California State University, Long Beach

Seasons Greetings from the BCA Board of Directors

Thursday, 24. December 2015

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Dear Beach Crew Alumni and Friends of Long Beach State Rowing:

As 2015 draws to a close, we want to express our gratitude to all of our alums, parents, and friends who make our efforts possible. This year brought us some great additions, including the dedications of the John D. Boyle 8+ and the Joan Lind Van Blom 8+. We also saw what happens when we lose someone so special from our community. We all came together. That’s what makes Beach Crew a part of our lives, and it’s one that will be a part of you forever.

The BCA continues to play an advisory role with the team’s annual operation. This year, we welcomed new additions to our coaching staff and have been grateful of their efforts and expertise. One addition we are proud of are the new corporate and business sponsorships, such as the Boathouse on the Bay restaurant. Many of these sponsors have committed annual support to our cause and we are grateful to have this support. The BCA continues to coordinate the Naples Island College Sprints and Head Race with USRowing. There will be some changes to this event next fall, including making it a one-day event and pushing it ahead in November. We continue to be a channel partner with The Rowing Channel (TRC), an effort launched in 2014 by a number of west coast higher-education institutions and the American Collegiate Rowing Association, to bring live coverage of our major events to you. The BCA Saturday Rows continue to be a hit, seeing new and familiar faces from time to time. This has been inspiring our community to get back in a boat. We were daring enough to enter an 8+ in the Men’s Alumni 8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic, only to be shattered by a broken rudder during the first heat.

In 2016, the BCA will be rolling out a new 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. It is currently in final development. This will enable us to get even more of every dollar that you give directly to our efforts and the team’s operations. As we move into the Fall, Beach Crew will enter its 60th racing season and there is movement for a “diamond jubilee” celebration. Our records of activity back in 1956 are still a blur, but we’ve been able to confirm things from our co-founder, Dr. Ludwig Spolyar, from these early days. Nonetheless, you will hear more about this next year as we get closer.

The campus announced that 90,000 students have applied for the Fall 2016 semester, and we are hoping to get a few excellent athletes from that pool. In our own efforts, over 200 people have inquired through BeachCrew.org/join directly to us about rowing at LBSU since we first launched the effort back in Fall 2013. There’s no doubt that people want to come to Long Beach. We definitely have something special here.

Before we sign off for the rest of the year, we’d like to remind everyone that if you have not updated your membership for this academic year, please consider that there is still time for a tax deductible donation to the BCA. Your support is making a huge difference in building a quality rowing team at LBSU. You can still send your $25 membership fee and any other contribution via http://beachcrew.org/alumni/donate

The team’s Spring 2016 schedule will be released in January. All of us wish you the best for the holidays and into the new year.

 

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Go Beach!

Brandin Grams ’10
Director of Outreach

A Good Weekend of Racing for the Women’s Team

Friday, 20. November 2015

Photo by Diana Mejia

Photo by Diana Mejia

Written Nov.1

By Ian Simpson

Women’s Head Coach

A good weekend of racing for the women’s team

Varsity
The varsity squad had two days of racing, 850m sprints on Saturday and 4200m head races on Sunday. The format of the weekend’s races allowed us to try different combinations of rowers to see how they match up together, to gather information to assess what worked well and what we need to improve upon in training. We achieved so much more in these two days than we would have in two weeks of regular practices, where half the practice is conducted in the dark and the students need to rush away afterwards.

The varsity group had four sprint races on Saturday; there were no other women’s varsity teams, so we faced off against our own novice men and novices from the UCLA and USC men’s teams. Various combinations of the women’s eight performed well against the men, proving faster than USC and UCLA (who have been rowing for less than one month) and falling half a length short of the Long Beach men who look to have a strong team developing this year. In each of its four races, the women’s eight made significant improvement in the way they rowed technically and in the way they approached their races.

The varsity group raced the head races on Sunday; again with only men’s teams for competition. Using information from the previous day’s racing, the reshuffled eight had its best race of the weekend, rowing with consistency, long strokes and good rhythm for the entirety of the 4200m time trial.

After the eight we raced two fours and a pair. The pair and one of the fours hot-seated from out of the eight and immediately went back to the start to do the time trial again.

Against their respective world’s best times, the winning four was overall (men’s and women’s combined) the second fastest crew of the day, sandwiched between the two UCLA men’s varsity eights. The women’s eight was 4th overall, the pair 7th and the second four was 9th out of the 18 college boats that participated in the head races.

This was an invaluable weekend for the varsity women. Many lessons were learned, they rowed a lot of races and got in a lot of miles.

Novices
In Saturday’s sprints Long Beach had one novice eight competing against novices from Chapman, UC Irvine (3 eights) and Orange Coast College (2 eights). The novices had five races which gave us the opportunity to switch rowers around so that everyone got to race several times. Our novices are a little more advanced in their training than most of the other boats, several of whom were still at the rowing-by-sixes stage. The top OCC boat did race by all eight and was a good match up for the Long Beach crew, with Irvine’s sixes not too far behind. As always, the novice eights racing is sure to be fast and furious in the spring.

The novice women had a great time racing and all of them would have liked to have raced again on Sunday.

Everyone is looking forward to our next race in San Diego

Thank you to the alums who made this weekend of racing possible, and to the friends and relatives who came out to support the team this weekend. We hope to see you all in San Diego in two weeks.

Next up: San Diego Fall Classic, Sunday November 15th.

San Diego Fall Classic Report – Women

Friday, 20. November 2015

(Photo provided by Chloe Volz) Novice four, which included Chloe Volz, Hanna Anderson, Chamille Mendoza and Aimee Ramos, medaled in their race against ASU at San Diego Fall Classic.

(Photo provided by Chloe Volz) Novice four, which included Chloe Volz, Hanna Anderson, Chamille Mendoza, Aimee Ramos and coxswain Sarah Dresser (not pictured), medaled in their race against ASU at San Diego Fall Classic.

By Ian Simpson

Women’s Head Coach

The women competed at last weekend’s San Diego Fall Classic, with two boats in the Open Women’s Eight and one Novice Eight. The entire 1st varsity eight doubled-up into an Open Four, an Open Double-Scull and an Open Pair. Members of the 2V and novice eights also raced in the Novice Four.

The 1V eight recorded a time of 17:36 and finished 8th out of 15 boats, while the 2V which comprised 6 novices (including the cox’n) and 3 varsity rowers, had an interesting experience (20:48) and finished 14th.
The double-scull won its race in a time of 20:38 which was faster than all the masters doubles and all the junior doubles. The pair came 4th out of 5 boats in 21:47.

The varsity four was hit by a boat-stopping wave that deposited several pounds of water in the boat and destroyed the crews chances of having a good result. They recorded 21:11.

The novice four rowed well and won its race in 23:34.

Without doubt this was a weekend of lessons to be learned. It was good to have experience of rowing down the Crew Classic course. The rowers who rowed twice logged a lot of meters that was a challenge to their endurance. Some of the women said they were tired, having driven down from Long Beach at 3am that morning. Next year we should look into cost-effective ways to bring the team down the day before, so they can be rested and prepared to race well.

Full results: http://www.row2k.com/results/files/20151115SDFallClassic.pdf

Next up: Newport Chase Head Race hosted by OCC. Saturday November 20.