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ROWING HOSTS THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

WIRA Schedule (pdf)
Saturday's Live Results
Sunday's Live Results

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight each received a top three seed heading into this weekend's 34-school Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

For the first time, the WIRA regatta will not serve as Sacramento State's conference championship as the program is currently in its first year in Conference USA.

Saturday's schedule consists of 43 races (20 on the women's side, 23 on the men's side) beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until approximately 4:40 p.m. Sunday's competition, which includes the grand final for every event, consists of 25 races (14 on the women's side, 11 on the men's side) beginning at 8 a.m. and running until 12:10 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 12:40 p.m.

A total of eight schools will challenge for this year's Div. I varsity eight championship, consisting of No. 1 seed Stanford Lightweights, No. 2 Saint Mary's, No. 3 Sacramento State, No. 4 Portland, No. 5 Loyola Marymount, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 7 Seattle and No. 8 Santa Clara. Two heats of four boats will compete at 10:50 and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday with the top three finishers from each race competing in the grand final on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Hornets will face Saint Mary's, San Diego State and Seattle in its heat on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Over the last 15 years in varsity eight action, the Hornets' top boat has four first-place finishes (2000-01, 2006, 2010), four second-place finishes (1999, 2002, 2004, 2009), three third-place finishes (2005, 2011-12), a pair of fourth places finishes (2003, 2007), a fifth-place (2013) and a sixth-place finish in 2008.

This year's Hornet varsity eight currently has a 6-8 dual-meet record, but four of those losses came against crews ranked in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches top 20 poll.

Sacramento State's second varsity eight earned the No. 1 seed this year, and has medaled in its grand final nine times in the last 12 years, including a silver in 2013. Sacramento State's novice eight is the No. 3 seed, and the boat will look to medal for the sixth time since 2005.

Besides the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight, the Hornets will also compete in the varsity four (No. 2 seed) and second novice eight (No. 1 seed) competitions.

Women's grand final times (that Sacramento State will or could be competing) on Sunday include the varsity four (8:10 a.m.), second novice eight (9:20 a.m.), novice eight (10:10 a.m.), second varsity eight (10:50 a.m.) and varsity eight (12:00 p.m.).

A complete schedule of the WIRA Championships can be found by clicking on the link above the story. In addition, for the first time, live race results will be offered for both days of the regatta, and those links can also be found above this story.

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