TRANSFER TO TENNESSEE FOR AMERICA’S SUNDAY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SACRAMENTO, California – Sacramento State will head to Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the American Athletics Conference Rowing Championships on Sunday. The event is being held at Melton Lake for the second consecutive season.
The Hornets and five other schools will compete for the title of the convention on Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. PT. Sacramento State will be joined by SMU, Central Florida, Tulsa, Temple and Old Dominion.
With six teams competing for the congress title and six lanes, there will be no preliminary time trial. Just the grand finals for each of the four race categories. In fact, the race will be over in an hour as things kick off at 6am Pacific Time for the second group, followed by fourth at 6:15am, eighth at 6:30am and eighth at 6:45 The awards ceremony will take place approximately 45 minutes after the final race.
A video stream of the event will be made available via ESPN+. Direct link can be found by multiply here or above the story.
All six schools are competing in varsity eight, varsity second and varsity four competitions. Sacramento State and Old Dominion will not compete in sailing in the second and fourth races.
Each school will fight for the convention’s NCAA auto-qualification. Last season, SMU topped the final points standings, followed by Central Florida, Sacramento State and Tulsa to make the top three. Sacramento State and Tulsa finished in third place.
Since joining the American Championship in 2015, the Hornets have had the following team record: placing third in 2021, fifth in 2018, third in 2017, fourth in 2016 and third in 2015. Before the event Last year, each of those championship teams had seven or eight schools competing.
The score structure for races considers varsity eight as the most important race, followed by varsity second, varsity four and varsity second, respectively.
The Hornets joined American in 2015 after competing in 2014 at Conference USA. This year will mark the seventh time Sacramento State has raced for the NCAA auto-qualification. Prior to 2014, Hornet had never competed in an NCAA-accredited conference since gaining college status in 1995.
Championship fixtures (all times in the Pacific)
6:00 am – Varsity Monday 4
6:15 am – Varsity 4
6:30 am – Varsity Monday 8
6:45 am – Varsity 8
Awards Ceremony – about 45 minutes after the last race
All races are grand finals