California State University, Long Beach

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

 

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!