SECOND VARSITY EIGHT WINS SILVER, VARSITY FOUR TAKES BRONZE ON FINAL DAY OF WIRAs

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT WINS SILVER, VARSITY FOUR TAKES BRONZE ON FINAL DAY OF WIRAs

Results from both days

GOLD RIVER, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's rowing squad claimed a silver and bronze medal in the second varsity eight and varsity four, respectively, on the final day of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at Lake Natoma.

The WIRA's, which used to serve as the Hornets' conference championship, consisted of 34 schools this year. Sacramento State is in its fourth year of membership in the American Athletic Conference, and prior to 2014, the WIRA's served as the Hornets' conference championship event.

Of Sacramento State's entries into four different race categories at the event, the Hornets were able to qualify for the grand finals in three of them. Today, the varsity eight finished fourth in its grand final, the second varsity eight was second in its final and the varsity four placed third in its final. Yesterday evening, the Hornets' fourth entry, the novice four, won its petite final.

The silver medal marks the 13th time in the last 17 years the second varsity eight has medaled at the event, including a silver three times in the last four years (2015, 2016, 2018). The boat was able to better its fourth place finish from a year ago.

Sacramento State's varsity four medaled for the fifth straight year, taking home the bronze today after winning gold at the event each of the previous four seasons.

Both Cassidy Bouchard and Ashley Velasquez were named second team all-WIRA.

In today's varsity eight grand final, Stanford Lightweights took home gold with a time of 6:40.296, followed by San Diego State (6:45.496), Loyola Marymount (6:48.675) and the Hornets (6:50.257) to round out the top four in the seven-boat field. The Hornets' top boat finished fourth in its heat yesterday to qualify for the grand final.

In the second varsity eight grand final, Stanford Lightweights was victorious with a time of 6:51.692, followed by Sacramento State (6:59.534), San Diego State (7:02.502) and Loyola Marymount (7:11.516) to round out the top four in the six-boat field. The Hornets also placed second in their heat yesterday to advance to today's final.

The varsity four, which placed third in its heat yesterday, won bronze after posting a time of 7:51.657. San Diego State was first with a time of 7:44.361 and Loyola Marymount second with a 7:46.951. Trailing the Hornets by nearly 10 seconds in fourth place was Stanford Lightweights (8:01.135), followed by Saint Mary's and Santa Clara in the fifth and sixth spots.

For complete results from both days of the WIRA Championships, click here or on the link above the story.

Sacramento State has just one more regular season regatta on the schedule, and that will come on Saturday at UC Davis at the Port of Sacramento. The team will then compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, May 12, in New Jersey.



SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS

VARSITY EIGHT

cox - Stuti Desai, stroke - Masa Kupresanin, 7 - Estel Boix Noguer, 6 - Madison Elsner, 5 - Mikaela Smyth, 4 - Elena Galvez, 3 -Kristin Weinman, 2 - Lexi Haynes, b - Bailey Greenslit

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Cassidy Bouchard, stroke - Helena Young, 7 - Abigail Morgan, 6 - Kaylee Goff, 5 - Kelsey Rogers, 4 - Elizabeth Ditoiu, 3 - Elle Biczo, 2 - Susana Contreras, b - Vjollca Rexhepi

VARSITY FOUR
cox - Brianna Reveles, stroke - Kalei Asam, 3 - Dorian Cox, 2 - Amber Anderson-Wells, b - Ashley Velasquez