ROWING CONCLUDES SEASON WITH SIXTH-PLACE FINISH IN DAD VAIL GRAND FINAL
PHILADELPHIA -- The Sacramento State women’s varsity eight concluded its season with a sixth-place showing in the Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight grand final at the Dad Vail Regatta Saturday afternoon on the Schuylkill River.
Held annually since 1953 in Philadelphia, the Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States and includes over 3,500 student-athletes from up to 120 colleges and universities in North America and Canada. The regatta is held on Philadelphia’s National Race Course.
The Hornets finished second in their heat yesterday, and second in this morning’s semifinal to qualify for this afternoon’s grand final with five other entries. The top two finishers in each of the three semifinal races advanced to the grand final.
Duke won today’s final and the Evelyn Bergman Trophy with a time of 6:43.80, followed by Bucknell (6:44.04), Buffalo (6:47.82), Grand Valley (6:49.30), Miami (6:53.00) and Sacramento State (7:05.86). The Hornets posted a second-place time of 6:46.62 in this morning’s semifinal to qualify for the main event.
When all was said and done, of the 33 entries in the heavyweight eight event, Sacramento State was the sixth fastest crew. The Hornets’ varsity eight was competing in the Dad Vail Regatta for the seventh time in the last 10 years. The boat accounted for a gold medal at the event in 2010, a sixth-place showing last year, a ninth-place finish in 2009, a silver medal in 2008, a gold in 2004 and an eighth-place finish in 2003.
The Hornets only travelled their varsity eight boat to the Dad Vail Regatta as the rest of the team was competing at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on its home water.
Today marked the season finale for Sacramento State. The Hornets completed a successful 2012 campaign in which the team medaled in each of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship’s four most prestigious races (varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight) for the second consecutive year. The WIRA’s serve as Sacramento State’s conference championship regatta.
Cox – Shelley Zakskorn, stroke – Sarah Pivonka, 7 – Erika Busch, 6 – Nneka Anyanwu, 5 – Michelle Evers, 4 – Jessica Smith, 3 – Antonia Dendrinos, 2 – Kloey Glass, bow – Karoline Sly
SACRAMENTO STATE’S RESULTS
Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight Semifinal #3
1. Grand Valley 6:45.08
2. Sacramento State 6:46.62
3. Temple 6:49.88
4. Saint Joseph’s 6:58.84
5. Middlebury 7:02.93
6. San Diego State 7:10.05
Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight Grand Final
1. Duke 6:43.80
2. Bucknell 6:44.04
3. Buffalo 6:47.82
4. Grand Valley 6:49.30
5. Miami 6:53.00
6. Sacramento State 7:05.86