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GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice four boats will each compete at this weekend's 34-school Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.
For the fifth 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 56 races (24 on the women's side, 32 on the men's side) beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until approximately 5:50 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 Sacramento State, No. 4 Loyola Marymount, 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 8:30 a.m. for lane placement in the grand final on Sunday at 8:50 a.m.
Over the last 19 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), four fourth places finishes (2003, 2007, 2015, 2017), 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. Six 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 Sacramento State, No. 3 San Diego State, No. 4 Loyola Marymount, No. 5 Santa Clara and No. 6 Saint Mary's.
The Hornets' second varsity eight has medaled in its WIRA grand final 12 times in the last 16 years, including a silver medal two of the last three years (2015, 2016), a gold in 2014 and a silver in 2013. The boat placed fourth at last year's event.
The Hornets' varsity four, which won gold last year, will race in its heat at 10:40 a.m. for lane placement in Sunday's grand final at 10:20 a.m. The Hornets will be the No. 3 seed, behind No. 1 San Diego State and No. 2 Stanford Lightweights. Loyola Marymount is the No. 4 seed, followed by No. 5 Saint Mary's and No. 6 Santa Clara.
The Hornets' will also compete a novice four at 2:40 p.m. in a random draw heat against Southern Oregon, Mills College, Oregon, Washington State and Central Oklahoma. The grand final for the novice four will take place Sunday at 12:10 p.m.
A complete schedule and live race results of the WIRA Championships can be found by clicking here on the link above the story.
For the fourth 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.
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