Rowing travels to the American Athletic Conference Championship

May 11, 2017

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State rowing team sets off for its final event of the season, the American Athletic Conference Championship, on Saturday, May 13, in Sarasota, Fla. Racing begins at Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET.

The Aztecs will enter four events and the conference championship, including the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four. SDSU gets going with the 2V4 at 11:10 a.m. ET, following by the V4 at 11:30 a.m., the 2V8 at 11:40 a.m. and finally the V8 at 11:50 a.m. The awards ceremony is set to close the championship at 12:45 p.m.

SDSU joins University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut, Southern Methodist University, Temple University, University of Tulsa and Sacramento State at Nathan Benderson Park, facing every conference foe in each of its four races.

The Aztecs traveled the varsity eight boat to Sarasota on Nov. 5-6, 2016, to participate in the Sarasota-Bradenton Chase Race and get valuable course time at Nathan Benderson Park prior to the AAC Championship. During the team’s visit, SDSU completed a winding 5000-meter course in 19:02, as well as a round of 500-meter sprints, logging an unofficial time of 1:42 into a strong headwind.

This season, Aztec rowing has medaled in most of its events, including the team’s most recent success at the WIRA Championships where they took home the first-place trophy in the 2V8 and garnered second-place finishes in the V8 and V4. The team’s finishes at the WIRA Championships landed four Aztecs on the all-WIRA teams, with Sara Avery and Brynn Danvers selected for the first team, and Brooke Hepner and Laura Keane chosen for the second team.

SDSU also competed against conference foes at the San Diego Crew Classic, where the Aztecs finished ahead of SMU in the V4 final, and beat Sac State in the 2V8 petite final, the N8 grand final and V8 grand final.

Prior to seeing Sac State at the Crew Classic, SDSU claimed wins over Sac State at the Hornet Invitational in the V8, 2V8 and 3V8, but lost to the Hornets in the V4.

Saturday’s races will be live-streamed on The American Digital Network. Complete coverage of the regatta can be found on the championship central page.

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