California State University, Long Beach

BCA Announces Campaign for “Olympiad” 8+

Saturday, 13. September 2014

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By: Ken Glenn

This year the BCA in undertaking its most ambitious fundraising effort ever and we need your help! I will let our Women’s Team Coach Ian Simpson explain.

The men’s and women’s rowing teams of CSULB need your help to raise $12,000 which will provide each team with a new boat.

The men’s team needs a boat for its lightweight rowers to train and race in. The women’s team is proposing to give the men their Vespoli eight, the Gold Member. The Gold Member is too large for the women and has sat unused on its rack for the past two years, but is in excellent condition and is the perfect boat for lightweight and novice men.

The women’s team has a unique opportunity to replace the Gold Member with the Olympiad, a fully factory-refurbished Resolute eight. The Olympiad, currently owned by the USC women’s team, was the boat in which the University of California, Berkeley women won two NCAA national titles. Fun fact: first-year CSULB assistant/novice coach Megan Smith (“Coach Smitty”) rowed in the Olympiad when she was at Cal.

Your tax-deductible donation will keep the Gold Member in the boathouse. Your donation will provide the men with a top-class boat which they will be able to use immediately. But that’s not all! Your donation will also enable us to buy the Olympiad from USC which will be a perfect fit for the varsity women.

If we sell the Gold Member to another team the men will miss out on this unique opportunity – it may be several years before we’ll be in a position to buy the men a comparable boat. Sure, $12,000 is a lot of money, until you consider that our rival Orange Coast College recently took delivery of a $55,000 German-made Empacher eight. Even a new Vespoli similar to the Gold Member will cost nearly $45,000 to be shipped from Connecticut. With your assistance, for only $12,000, our club will get the benefit of not just one, but two eights which will have an immediate impact on both teams.

Please pledge whatever you can. We have already received a couple of commitments of $500 each, but no amount is too small, every dollar counts. See if your employer has a gift-matching program that you can take advantage of to potentially double your donation.

We will memorialize large donations ($1,500 and above) by naming a seat in either the Olympiad or the Gold Member in your honor. In exchange for an exceptionally generous donation we will conduct a ceremony to rename the Gold Member in your honor. If we raise more than $12,000, the excess will be used primarily for refurbishments to the Gold Member and the Olympiad.
Please make your donation using cashnet, the CSULB administered secure site. Go to “Crew Donation,” input your donation amount and specify “New Boat” in the Comments box: http://beachcrew.org/donate

– Coach Ian Simpson

Beach crew is looking forward to a great season. Your continued support is making a difference!

Go Beach!

Kenneth Glenn ’71
President – The Beach Crew Alumni Association

Rowing Becomes a Key Venue at SmorgaSport 2014

Friday, 5. September 2014

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CSULB Associated Students (ASI) kicked off another year with the annual “Week of Welcome” activities. More than 300 student clubs and organizations call CSULB home, and that number alone can be daunting for new students trying to figure out where they fit in.

ASI makes the choice a little easier by inviting these clubs and organizations to come out and introduce themselves to new and returning students. This year, get involved by visiting Week of Welcome ’14.

On Friday, September 5th from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Beach Crew hosted the annual SmorgaSport Regatta using the RowPro simulator on a big screen and eight Concept2 ergometers. In years past, Beach Crew has stolen crowds from around the event over to what looks like a game, but in reality, they get hooked on rowing. The rest is history! Someone’s rowing career could start that night. The SmorgaSport Regatta has become a key venue at the event.

Novice rowers start on Monday, September, 8 at 5:30 AM.

More information regarding ASI’s Week of Welcome can be found here.

Megan Smith Named Long Beach State Women’s Rowing Asst. Coach

Monday, 7. July 2014

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July 7, 2014

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Long Beach, Calif. - Megan Smith (“Smitty”) has been named the new assistant women’s rowing coach at Long Beach State, as announced by head coach Ian Simpson today.

As an athlete, Megan competed in two NCAA championships with the University of California, Berkeley, helping the varsity eight to a second place finish in 2006 and winning the NCAA Division I team championship in 2005 and 2006. At the elite level, Smith has most recently trained with the US Women’s National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Her international results include winning a gold medal at the 2006 U-23 World Championships in the Women’s Eight and a bronze medal in the Women’s Eight at the 2007 U-23 World Championships. Megan won a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico in the Women’s Pair.

Smith’s on the water duty will be coaching the novice women. Off the water, she will be working in collaboration with Simpson and volunteer assistant coach Jackie Flietstra in all aspects of the program. She replaces former assistant coach Tamar Schaap.

Smith graduated from the University of California with a B.A. in Psychology in 2007. She learned to row at Cal “…I chose rowing because of the women on the team at Cal, because their intense drive and team effort were unlike anything I had ever been a part of before…”

“This is a great hire for our program,” Simpson said. “Smitty is passionate about the sport and is poised to make a big impact at Long Beach State. She learned to row at college and has experienced success as an athlete at both the collegiate and elite levels of our sport and is excited about sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with the team.”