Go to JAMCO home page jamcotimes.com

Home  >  2009  >  Lake Natoma Invitational

2009 Lake Natoma Invitational

April 18 - 19, 2009

Lake Natoma, Gold River, CA, USA

Significant Implications for National Rankings

The first Lake Natoma Invitational Regatta will be held this Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The regatta boasts a strong, nine-team field, including five schools with nationally ranked varsity 8+ boats. The results from the Lake Natoma Invitational could go a long way in helping teams earn selection to the NCAA Rowing Championships, considering the number of quality, complete teams from the West, Central and South Regions. This weekend's field includes Sacramento State Hornets, the University of California Golden Bears and their third-ranked varsity 8+, Stanford, which boasts the No. 2 varsity 8+, Wisconsin, with the 16th-ranked varsity 8+, UCLA, with the No. 19 varsity 8+, Minnesota, with the 20th-ranked varsity 8+, Tennessee, Texas and Central Florida. Cal head coach Dave O'Neill said. "We have nine great teams coming from across the country."

The regatta is hosted by the California State University Sacramento and University of California, Berkeley.

Final Group Standings

Co-host California won Group 1 with 16 points, followed by Stanford (13) and Wisconsin (7).

UCLA tied with Minnesota with 13 points each in Group 2; the teams' varsity 8+ finish was the tiebreaker and gave the Bruins (who won the Group 2 V8+ final) the overall Group 2 win. The Golden Gophers were second and Tennessee (10 points) was third in Group 2.

The three teams in Group 3 wound up with 12 points each. The varsity 8+ placing tiebreaker determined that regatta co-host Sacramento State (which won the Group 3 V8+ final) won the Group 3 title, Texas was second and Central Florida was third.

Split Times

Detailed results and split times are available here.

The Course

Lake Natoma is located in the metropolitan Sacramento area [ Google Maps ], near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is fed by the snow melt by the American River and is a year-round, multi-use recreational area.

The race course is a world-class facility for rowing, kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports. The facility is run by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and the California State Parks and Recreation.

About JAMCO Race Bulletins

Unofficial Times — JAMCO takes its own finishing times and those are the first finishing times to appear on JAMCO's real time race result pages. Those pages are marked "unofficial" because the Regatta Committee is also taking finishing times, and its times are the "official" times. The Regatta Committee provides JAMCO with its "official" times after the races are over, and JAMCO then enters the "official" times on its reports. Therefore, there may be a considerable delay in replacing the "unofficial" times with "official" times, but the order of finish should not change."

Color Coding — Real time movements by crews during each 500 meter interval are highlighted by different colors. Gold (yellow) crews are closing on the leader in the current 500. Silver (light blue) crews are closing on the second place crew, but falling further behind the leader. Bronze (orange) crews are closing on the third place crew, but falling further behind the leader and the second place crews. White crews are falling further behind all three leading crews. Quite often, when a crew turns gold, it takes the lead in the next 500.

Printing Tips — When printing JAMCO race bulletins, you may get better results if you set your browser to print background colors and images. If you are using MS Internet Explorer, go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced and scroll down to where you see "Printing - Print background colors and images."

Automatic Refresh — During the race, JAMCO updates race results every 500m. JAMCO web pages showing real-time results are designed to automatically reload or refresh every 30 seconds. If you are viewing a race in progress and the page does not automatically reload, please press the "Refresh" or "Reload" button on your browser.


JAMCO is completely run by volunteers, for the benefit of the rowing community.

On Saturday morning, our volunteers included: Tom, Liz, Sam, Rick, Claudia, Liz Lee, and Candace.

On Saturday afternoon: Rick, Sam, Liz, Tom, Claudia, Lee, and Candace.

On Sunday: Sam, Abby, Liilian, Lisa, Eva, Jenny, Emmy, Claudia, Danielle, and Anna.

Thanks also to Dan, the boat driver, and Barry and Scott from CNS.


NCAA is a trademark of the NCAA. Pac-10 is a trademark of the Pac-10 Conference.

Programming and web design by Jeffrey Shimbo.
© 1999-2009. Kent Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.
JAMCO, jamcotimes.com, and WorldRowers.com are trademarks of Kent Mitchell.