PHILADELPHIA - The Sacramento State women's varsity eight placed first in its heat during the first day of the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Friday morning on the Schuylkill River. With the first-place finish, the Hornets advanced to Saturday morning's semifinals.
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 on the Schuylkill River.
Sacramento State competed in the sixth heat of the Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight competition, which saw the Hornets finish with a 2,000-meter winning time of 6:44.16, followed by George Mason (6:52.03), Lehigh (7:00.94), La Salle (7:04.53) and Albany (7:58.29).
With the first-place showing, Sacramento State's top boat advanced to the semifinals where it will compete tomorrow morning at 7:07 a.m. PDT. The top two boats from the semifinal will advance to Saturday's grand final (for the Evelyn Bergman Trophy) at 1:23 p.m. PDT. Should the Hornets finish third or fourth in their semifinal, they would race in the petite final at 1:28 p.m. PDT.
The Hornets are competing in the Dad Vail Regatta for the eighth time in 11 years. Sacramento State is looking to win its second Evelyn Bergman trophy in school history, and second in the four years. The team won the trophy in 2010.
SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUP
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SACRAMENTO STATE'S RESULTS
WOMEN'S VARSITY HEAVYWEIGHT EIGHT (Heat 6)
1. Sacramento State -- 6:44.16
2. George Mason -- 6:52.03
3. Lehigh -- 7:00.94
4. La Salle -- 7:04.53
5. Albany -- 7:58.29