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Posted: 11/02/2012 02:58:19 PM;  Modified: 11/02/2012 03:06:44 PM
Lake Natoma, CA - The Men's rowing team took to their home water this past weekend ready for racing at the Head of the American. This was their first event of this fall, and everybody was eager to race. The team entered in a variety of boat categories, and placed competitively in all of them.
The Hornets had entered in the Open 4+, Collegiate Novice 8+, Open 1x, Open 2-, and the Open 8+.

The Open 4+ was the first race of the day for the team, and consisted of Seniors Andy Thompson, Will Parrott, Richard Butterfield, Juniors Justin Boman and coxswain Bonnie Rush. The 4+ came into a 4th place finish, behind Cal Lightweights, UC Davis, and a very fast Cal Maritime crew.

The Collegiate Novice 8+ is comprised of new collegiate rowers with no previous collegiate racing experience. Freshman Grady Hofstetter stroked the boat to a 3rd place finish behind the two UC Berkley boats. The Hornets still held a 30 second lead over the next closest crew, Cal State Long Beach.

The Open Single was raced by Senior Matt Kobe, who raced as a lightweight in a field of heavyweights and Olympic contenders and hopefuls. Kobe was able to stay with a majority of the field for most of the race, and came to a 6th place finish, with the first place only being less than a minute ahead.

The Open Pair was raced by Junior Brad Dyer and Senior Chris Hopkins. The pair held a furious pace down the course to come in at a time of 18:53, a whole 3 minutes before the next entry finished, and finished in first place.

The final event of the day was the Open 8+, which was comprised of varsity rowers. All of these rowers had already competed earlier in the day, and now had to race for a second time. Sac State came in 11th out of a field of 17 boats, just behind Humboldt State and UC Davis.

The team now continues their training in preparation for the Head of the Lagoon in Foster City, CA on Sunday November 11th. Be sure to come out and support the team.


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