May 4, 2001
Regatta Draws Best of the West
Sometimes a sporting event becomes an
"EVENT." That's why fans from nearly 30 universities
will flock to California State University, Sacramento's Aquatic
Center this weekend for the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.
Teams representing the best rowers in the West will compete
at the University's Lake Natoma facility from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m., Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 12-13. The
championship is one of the largest of its kind. It's the final
regatta of the West Coast collegiate racing season and the
winner will move on to the national championships in June.
But as good as the competition is, much of the action takes
place on the banks. About 30 hospitality tents, representing
rowing powerhouses like Washington and UC Berkeley as well
as up-and-comers like CSUS, line the shore during the weekend.
It's become such a "see-and-be-seen" occasion that
a few years back, the University of Southern California insisted
on hosting their tent - even though their school hadn't sent
Another reason for the race's appeal could be its ivy-covered
history. For all of today's sleek equipment and highly conditioned
athletes, rowing has old-school ties. The first American intercollegiate
sports competition was a rowing race between Harvard and Yale
in 1852. The Boat Race, the legendary Oxford vs. Cambridge
rowing regatta, dates back to 1829. Here in Sacramento, CSUS
has been hosting the championships since 1983.
Admission to the championships is $6 per day. On-site parking
is available for an additional $6.
More information is available by calling the CSUS Aquatic
Center at (916) 985-7239. Media assistance is available by
calling the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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