California State University, Long Beach

WIRA 2018

Wednesday, 9. May 2018

Held every year around the same time, this year’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships, also simply known as WIRA, took place on the last weekend of April (4/28-4/30) at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. This regatta featured pairs and doubles in addition to the standard 8+s and 4+s featured in just about every regatta. Being the last major and official regatta for most of the collegiate crews on this side of the country, coaches planned for the crews to peak in their training around this time; thus, it is usually the most competitive out of all of the regattas that Beach Crew partakes in. This year, novice and varsity captains from the Men’s team were chosen to lead second workouts on top of the standard 5:30 AM practice, with most of the athletes ending up getting two workouts a day, multiple days a week. The women’s team went through similar feats to prepare for competition as well, feats that required much self-discipline.

The entire Spring Season had many luckless pitfalls, and this year’s WIRA was no exception. A series of unfortunate events during this year’s WIRA ultimately lead to a few of the Men’s team’s boats being scratched from their respective heats. It was a setback to say the least, one that discouraged many members of the team. For some of the members, it would have been their last regatta of their rowing/college career. Thankfully, both the Men and Women of Beach Crew have access to Sports Psychologists,which we meet with once a week throughout the season. We were fortunate enough to have the Men’s Sports Psychologist come up with the team to Sacramento to come support, and inadvertently end up being there to help cope with the adverse news. For the most part, everyone handled the news fairly well. It also didn’t hurt that the weather for the entire weekend was absolutely perfect for being outdoors.

For the boats that went out to race in their heats, it seemed like there was extra zeal during the heats. On top of the hours of training leading up to the regatta, the news of fellow teammates not being able to compete alongside may have provided the extra edge needed for this competitive championship. Needless to say, everyone tried their hardest and the results showed;  three of our boats made it all the way to the Grand Finals on Sunday, with every other boat defeating at least one other boat in their respective heats.

Men’s Varsity 4+

Men’s Double

Women’s Varsity 4+

Women’s Double

Men’s Novice 8+

Women’s Novice 4+

Women’s Pair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To sum up the regatta and the Spring season, the whole weekend was an emotional-roller-coaster filled with low points and high points. Starting from the early morning bus ride all the way to the bus ride back, the experience was just that: an experience. WIRA tends to be the longest and most memorable of regattas, and this year’s WIRA did not fail to reach that quota. For many of our rowers, this regatta was supposed to be, and was in fact, the last competitive regatta of their collegiate career. It is safe to say that everyone who partook enjoyed their time spent up north in Sacramento this year alongside their fellow rowers, the very same teammates that have sacrificed hours and months waking up early to sweat and train together. Also a special thank you to the DeVore family and the Brush family for contributing much-needed nourishment to our young athletes during the competition weekend, as well as to the many unnamed supporters who have contributed various needed supplies.

As always, Row Beach!

 

 

Photo creds: Arthur Parmentier, Emily Seiersen, row2k.com

Race Results at: http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=812DBB4D19157E385FBF638C5D29347C&cat=6

 

 

San Diego Crew Classic 2018

Friday, 30. March 2018

March 24th, 2018 marked the 45th annual Crew Classic Regatta hosted every year in the Mission Bay, San Diego. One of the largest regattas in the world, Crew Classic primarily showcases 8-manned rowing boats manned by junior clubs, collegiate teams, and alumni/master crews. Olympic-level athletes will often participate in this renowned regatta as well. Thousands of athletes and spectators alike participate in this weekend-regatta, and multiple vendors sporting rowing-related gear and food trucks take advantage of this crowded sporting event.

The water conditions, when comparing to last year’s conditions, were great to say the least. The difference in finish times from the morning heats versus the afternoon heats are a testament to Mother Nature’s effects on Crew boats; as an example, our Novice 8+ finished nearly 30 seconds slower on the second and later heat. Speaking of, the Men’s Rowing team sent out two boats: the Novice 8+ and the Varsity 8+. The Women’s team only sent out one boat, a mixed line up consisting of mainly Novice, with a few Varsity members sprinkled in. Beach Crew also sent out an Alumni boat, consisting of members from previous years. Our very own Assistant Coach Sean McCrea rowed alongside last year’s Assistant Coach Brent Underwood in the Alumni boat. It was an experience for many members on both Men’s and Women’s teams, some of which having never attended the populated regatta or having been able to race in it.

While our boats did not beat any boats out on the water, I think it’s safe to say that every crew left the regatta with positive feelings. Based on the general energy levels at the tent, no rower left anything out on the water!

Men’s Varsity 8+

 

Women’s Open 8+

Men’s Novice 8+

Even throughout Spring Break, both the Men’s and Women’s team are training hard for the upcoming regatta, WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association), which will be taking place up north in Sacramento on April 28th, 2018.

Here are some pictures showcasing the Men’s Varsity, Novice, and Alumni during this year’s San Diego Crew Classic Regatta:

 

Photo creds: row2k.com, Phoebe Evans, AC Chacon

Results provided by: Regattacentral.com

 

Further results for other heats can be found at:

https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/?job_id=5379&org_id=0

Gruenberg Cup and the Newport Regatta (3/3/18 & 3/11/18)

Monday, 12. March 2018

Greetings friends and family of Beach Crew, it has been a long winter of training for the Beach Crew, and spring season is upon us!

The first official regatta of the season occurred on March 3rd at the USC Boathouse in San Pedro, California. The regatta featured four heats: an Open 8, a Novice 8, an Open 4, and a Novice 4 event. The day also featured fog, rain, and sunlight, all during the regatta! San Diego State University came up to compete alongside USC and Long Beach.

 

For many of the Novice, this season’s Gruenberg cup was their first regatta. Beach Crew placed second in all of the heats, closing in and defeating USC in the final few hundred meters of the Open 8 event and coming very close to first place in the Open 4 heat. Overall, the regatta showcased the work that was being put in by our athletes, as well as the potential for so much more. Hearing the closeness of the opposing coxswain’s calls, feeling the rush that accompanies walking on and eventually passing the opponent’s boat, and finally going home knowing that all was given on the water is what drives rowers to spend hours training and developing their physical fitness and skill.

 

The last weekend (3/11/18), Beach Crew participated in another regatta, this time featured in Newport, California. Notorious for their foggy conditions, the weather was relatively fair during this year’s Newport Regatta, with light showers of rain that eventually cleared up towards the end of the final heats. The Regatta was  much larger than the Gruenberg Cup, hosting many more schools. The schools that competed alongside Beach Crew were: UCLA, UCI, SDSU, UCSB, OCC, and LMU. The regatta featured multiple heats ranging from Open 4s and 8s to Pure Varsity and Novice 4/8 line-ups.

Beach Crew sent out three (3) 4s during this year’s Newport Regatta, with the results showing promise for future races. The highlight of the Newport Regatta for Beach Crew was easily the Novice 4+, who defeated the opposing boats by 14 seconds and placed first in the heat. The Varsity 4+ was ahead and in second place for a majority of the race, but lost it during the last few hundred meters. The results can be found at (https://clockcaster.com/e/16). With the Newport Regatta concluded, the next prize to set our eyes on is the San Diego Crew Classic Regatta, which is approaching at a rapid pace. With two weeks left to train, Beach Crew will compete at the Crew Classic on March 24th, 2018. A special thanks to OCC for hosting the event and having the Beach Crew and to the friends and family of Beach Crew for their continuing support. We’ll see everyone in San Diego, Row Beach!

Head Coach AC Chacon with the Novice 4+ with their trophy, medals, and shirts. Left to right: AC Chacon, Arthur Parmentier, Clay Harshman, Phoebe Evans, AJ Ruger, Sean Thenard

 

 

 

Newport Regatta Results and Footage

Results: https://clockcaster.com/e/16

Main Video: https://livestream.com/row/events/7919008/videos/171404173

Sky Drone View: https://livestream.com/row/events/7919008