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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State's second varsity eight was named Conference USA's Boat of the Week today after its performance last weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma.

The boat won the gold medal at the WIRA Championships after racing to a 2,000-meter winning time of 6:53.10 under ideal conditions. That time was not only the fastest of the season for the second varsity eight, but one of the fastest marks for a Hornet JV8 in school history.

In Sunday's grand final, the boat took the lead at the 500-meter mark of its race, and stretched that advantage over the final 1,500 meters. The Hornets finished first in their heat on Saturday to qualify for Sunday's grand final. The 6:53.10 in the final was 2.5 seconds faster than the boat had posted in any other race this spring.

The boat's lineup featured Emily Mauer at coxswain, Kim Gross at stroke, Danielle Stout in the seven seat, Courtney Owen at six, Nika Szyrynski at five, Desiree Drab Munoz at four, Katie Koehler at three, Jill Modean at two, and Tawnya Curfman at bow.

Sacramento State, which also won the WIRA team title on Sunday, returns to the water this Saturday when the squad travels to the Port of Sacramento to take on UC Davis. First race is 8 a.m.

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