California State University, Long Beach

Team President Determined To Take Home Medals

Saturday, 28. February 2015


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

LBSU Sports Program Offers Evaluation to Help Athletes Prevent Injury

Sunday, 1. February 2015


Photo by Ariana Gastelum

LBS Rowing’s athletes have been given the opportunity to be assessed by the school’s Sports Training and Research (STAR) program. These tests will help give an insight into how to prevent injuries. Jacob Bledsoe is waiting to take his core test, one of the four components of the assessment.


By Ariana Gastelum

Publicity Manager

Varsity Rower

It’s time to say, “Weigh enough!” to injuries and to start training smarter.

10 athletes from LBS Rowing were invited to take strength assessments with Long Beach State University’s Sports Training and Research (STAR) program on Jan. 29.

STAR is made up of interns studying in all different departments of kinesiology including sports medicine, nutrition, sports psychology and biomechanics. The program has been active for two years.

Sports medicine professor Dr. Mimi Nakajima and biomechanics professor Dr. James Becker supervise the entire assessment process.

Nakajima explained that assessment can be broken down into two categories: performance and clinical. For this particular project, the focus was on clinical for the purpose of preventing injuries.

“We customize the assessment to match your sport because your demand versus basketball is very different,” Nakajima said. “What we do is we go to the literature and search for all the major injuries that occur with rowing, and there is a tendency, obviously.”

The evaluation is based on flexibility, strength and core components. A lack of any one of these factors while rowing could lead to injuries.

“Lastly, the overhead squat – it’s a functional screen where you do a task, and you need to do it well,” Nakajima said. “And it also tells us how balanced you are when you’re moving. Certain muscles are tight. These things happen when you do a squat.”

LBS Rowing is the only club team that has been assessed. STAR has also worked with LBSU’s basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, track, cross country and men’s water polo teams. Each week, 10 more rowers will be evaluated.

If LBS Rowing can be free of back injuries, the team can focus on more positive goals, like medaling at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Challenge.

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

Saturday, 31. January 2015


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. Race day information will follow in the coming weeks.


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

Pete Archer Rowing Center
5750 Boathouse Lane
Long Beach


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.


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.