SECOND VARSITY EIGHT WINS SILVER; HORNETS FINISH FIFTH OVERALL AT AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT WINS SILVER; HORNETS FINISH FIFTH OVERALL AT AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

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PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — Sacramento State's second varsity eight took home a silver medal, helping the Hornets to a fifth place finish (out of seven teams) in the program's fourth-ever appearance at the American Athletic Conference Rowing Championship on Saturday morning at Cooper River Park.

The Hornets joined the American Athletic Conference for rowing in 2015. A total of six race categories made up this year's American Championship. The Hornets raced in five of those categories (all grand final events), placing second in the second varsity eight, fifth in both the varsity four and second varsity four, sixth in the varsity eight and seventh in the third varsity four.

The regatta consisted of seven teams, and crews dealt with light headwinds and raced against current.

There were no time trials, just six grand finals in rapid succession beginning this morning at 5 a.m. PDT. The league determines the team champion based on finishes in all six finals with a heavy emphasis (based on points up for grabs) placed on the varsity eight race category.

With 209 points, Central Florida was crowned the American champions for the fourth straight year and will get the league's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championship. Trailing Central Florida in the league standings were Tulsa (160), Temple (148), SMU (144), Sacramento State (116), San Diego State (95) and UConn (67).

Sacramento State had two student-athletes on the all-American Athletic Conference team, including senior Elena Galvez being named to the first team for the second straight year. Sophomore Estel Boix Noguer was named to the second team. Both Galvez and Boix Noguer have competed with the Hornets' varsity eight in every race this season.

The second varsity eight's silver medal matched the boat's best performance at the American Championship (the 2016 second varsity eight also won silver). In today's race, Central Florida posted a winning time of 7:18.20, followed by Sacramento State (7:21.80) and Temple (7:29.12) to round out the top three in the seven-boat field. The Hornets had over a seven-second cushion on third-place finishing Temple, and finished nearly 20 seconds faster than seventh-place UConn.

In the varsity eight, Central Florida finished first with a time of 6:59.60, followed by Tulsa (7:02.33), SMU (7:05.64), Temple (7:08.66), San Diego State (7:08.67), Sacramento State (7:15.79) and UConn (7:28.65). Central Florida finished no worse than second place in all six races, including first in the varsity eight and second varsity eight, and second in the varsity four, second varsity four, third varsity four and third varsity eight.

The varsity four saw SMU place first with a time of 8:20.10, followed by Central Florida (8:26.74) and Temple (8:28.27) to round out the top three in the seven-boat field. Sacramento State's first place time was 8:35.97.

In the second varsity four, Tulsa won with a time of 8:31.70 in a race where less than 10 seconds separated the top five spots. Sacramento State was fifth with a time of 8:40.78. The third varsity four saw San Diego State win with a time of 8:43.32. The Hornets' time of 9:14.43 was seventh.

Today marked the end of the season for Sacramento State as the team completed its spring racing season which began on March 10. The Hornets will lose just two seniors from the varsity eight. In fact, Sacramento State's top boat consisted of two freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup today.

SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUPS

VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Cassidy Bouchard, stroke - Masa Kupresanin, 7 - Estel Boix Noguer, 6 - Madison Elsner, 5 - Mikaela Smyth, 4 - Elena Galvez, 3 - Elizabeth Ditoiu, 2 - Abigail Morgan, b - Bailey Greenslit

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
cox - Stuti Desai, stroke - Helena Young, 7 - Lexi Haynes, 6 - Kristin Weinman 5 - Kelsey Rogers, 4 - Kaylee Goff, 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

SECOND VARSITY FOUR
cox - Anneliese Solberg, stroke - Leemari Perez, 3 - Destiny Youn, 2 - Shelby Kolbeck, b - Alexis Aiello

THIRD VARSITY FOUR
cox - Angela Fletcher, stroke - Nadia Noguera, 3 - Alana Holt, 2 - Sarai Bustos, b - Gabrielle Niko
 
Team Scores
1. UCF - 209
2. Tulsa - 160
3. Temple - 148
4. SMU - 144
5. Sacramento State - 116
6. San Diego State - 95
7. UConn - 67
 
Varsity Eight
1. UCF, 6:59.60; 2. Tulsa, 7:02.33; 3. SMU, 7:05.64; 4. Temple, 7:08.66; 5. San Diego State, 7:08.67; 6. Sacramento State, 7:15.79; 7. UConn, 7:28.65.
 
Second Varsity Eight
1. UCF, 7:18.20; 2. Sacramento State, 7:21.80; 3. Temple, 7:29.12; 4. Tulsa, 7:35.46; 5. SMU, 7:36.79; 6. San Diego State, 7:39.45; 7. UConn, 7:41.43.
 
Varsity Four
1. SMU, 8:20.1; 2. UCF, 8:26.74; 3. Temple, 8:28.27; 4. Tulsa, 8:31.42; 5. Sacramento State, 8:35.97; 6. UConn, 8:36.30; 7. San Diego State, 8:57.95.
 
Third Varsity Eight
1. UConn, 7:46.00, 2. UCF, 8:07.30; 3. Tempe, 8:09.00.
 
Second Varsity Four
1. Tulsa, 8;31.70, 2. UCF, 8:35.33; 3. Temple, 8:38.07; 4. San Diego State, 8:38.66; 5. Sacramento State, 8:40.78; 6. SMU, 8:44.40; 7. UConn, 8:59.10
 
Third Varsity Four
1. San Diego State, 8:43.32; 2. UCF, 8:48.11; 3. Tulsa, 8:57.56; 4. UConn, 9:01.97; 5. Temple, 9:09.64; 6. SMU, 9:13.67; 7. Sacramento State, 9:14.43.