California State University, Long Beach

San Diego Crew Classic 2017

Thursday, 20. April 2017

Photo by Dylan Widjaja

By Sean McCrea

Men’s Varsity Rower

For most of the rowing community across the US, San Diego Crew Classic marks the start of racing season. Many of the mid west and east coast schools have to deal with frozen lakes and rivers during the winter and early spring. The weather restrictions force them to train for months at a time indoors, using the rowing ergometer. So a Regatta in sunny San Diego is a nice way to welcome the new sprint season for those who have been confined to the inside of their respective boathouse since Thanksgiving. For west coast clubs, we have the luxury of being able to row on the water year round. One could argue that we are spoiled, but that’s another story.

This year at SDCC, LBS rowing sent 5 boats between the men and women. The women sent two 8+’s and a 4+. The men sent two 8+’s. Here are the results in the order that their race took place starting with Saturday morning.

Photo by Dylan Widjaja Men’s V8+

Photo by Dylan Widjaja Women’s Open 8+

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

Men’s Varsity 8+ finished with a 6:59.3 and was 5th of 5 in their heat

Women’s Varsity 8+ finished with an 8:18.9 and got 7th of 7 in their heat

Men’s Novice 8+ finished with a 7:04.3 and got 5th of 5 in their heat

Women’s Open 8+ finished with a 7:18.7 and got 4th of 7

Men’s Varsity 8+ finished with a 6:58.9 and got 6th of 7 in 3rd Finals

Photo from Row2k.com Women’s V4+

Photo by Row2k.com
Men’s Novice 8+

 

 

Sunday

Women’s Varsity 8+ finished with an 8:28.8 and got 6th of 6 in Petite Finals

Women’s Varsity 4+ finished with a 7:53.8 and got 3rd of 8 in Grand Finals

 

LBS Rowing now sets it’s sights on WIRA which will be held at Lake Natoma in Sacramento in the end of April.

 

 

Women’s V4+ Wins Gold in Newport

Tuesday, 21. March 2017

Stern pair Destanie(right) and Penny(left) bringing their shell in after the race

Photos by Faii Athiprayoon

By Sean McCrea

Men’s Varsity Rower

I was driving down PCH en route to the Orange Coast College boathouse when I spotted four girls wearing Long Beach Rowing gear running down the street. The look in their eyes was calm and fierce at the same time. They were locked in and ready to go, even during their on-land warm-up jog. The line up for the Long Beach Women’s V4+ from stern to bow was Destanie Brush in stroke seat (3rd year rower), Penny Gallardo in 3 seat(4th year), Megan DaVore in 2 seat(2nd year), and Brooke Myrick in the bow (1st year). Being such a diverse group when it comes to experience, this would be an easy crew to overlook if you were a competitor. But no one can deny the hard work these girls put in during the “off-season” and continue to do so now while in-season. The race was 2000 meters long, the competition was OCC, UCI, USD, Chapman, and Humboldt State. Some tough crews to say the least.

About 1k into the race and an open water lead for the women.

The Long Beach girls jumped out to first place within the first 250 meters of the race. Followed closely by UCI and OCC. Chapman had an equipment malfunction and actually stopped rowing for a brief moment. Unfortunately, they were beyond the breakage point of restarting the race, so they picked it back up and did what they could to finish the race. By the 1000 meter mark Long Beach had open water on UCI and now Humboldt St. in 3rd. The entire women’s team plus a few from the men’s team and some parents and fans were all cheering from the docks at OCC and on the 2nd floor balcony of their boathouse, trying to give the girls in the boat some extra energy. But these girls did not need it today, with 500 meters to go they opened up even more water and keep widening the gap of victory all the way to the finish. They rowed well together and made it look effortless, or at least did so for the few hundred meters I saw them for in the body of the race. It was an undisputed victory for the women’s V4+ on Saturday, holding the lead from start to finish.

Women’s Novice 8 in the last 1k of the race

The women also sent out novice and varsity 8+’s. The Varsity 8 was technically a composite boat meaning that it was mixed varsity and novice, mostly varsity though. The 8’s rowed their hearts out but came up short this weekend against some stellar competition. The positive is that they have something to build off of now. We’re looking forward to seeing what these girls can do in a few weeks at San Diego Crew Classic, that’s for sure. Until then, its back to training hard on the daily.

Row Beach!

 

Strong Outings from Competitors too much for LBS Rowing at Newport Regatta

Wednesday, 15. March 2017

 

Photo and video by Faii Athiprayoon

By Sean McCrea

Men’s Varsity Rower.

The 52nd annual Newport Regatta had a similar feel to the Newport Chase that was fogged out back in the fall. A 30 minute delay was announced some time before the first race. Fortunately the fog cleared up and all races took place as planed with only a minor delay. Conditions were more than exceptional for racing on this day.

The novice were up first in the Men’s Novice 8+ event. The novices put down a good effort but it wasn’t enough as they placed 6th of 7 with a time of 7:08. Orange Coast College won with a 6:06, followed by Irvine and Santa Barbara both in the 6:30’s. USC, UCLA, and SDSU were the other competitors.

Next up were the varsity lightweights representing LB in the Men’s Varsity 4+ event. They fought hard and finished 5th of 7 with a time of 7:34. Defending WIRA MV4+ gold medal winner LMU took down this race with a solid 6:58 as they look to build on their success from last season.

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Click the link for video of the 8’s. LBS V8+ in the furthest lane.

Finally the Men’s Varsity 8+ event was up to round out the day. After a shaky start, the men hit their stride for a good portion of the race. Hit a few more rough patches before the final sprint and ended up getting 7th of 7 with a time of 6:31. USD beat out OCC by 1 second with blazing fast times of 5:55 and 5:56. UCI edged out UCSB for 3rd by three tenths of a second, the crews finished with times of 5:59.47 and 5:59.77. SDSU and UCLA came in 5th and 6th place respectively with times in the 6:15 range.

The novice and varsity crews for Long Beach are getting faster by the day and it is showing in the times we are putting out in practice and during Regattas. We will have to continue to work hard everyday to make progress as we prepare for San Diego Crew Classic in the beginning of April. ROW BEACH!