California State University, Long Beach

Happy Holidays from the BCA Board of Directors

Wednesday, 24. December 2014


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

As the 2014 years draws to a close I wanted to write to let you know that the rowing program at Long Beach State is now on the threshold of returning to the quality and success of earlier days. This is in no small part thanks to your contributions, interest and participation in your Beach Crew Alumni Association. With your support we have enjoyed a number of significant accomplishments this year, and we expect next year to be even better!

Thanks to the efforts of several members of the BCA Board, we were able to obtain from the University priority registration for our athletes. Needless to say, this has become a key to successful recruiting for a new generation of rowers now coming into the team.

Our recent fund raising event allowed us to raise sufficient funds to purchase a high quality used eight for the women’s team, and to transfer another quality eight from the women’s team to the men’s team. Moreover, your generosity exceeded the $12,000 required for the boat purchase, allowing additional funds to help the team bring other racing shells up to top competitive condition. We have also been able to allocate funds for scholarships, the BCA Newsletter, and a team strength and conditioning program guided by the CSULB Kinesiology Department. The team also gained access to the Bickerstaff Athlete Advising Center to enhance their academic needs.

Over the summer, our members completed a 5-year, $50,000 project to upgrade the chase boat fleet for the coaching staff. It proved to be a desperately needed aspect for our team that has not only improved their daily operations, but has substantially improved our image around the Alamitos Bay community.

Just last month the BCA sponsored a new major racing event, The Naples Island Collegiate Rowing Challenge (“NICRC”), held November 1 and 2. Using a “head” race format of 4200 meters around Naples Island and to the end of Marine Stadium, this event was a major success! Nine colleges from as far away as Arizona State University entered men’s and women’s varsity and novice eights and fours for a great two days of racing. Teams from the northwest have expressed interest and will be attending next year. Special thanks to all of the alumni who served on the organizing committee. Many thanks to the Long Beach Rowing Association and the City of Long Beach for their help and support in establishing this event, as well as to the many sponsors who contributed to make this initial regatta so successful. In coming years this regatta will become the highlight of the fall race season for most of the west coast crew teams.

With community support for LBSU Rowing on the upswing, how long has it been since you have been to a LBSU Rowing event? Look for the BCA Newsletter in January for the team’s racing schedule and save some dates to come out to cheer for your team! And while you are at the races look for the BCA Alumni group to personally reconnect with your crewmates and friends from your days in the boats.

If you have not updated your membership for this coming 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 program at LBSU! You can still send your $25 membership fee and any other contribution via

Best wishes for the Holidays and Into the New Year!


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Go Beach!

Kenneth Glenn ’71
Brandin Grams ’10
Director of Outreach


LBS Rowing Demonstrates Determination at NICRC

Sunday, 9. November 2014

Photo provided by Sydney Abad

LBS Rowing varsity women finished third out of eight in their heat, improving by 50 seconds since last year.


By Ariana Gastelum

Publicity Manager

Varsity Rower

Long Beach State Rowing’s effort to become increasingly competitive against opposing teams was shown at the first Naples Island Collegiate Rowing Challenge (NICRC) at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 1 and 2.

Saturday races were made up of a series 850-meter sprints for the alumni and novices. They began at the boathouse and finished at the end of Marine Stadium.

Winners of these sprints were not recorded. Although LBS Rowing’s novices have been rowing for a couple months now, they were competing against other teams that had been rowing for either just as long or for only a few weeks. Some of the other schools raced with only six rowers at a time, and others rowed with squared blades.

Men’s rowing teams from Arizona State University (ASU), Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Orange Coast College (OCC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC) competed in the novice races against Long Beach.

“The sprints were fun, and I really feel like it was easier to push myself because you are right next to your competition, and you can tell when you are losing,” men’s novice rower Wendel Kuhn said. “What I believe is really important is having that first race down because I know what to expect and know how our entire boat performs under that pressure.”

Teams from ASU, Chapman University, LMU, OCC and University of California Irvine (UCI) raced in the women’s sprints.

On Sunday, varsity and novice teams raced a 4,000-meter course around Naples Island.

“NICRC felt like home turf, and especially with our local rivals, we tried our best to see where we place among them,” varsity rower Sydney Abad said.

The women’s team raced one varsity eight and two varsity fours. The varsity eight finished third out of eight behind University of California Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) A-boat and OCC’s A-boat with a time of 16 minutes and 50.28 seconds.

Last year, varsity finished fifth, 1 minute and 22 seconds behind UCSB, who finished last year as well with a similar time, according to women’s head coach Ian Simpson. Since then, the women’s varsity team has improved by 50 seconds.

“The varsity performance would have been good enough for second place in last year’s race,” Simpson said. “However, Orange Coast College also had a very good performance, improving by 40 seconds over last year, good enough to keep them 15 seconds ahead of varsity…However, I have no doubt that our varsity will close the gap and eventually pass OCC in the spring.”

The men’s team competed one varsity eight and two novice eights. Varsity finished fifth out of eight with a time of 14 minutes and 39.74 seconds, finishing 10 seconds before UCLA’s B-boat and also before USC’s B-boat and ASU.

“Head of the American line up was a little bit different and more advance than the Naples Island line up,” men’s head coach Rob Edwards said. “But the Naples Island line up did well for themselves…They’re just going to get better and better throughout the season.”

This year’s varsity team had enough for two competitive eights, the team lost four varsity members just after Head of the American.

“I only had one boat last year, and now I only have one boat and a half, but I started with two,” Edwards said. “It’s nice to have the ability to change up people if I have to…It builds a little bit more competition and a little bit more competitive edge.”

The varsity team also practices in the evening on their own three times a week, and it has shown in practice, according to Edwards.

“They are getting much better with their ratio, and they’re getting much better with their overall strength,” he said. “This is one of the strongest crews I’ve ever had physically.”

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Daily 49er: Marathons in mind

Sunday, 2. November 2014

Amy Patton, Contributing Writer

President Jane Close Conoley attends the Naples Island collegiate rowing meet on Sunday. This was the first home meet for the fall season.

President Jane Close Conoley attends the Naples Island collegiate rowing meet on Sunday. This was the first home meet for the fall season.

Cal State University Long Beach club rowing team, Beach Crew, gauged its skill levels against other schools at the first home meet of the fall season at Naples Island over the weekend.

The women’s varsity-eight team came in third place, at 16 minutes, 50 seconds. University of California, Santa Barbara and Orange Coast College came in just ahead of them.

The men’s varsity-eight team came in fifth place at 14 minutes, 39 seconds. University California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California came in behind them.

President Jane Close Conoley attended the meet to show her support of CSULB’s club sports.

“I love seeing our student athletes,” Conoley said. “I love to find things that we have a stellar history in and highlighting it.”

CSULB’s rowing team is the oldest, “continuously operating collegiate sport,” said Kenneth Glenn, the President of the Board of Directors for Beach Crew Alumni Association. The rowing team has been active since 1956.

Glenn said CSULB rowers have a history of being cyclical in their success. Beach Crew rowers have been ranked top ten nationally before, and have been in the lowest 25 percent. Glenn said the team has been on the rise for the past few years.

“I see good things for this season,” Glenn said. “We’re doing better than last year, and last year did better than the year before that.”

Competitive meets do not begin until spring for CSULB’s rowing club team. Fall races are staggered endurance-based races and are 4,200 meters long, whereas spring competitions are side-by-side sprints for 2000 meters.

Rowing teams’ times at the fall meets factor in to which lane, or “seed,” teams are assigned at the San Diego Crew classic race and the Western Championships in Sacramento in April and May, respectively.

“It is always good to have as low a seed as possible because these are somewhat unfair courses,” Simpson said.

Gastelum explained that the higher the lane number, the closer to the ocean and the worse currents and wind conditions become.

President Conoley with the Varsity Men's team.

President Conoley with the Varsity Men’s team.

This weekend’s meet comprised of head meets, which means each team’s boat is staggered by 10 seconds. Rowers are competing against the clock instead of each other.

Gastelum said this way, if one team passed a boat that is ahead, that team’s time is automatically the faster time. She said the CSULB varsity women’s team was able to pass UCI.

She also said that Beach Crew is using the fall season to focus on technique. Gastelum said during spring, rowers focus on power and how to use already perfected techniques in order to have more power.

Trevor Peach, a varsity rower and junior business-marketing student, said the fall meets are crucial to learning where and how to improve.

“We have to focus on everything… technique, handle heights, set, timing, posture…” Peach said.

Simpson said fall meets are particularly beneficial for novice teams, or beginners, because it is “their first opportunity to actually row in the ocean against other rowers.”

“This weekend’s meet was good because it showed us where we are and how we need to improve,” Larice Pelzer, a novice rower and freshman international business major, said.

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