Hornets’ varsity four takes gold at WIRA Championships

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State women’s rowing team competed in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships this past weekend at Lake Natoma.

Sac State had six teams competing on Saturday: the varsity eight, the second varsity eight, the third varsity eight, the novice eight, the varsity four and the novice four.

The novice four competed in a petite final Saturday afternoon and finished third overall.

The novice eight finished first with the time 7 minutes, 17 seconds.

The Hornets’ varsity eight finished in second with a time of 7:10, behind Stanford’s 7:05. The second varsity eight also placed second with the time 7:22.

Today, five Sac State boats competed in the grand finals.

The varsity four team came in first today, taking home the gold with the time of 7:46, beating all other teams by more than 20 seconds. San Diego State came in second with the time of 8:09, followed by the University of Portland’s 8:12, Saint Mary College’s 8:18 and Santa Clara University’s 8:43.

Sophomore Paige Poulin was proud of herself and her team at their last home regatta.

“I think it went really well, our crew has done a lot of work this season and this is our big home race, our last home race before conference in New Jersey, and especially for our four getting this win puts us in a good spot and gives us a lot of confidence for when we travel for conference,” Poulin said.

The JV eight came in second and took home silver with a time of 7:09, coming close to first place Stanford’s 7:07.

Junior Emily Maurer was upset that she and her team didn’t win silver but is still excited for the remainder of the season.

“I thought today we raced a lot better than we raced yesterday,” Maurer said. “We set a goal for ourselves to come out and get gold, and it sucks that we got silver, but we’re still really pumped and excited to go into our conference championships and hopefully pull out a win there.”

The varsity eight competed against Stanford, Seattle University, Loyola Marymount University, Saint Mary’s and Portland. Stanford came in first with 7:00, followed by Loyola Marymount’s 7:03 and Saint Mary’s 7:04. Sac State came in fourth with 7:06, then Seattle with a time of 7:14, and Portland came in last at 7:16.

Senior Kim Gross was pleased with her team’s overall performance this weekend.

“I think it went really well, we definitely made improvements from what we had in LNI [Lake Natoma Invitational] and hopefully we just keep this momentum forward in the last little stretch of the season,” Gross said.

Sac State will compete next in the American Athletic Conference Championship in New Jersey on May 17.