WE do. We’ve got the 14th Annual NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships May 28-30. I mentioned in my last  post that there will be plenty of sports in Sacramento this summer, and this is one of the best.  

Intercollegiate Rowing Championship in Sacramento
Did you know that Sacramento has one of the best rowing facilities in the U.S., arguably the world?   Well now you do. Allow me to introduce you to one of Sacramento’s best kept secrets - Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma. What makes Lake Natoma one of the fairest rowing courses in the US?  The consistent depth and being perfectly situated between Folsom Dam and Lake Natoma Dam  which minimizes currents.

The Canadian National Rowing Team comes here to train. The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (after 106 years on the east coast) brought their 107th national championship to Lake Natoma. 

This Memorial Day Weekend, our nation’s best women’s collegiate rowing athletes return to Lake Natoma to compete for the NCAA National Championship. Competition begins on Friday, May 28, and ends with the crowning of a Division 1, 2 & 3 National Champion on Sunday, May 30. This is one of the premier Sacramento weekend events taking place.

The sport is about as wholesome as milk. But it’s about as heartless as it gets when mere inches make the difference between becoming a champion or an also ran.   Such is life for a collegiate rower. Hours of gut wrenching work on legs, abs and arms, all channeled through the coordinated verbal cues of a coxswain. In the end one boat crosses the 2,000-meter-long course ahead of another and a National Champion is crowned.

Don’t miss your opportunity over the Memorial Day Weekend to see the nation’s finest women’s rowing teams in action, competing for a coveted NCAA National Championship.