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Posted: 5/29/2013 01:45:23 PM;  Modified: 5/29/2013 01:49:50 PM
Lake Natoma, CA - On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Sacramento State Men’s Rowing entered a Novice 4+ to compete against University of California Berkeley, University of Washington, and Santa Clara University at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. Off of the start all crews held even through 350 meters. Our race plan, designed by head coach Mike Brandt, called for two ‘power fifteens’ and a powerful sprint near the finish. Moving through the 750 meter marker, UC Berkeley and Washington had pulled ahead – leaving Sacramento State and Santa Clara in a tug of war for third place. Sacramento State captured three seats from Santa Clara University on their first ‘power fifteen!’ Moving into the second thousand, Santa Clara made an attempt to close the gap. Novice coxswain Bonnie Rush announced, “it is time to walk away from Santa Clara!” Her rowers took five strokes to place open water between the two boats. Our sprint began with 450 meters left in the race. Tom Needham (stroke seat), TJ Pinnow (3 seat), Andrew Thompson (2 seat), and Randy Brown (bow seat) of Sacramento State University finished in third place – 11 seconds ahead of rival Santa Clara. This was a fun day for Sacramento State Men’s Rowing – the future of our program looks very promising!

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