ROWING HOSTS THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND ON LAKE NATOMA

ROWING HOSTS THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND ON LAKE NATOMA

Race schedule & lane assignments/live race results

Live video stream of the event

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and a pair of varsity four boats will each compete at this weekend's 31-school Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

For the fourth straight year, the WIRA regatta will not serve as Sacramento State's conference championship as the program is currently in the American Athletic Conference. Prior to 2014, the WIRA's served as the Hornets' conference championship event.

Saturday's schedule consists of 53 races (26 on the women's side, 27 on the men's side) beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until approximately 5:10 p.m. Sunday's competition, which includes the grand final for every event, consists of 28 races (15 on the women's side, 13 on the men's side) beginning at 8 a.m. and running until 12:40 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place approximately 20-30 minutes after the conclusion of Sunday's final race.

A total of seven schools will challenge for this year's Div. I varsity eight championship, consisting of No. 1 seed Stanford Lightweights, No. 2 San Diego State, No. 3 Loyola Marymount, No. 4 Sacramento State, No. 5 Saint Mary's, No. 6 Santa Clara and No. 7 Seattle. Each of the seven boats will be racing in a heat on Saturday at 8:50 a.m. for lane placement in the grand final on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Over the last 18 years in varsity eight action, the Hornets' top boat has four first-place finishes (2000-01, 2006, 2010) at the WIRA Championships, five second-place finishes (1999, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2014), four third-place finishes (2005, 2011-12, 2016), three fourth places finishes (2003, 2007, 2015), a fifth-place (2013) and a sixth-place finish in 2008.

Sacramento State will also compete in the second varsity eight heat on Saturday at 9:20 a.m. Five boats will race in the heat for lane placement in Sunday's grand final at 9:30 a.m. Those boats are No. 1 seed Stanford Lightweights, No. 2 San Diego State, No. 3 Sacramento State, No. 4 Loyola Marymount, No. 5 Saint Mary's and No. 6 Santa Clara.

The Hornets' second varsity eight has medaled in its WIRA grand final 12 times in the last 15 years, including a silver medal the last two years, a gold in 2014 and a silver in 2013.

Sacramento State's novice eight is the No. 2 seed in a 14-boat field, and will race in its heat on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against Seattle, UC Davis, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Santa Clara and Chico State. Should the Hornets advance to the grand final, that race will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Hornets' novice eight has medaled in its WIRA grand final five times since 2005.

The Hornets will also enter a pair of varsity four boats into a heat on Saturday at 11:20 a.m. for lane placement in Sunday's grand final at 10:20 a.m. The Hornets' A boat, which is the top seed, will face San Diego State, Saint Mary's A, Santa Clara, Sacramento State B, and Saint Mary's B.

For the third year in a row, a live video stream of all the races will be provided by clicking here, or on the link above the story.

A complete schedule and live race results of the WIRA Championships can be found by clicking here on the link above the story.