Rowing finishes first in San Diego Crew Classic

Maikalina Madali

Sacramento State’s women’s rowing team finished the 40th annual, two-day San Diego Crew Classic on a high note Sunday by taking first place in the collegiate varsity eight petite final.

Gliding across the finish line with a 6:58.50 time, the Hornet’s defeated Old Dominion University by .93 seconds in the 2,000-meter race.

Trailing behind them were St. Joseph’s University (7:04.92), Southern Methodist University (7:07.41), Kansas State University (7:09.43), San Diego State University (7:15.47) and Villanova Rowing Association (7:23.28).

Last year, the varsity eight was the only boat to represent Sac State in the petite finals, but this year two more boats qualified – novice eight and second varsity eight.

The novice eight team finished in sixth place (7:16.59) against University of Texas (6:54.90 and 6:58.69), Washington State University (6:57.09), USC (7:05.62) and Orange Coast College (7:09.45).

Second varsity eight team finished in fifth place (7:02.62) against Washington State (6:44.80), University of Iowa (6:51.75), Duke University (6:53.58), University of San Diego (6:58.58) and Texas (7:04.55).

Approximately 125 university, club and high school teams from around the world participate in the competition. The Hornets faced 24 of them from around the nation.

On Saturday, the varsity eight boat finished fourth in its heat (6:50.30) but narrowly missed a chance to advance to the grand final by .66 seconds to St. Mary’s College.

The first day of the tournament ended with three out of the four boats advancing to petite final rounds.

The second varsity eight boat finished in third place with a time of 7:08.44 and the novice eight A boat received sixth place with 7:41.20. However, the novice eight B boat placed fourth at 7:29.83 and did not qualify for a final.

The next regatta is the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 27.