April 10, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After a one-week race break in its 2015 competitive schedule, the University of Notre Dame rowing team returns to the water this weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational. Co-hosted by the University of California and Sacramento State, the two-day regatta will take place Saturday and Sunday on Lake Natoma in Folsom, California.
Live regatta results will be available on Twitter @NatomaInvite.
Notre Dame, ranked 16th in the current Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing Coaches Poll, has raced on Lake Natoma in four of the last five seasons. The Irish earned six race points on its way to a fifth place finish at the 2014 regatta.
Racing begins for Notre Dame at the Lake Natoma Invitational on Saturday morning in a three-team lineup that will pit the Irish against No. 3 California and Rhode Island. The first varsity four boats are scheduled to launch at 8 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, with the second varsity eight to follow at 8:30. Next up will be the first varsity eight boats at 9:00, with the second varsity four expected to close the morning at 9:30.
Notre Dame completes its Saturday heats against No. 6 Stanford and co-host Sacramento State. The first varsity four is expected to kick off the afternoon schedule at 4 p.m., followed by the second varsity eight (4:30) and first varsity eight (5:00). The `B’ and `A’ finals of the morning second varsity four heats will be contested at 5:20 and 5:30, respectively.
On Sunday morning, Notre Dame will take on a pair of teams receiving votes in the CRCA poll to close the Lake Natoma Invitational. The Irish will join San Diego and Gonzaga on the water at 8:30 a.m. for first varsity four racing. Notre Dame’s heat of the second varsity eight is expected to commence at 9:00, with the first varsity eight set to start at 9:35.
No. 3 California is the defending Lake Natoma Invitational champion, and has claimed the regatta team title four times since 2009. Stanford (2011) and No. 10 Southern California (2013) have also won team championships during the history of the event on Lake Natoma. Notre Dame has a pair of top three finishes (second in 2011, third in 2013) in previous regatta starts.