Women’s rowing leaves Broncos in wake, men aren’t as fortunate

Hiillary Gatlin

Sacramento State?s women?s rowing team finished Saturday?s races with a win. The varsity eight cruised to a 40-second victory over University of California, Santa Clara, finishing the 2,000- meter course at 7 minutes, 6.4 seconds while the Bronco?s came in at 7:46.5. Sac State?s second varsity eight also finished far ahead of Santa Clara at 7:19.3.

The second varsity eight was excited to finish strong and so close to the Hornet “A” boat.

“We had a good start and pulled ahead early,” said Angela Tombolini, the second varsity eight fourth-seat member. “We were racing our own boat after we pulled so far ahead of Santa Clara.”

Women?s rowing head coach Bill Zack was pleased with the second boat?s performance and believes the second eight is much more competitive.

“Both boats have shown improvements and are maintaining their consistency throughout the entire race,” Zack said.

In the varsity four, Sac State cruised past Santa Clara?s “A” and “B” boats finishing 8:43.2 over the Bronco?s 8:53 and 9:12.6 finishes. Santa Clara did manage to inch by the Hornets in the novice eight. Santa Clara crossed the finish line at 7:56.3 while Sac State trailed close at 7:59.

Despite the loss in the novice race, the Hornet women escaped the Aquatic center with a win, improving their record to 3-0.

The Hornet?s men?s team was not as successful as the women. Santa Clara?s men?s varsity eight took finished at 6:17 over Sacramento?s 6:26 finish. In the varsity four, Sac State defeated Santa Clara with a time of 7:16 to 7:20. Men?s coach Sam Sweitzer was pleased with the club?s performance but said the team has some work to do in the weeks ahead.

“I wasn?t surprised with the results. We matched last year?s performance. Both teams have improved but I think Santa Clara has improved more,” Sweitzer said.

The men?s rowing team was missing some key team members this past weekend, but they should be back in the boat in time for the next competition. In the meantime, the club has some new goals for the season ahead.

“I would like to see us get ten seconds faster,” Sweitzer said. The women?s team will next host the Sacramento State Invitational on March 23 and 24 at the Aquatic Center. Stanford University, Loyola Marymount, University of Indiana, and the University of California, Davis will take part in the races. The men will also take on Loyola Marymount March 23 at the Aquatic Center.

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