California State University, Long Beach

LBSU & BCA @ San Diego Crew Classic

Friday, 27. March 2015

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Join us this weekend as Long Beach State competes with many crews from around the nation at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. Racing is up to eight lanes across Mission Bay, with heats beginning on Saturday, and finals on Sunday morning. Beach has entered into the following events:

– Womens DII-DIII-Club Varsity (8+)
– Womens DII-DIII-Club Novice (8+)
– Mens Varsity Cal Cup (8+)
– Mens Collegiate Novice Derek Guelker Memorial Cup (8+)

This will be the first year that the Beach Crew Alumni Association sponsors an entry in the “Men’s Alumni 8+”. The heats and finals are both on Saturday.

The Beach Crew Alumni Association will be on Tent Row near the south entrance. Friends and parents are welcome to stop by.

If you cannot join us in person, Crew Classic offers excellent streaming video coverage of all races, with camera boats following the race as well as aerial shots from a huge tower. Cost for the 2-day event is $15.

http://www.crewclassic.org/photosvideo/live-video-streaming/

More information and official schedule is at http://www.crewclassic.org. You can find the team’s events marked as “CSULB” or “BCA”.

Team President Determined To Take Home Medals

Saturday, 28. February 2015

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Photo by Stefano Balbusso

 

By Ariana Gastelum

Publicity Manager

Varsity Rower

Women’s team president Kelsey Davis has one thought on the upcoming season: It’s time to win.

“Every year, we’ve gone to WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association), we’ve gotten a little bit better,” she said. “And this year, I know we have the girls and the motivation to take it, and I want it so [badly]. This is the year.”

It is more than Davis’s competitive nature that motivates her to pull at her utmost ability. Her teammates and coaches also play a large factor.

“Just knowing that I have 25 other people on my team who wake up early in the morning to work out on the ergs together and work to get stronger inspires me,” Davis said.

The women’s team begins practice at 5:30a.m every morning and finished at around 7:30a.m. They have land practice every Tuesday and Thursday, which consists of rowing on the ergs, running and strengthening in core circuits.

Davis also looks up to novice coach Megan Smith, who began rowing at University of California Berkeley and continued training with the US Women’s National Team.

“She didn’t have 10 years of experience,” Davis said. “She joined in college – a novice – just like we did. And knowing that, we could really do some great stuff.”

Davis noted that if she had to summarize her life into one word, it would be “busy”. In addition to being president and team captain, she also works at Coffee Bean and is a full-time student at Long Beach State University, majoring in psychology.

“It’s different than being just a regular college student,” she explained. “It requires more focus, more time management, more organization…I’ve been doing it this way since I was a freshman, and I don’t think I could do college any other way.”

For those who are just starting as a novice on the team, Davis advises them to get through the initial struggles that cause them to ask themselves, why should they stay?

“You get really worn down, and your body gets tired, and you get sick,” she said. “Just hang in there. You could be really good, and you can make a huge impact on the team. You just have to want it…I think people come back if they are successful the year before. If we show that we are a good, competitive team, then people will want to come back. They want to win again. They want to defend their title. And so, I think we need to work hard and take home some medals.”

Photo by Sarah Dresser

Shells to be Dedicated to John D. Boyle & Joan Lind Van Blom

Saturday, 31. January 2015

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After a successful annual membership drive last fall, the Beach Crew Alumni Association is proud to announce the dedication of two racing shells being introduced in the spring racing season. We are honored to have the Women’s Resolute 8+ shell dedicated to our 49er Hall of Fame recipient, Joan (Lind) Van Blom. The Men’s golden Vespoli 8+ shell will be dedicated to a influential and respected alum, John D. Boyle.

Please join us for Dedication Day, Saturday March 7, 2:00 PM, after racing has commenced at the Southern California Opening Day Regatta, right here at the Long Beach State Boathouse. Come hear a special presentation from our guest of honor, CSULB President, Dr. Jane Close Conoley.

Racing starts at 8:00AM with a series of time trials for the sprints later in the morning.

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The entire day will be broadcasted thanks to our partnership with TRC. Coverage starts at 7:00AM. http://beachcrew.org/live

Pete Archer Rowing Center
5750 Boathouse Lane
Long Beach

ABOUT JOHN D. BOYLE

John Boyle embodied the contrast of rowing’s comfortable intensity. His dedication and loyalty made him an example for his boat mates and team members to follow. Although his time with us was far too short, his influence has continued on. John rowed on the varsity crew from 1984-1986. His boat won the V8+ event at WIRA in 1984 & 1986. He coached the Women’s Novice team from 1989-1991.

ABOUT JOAN (LIND) VAN BLOM

Joan (Lind) Van Blom was the first woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States in rowing, taking silver in the single sculls at the 1976 Olympic Games and in the quadruple sculls at the 1984 Olympics. She has not only medaled as a rower, but also medaled internationally as a coach in the Pan American Games, and currently holds 11 world records on the ergometer.

She has been an ambassador for the sport, raising over a million dollars in grants to bring rowing to high school students and teachers. She currently teaches rowing classes on the ergometer to non-rowers at the Pete Archer Boathouse and inspirationally continues to train and compete.