California State University, Long Beach

CSULB Partner’s with Livestream’s Rowing Channel

Thursday, 24. April 2014


In a massive collaborative effort by Southern California Colleges and the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA), CSU Long Beach has joined the efforts of The Rowing Channel (TRC) consortium to bring live webcasts of major regattas to our ever-growing community of alums, their families, and our community. Other SoCal institutions include Orange Coast College, who had a widely popular webcast of the 2014 Newport Regatta. CSULB will add the Southern California Opening Day Regatta and the new Naples Island Collegiate Challenge to the lineup of annual events.

It is the goal of the consortium to pool together resources, establish best practice, and obtain the proper manpower to make this operation possible.

TRC is facilitated by Netrendity Network Services, a provider of infrastructure consulting.

You can find The Beach on TRC at

Beach Makes Comeback at Chapman Invitational

Sunday, 20. April 2014



By Ariana Gastelum
Women’s Varsity Member
Contributing Writer

The Long Beach State Rowing Team (Beach Crew) varsity and novice women finished first in their 2,000-meter races with the same time of 8 minutes and 15.4 seconds at the Chapman Invitational in Newport, Calif. on April 13.

The novice women, which consisted of Alexandra Savage, Sydney Abad, Sam McFeely, Cecilia Guerrero and coxswain Sheila Robles, came in 44 seconds before University of California Irvine (UCI) who finished second, followed by University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Orange Coast College (OCC) and Chapman University’s A and B boats.

The women realized they were distancing themselves amongst the other crews around the first 500 meters of the race, according to Robles.

“We were coming to the 1,000, and that’s when Alex, our stroke seat, said, ‘Sheila, we have two boat lengths!’’ Robles noted. “And then Sydney said, ‘No, we have three!’ From there, we knew we had this. And that’s when I called out a ‘power 10,’ and we just walked away. I told them, ‘We have the distance. Let’s build on it.’”

The varsity women, who comprised of Maria Guardiola, Kelsey Davis, Rikki Oden, Ariana Gastelum and coxswain Lauren Felske, finished 4.7 seconds ahead of UCSB who came in second, followed by OCC.

“We had a consistent rating, and we maintained our position in first place the whole time,” Guardiola said. “The race course was better, we had a better start, and I had more practice [rowing] starboard side…as opposed to [San Diego Crew Classic] where I only had a week of practice before racing.”

About a week before the Chapman Invitational, the varsity four’s boat was switched to be starboard-rigged, transferring Guardiola to stroke seat.

“It was [at Chapman] that they realized that they can do it; they can win races; that they are tough enough to hold off crews all the way down the course,” women’s coach Ian Simpson said. “Since Chapman, the varsity four has shown significant improvement every day in practice. I look forward to seeing what they are capable at the weekend.”

Simpson emphasized that it is important that the women put their focus on becoming even stronger competition as they prepare for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship Regatta.

“Now, they must dedicate themselves, individually and collectively, to produce two final races that go far beyond anything they have done in practice, to push themselves harder than they ever thought themselves capable of,” he said.

The men’s varsity four, which consisted of Jake Skoll, Grey Mouser, Jacob Bledsoe, Ryan Woolner and coxswain Kaitlyn Gold, finished second in their heat behind UCSB with a time of 7 minutes and 16.6 seconds. They finished 37 seconds before Chapman University.

All four rowers had to race in the varsity-eight race that was held only about an hour before. The varsity eight finished third behind two UCSB boats with a time of 6 minutes and 26.5 seconds.

Men’s varsity coach Robert Edwards noted that he expects the varsity four to make it into grand finals at WIRA. “As I can see them, based on times last year, they would make it into fifth place for grand finals,” he said. “That’s just based on times last year, and I do think they are better this year. So, I think we could place and do very well.”

The next race the crew will compete in will be at the WIRA Championship Regatta in Sacramento Calif. on April 26 and 27.

For official Chapman Invitational results, visit


Beach Battles Wind at San Diego Crew Classic, Prepares for Championships

Sunday, 13. April 2014


By Ariana Gastelum
Women’s Varsity Member
Contributing Writer

The Long Beach State Rowing Team (Beach Crew) powered through their 2,000-meter races in harsh winds at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 5 and 6 in San Diego, Calif.

They plan to bring that power to their upcoming competitions in Newport and Sacramento, Calif.

“The strong winds coming from the north favored the inside lanes one and two while making conditions progressively tougher across the course to the outside lane eight,” women’s coach Ian Simpson said.

The men’s varsity eight competed in the Men’s Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup, the first race of the regatta at 7:20a.m. They finished in fifth place in their heat with a time of 6 minutes and 41.05 seconds, ahead of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Sacramento State University, only two seconds behind University of California Davis (UCD).

They raced again later that afternoon in the third final (places 13 – 18) and came third, beating San Diego State University, Loyola Marymount University and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

“The second race was definitely better,” said Jake Skoll, stroke of the men’s varsity eight. “The water quality was a little better. I felt like we were more in unison. We just had better power and better competiveness as compared to the other race.”

The women’s novice eight was placed in lane four of the Collegiate Women’s Division II /Division III /Club Novice preliminary heat. The crew led UCD, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Orange Coast College (OCC) and University of California San Diego (UCSD) up until the 1,000-meter mark – the halfway point in the race. Mills College had been disqualified before the start.

“These five crews came down the course locked in a desperate battle, with no boat giving quarter, despite the fact that they were all guaranteed to race again in the next day’s final,” Simpson said. “The officials in the launches in the following race told me that were it not for a couple of mishaps, the crew would have had a very good chance of winning the race. Given the approximate four-second differential between each lane, caused by the variable water conditions, that was testament to the potential of the crew.”

The eight finished in fifth place with a time of 7 minutes and 44.6 seconds, ahead of University of California Irvine (UCI). They were only two seconds behind UCD and four seconds behind UCSB.

In Sunday’s final, the novice women finished fourth, behind UCSD, OCC and UCSB with a time of 8 minutes and 11.88 seconds.

“Once again, the crew raced well and were narrowly in the lead at 1,000 meters to go,” Simpson said. “They faltered a little and ended up a creditable fourth place, beating UC Davis by four seconds and finishing just three seconds behind Santa Barbara. The crew’s performance was all the more remarkable as it contained three women who picked up an oar for the first time in February.”

Alexandra Savage, stroke seat of the novice women’s eight, had competed in two races prior to Crew Classic. However, this was only Reid Atkins’s and Sarah Dresser’s second time ever racing.

The women’s varsity four was drawn into lane six in the Division II/Division III/Club preliminary heat. They finished fifth, ahead of UCSB and UCSD’s B boat. Due to an error, their time was not recorded.

In the final on Sunday, the varsity four competed in lane five with the same teams: UCSD’s A and B boats, University of Central Oklahoma, OCC and Barry University. They again finished fifth, ahead of UCSB and UCSD’s B boat with a time of 8 minutes and 44.43 seconds.

“Both crews would have done better if they had been drawn into better lanes for the preliminary heat, which would have put them on a more equal footing with the crews that beat them,” Simpson said.

Despite the wind, the novice men, who competed in the Men’s Collegiate Second Varsity heat, managed to beat their personal best time for a 2,000-meter race. The team finished in eighth place against Northeastern University, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, Gonzaga University, UCSD, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Santa Clara University with a time of 7 minutes and 11.93 seconds.

“The men’s novice team met my expectations Friday night, before the racing even began,” said Jonathan Flietstra, men’s novice coach. “We have two novice eights still committed to showing up every day – still committed towards coming to practice; still determined to get better, faster, stronger and become great rowers. When I rowed, by this time in the season, it was normal to maybe have eight guys left. So, when I am asked if the weekend at San Diego was successful or not, I am not looking at Saturday or Sunday. Instead, Friday evening, as I am privileged to be a part of the rowing program at [California State University of Long Beach] in this kind of growth.”

Reginald Harris, a novice who joined in January, took part in this novice boat. He had competed in only two races prior to Crew Classic.

“I think it would be better if we focused on the whole race, [so that we don’t] die off at the end of the race,” he said.

Harris mentioned that in the heat the crew had a strong start, and the petite final (places 7-12) that took place on Sunday also felt strong up until the second half.

In order to prepare for Crew Classic, the men’s and women’s teams both held double practices each day over the spring break (March 31-April 3) that lasted four to five hours each day.

“In the evening, we had practice at 6,” Skoll said. “We would do almost a repeat of our morning practice – not necessarily the same workout, but we would get out on the water and start rowing.”

Skoll added that in the future, the team would benefit if there were a greater focus on conditioning.

“I think ‘erging’ is important and a lot of strength training,” he said. “I think we need to build a lot of muscle – lean muscle. I feel like weights and ergs should be a bigger portion or at least a more prevalent portion than it is now.”

Flietstra noted that he plans to continue the team’s routine training as the crew prepares for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta (WIRA).

“Many of them are determined to get bigger and stronger,” he said. “I do not think we can afford to take it easy going into WIRA. We will continue to do what we have been doing and look forward to WIRA and next season.”

In preparation for the WIRA Championships the women’s team will spend the majority of its time in stable line-ups and work hard on developing crew cohesion and a racing mentality, according to Simpson.

“While not as bad as San Diego, the Sacramento course can also be affected by crosswinds, and it is important to be in the inside lanes for every race,” he said. “Therefore, at the Chapman Invitational, I expect to see our priority boats perform well and demonstrate that they deserve to be seeded highly for WIRA.”

Full results of the San Diego Crew Classic: