets'' second varsity eight moved to 4-0. In fact, both boats have not lost a dual meet since the 2003 season as the varsity eight is 14-0 over the last two years and the second varsity eight is 8-0. The Hornets'' novice eight improved to 9-0 this year as the team''s top three boats are now a combined 20-0 this season.
Not only is the team undefeated this year, but each win has come in convincing fashion. In fact, Sacramento State has won each race this season in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight categories by at least 8.6 seconds.
The two-day WCC Challenge consisted of boats from Sacramento State, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Stanford, Saint Mary''s, San Diego and Gonzaga.
The Hornets will take a week off before competing at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 2-3.
SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS FROM SUNDAY
Varsity Eight Lineup: Cecilia Vina at coxswain, Laura Harder at stroke, Brittney Claycamp at seven, Sara Crain at six, Janine LaCrosse at five, Steffanie Jakovac at four, Aimee Chenard at three, Courtney Buehler at two and Ashley Roundtree at bow.
Second Varsity Eight Lineup: Megan Williams at coxswain, Ashley Borelli at stroke, Ashley Wayman at seven, Jamie Weatherfield at six, Catherine Woerner at five, Kristin Carlson at four, Constance Deslauriers at three, Jenna Duale at two and Teresa Bitcon at bow.
Novice Eight Lineup: Ashley Platner at coxswain, Ashley Loucks at stroke, Krista Hill at seven, Lenore Meehan at six, Meghyn Cox at five, Sheena Verduzco at four, Amy Justice at three, Mallory Pirie at two and Justine Fernandez at bow.
SUNDAYâ€™S SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN''S RESULTS
1. Sacramento State 6:47.5
2. San Diego 7:02.4
Second Varsity Eight
1. Sacramento State 7:12.9
2. Loyola Marymount 7:25.4
1. Sacramento State 7:24.1
2. Stanford JVLightweight 8 7:48.5