California State University, Long Beach

Miscalculations at Chapman Regatta Cause Controversy

Wednesday, 15. April 2015

The varsity eight race at the Chapman Regatta was so close, Long Beach State University, University of California Santa Barbara and Orange Coast College have mixed thoughts about the end result.

The varsity eight race at the Chapman Regatta was so close, Long Beach State University, University of California Santa Barbara and Orange Coast College have mixed thoughts about the end result.

Photo by Stefano Balbusso


By Ariana Gastelum

Publicity Manager

Varsity Rower

Everyone can agree that the women’s varsity eight race at the Chapman Regatta on April 12 was a brutal battle all the way down the 2,000-meter course, but teams differ in opinions when it comes down to the end result.

According to, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) finished first with a time of 6 minutes and 54 seconds. Orange Coast College (OCC) ended second at 6 minutes and 56.3 seconds followed by Long Beach State University (LBSU) .16 seconds later.

However, every athlete in the LBSU boat believes they finished second, before OCC and only about half a seat away from UCSB. Immediately after the results were posted, conflict arose.

According to coxswain Sarah Dresser, her seat was aligned with OCC’s 2-seat at the 250-meter mark. Though they eventually gained more seats, they never officially caught up with LBSU.

Before the last approximate 10 strokes of the race, Dresser remembers her seat aligned with UCSB’s coxswain.

“We weren’t in front of them, but we got even with them,” she said “In the end, they pulled ahead, and they crossed the finish line before us.”

UCSB raced in lane two with OCC on port side and LBSU on starboard side. A private message from UCSB’s Rowing Facebook page noted their varsity coxswain’s perspective.

“She says that [LBSU] took second over OCC and that our head coach, Mike Homes, has been in contact with other coaches about this matter as well,” it explained.

Without video footage of the race’s finish, we may never know what really happened in that race at the Chapman Regatta. However, LBSU’s women are utilizing these mixed results as fuel to correct it all at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association next weekend.


UPDATE 4-16-15 at 3:00pm

UCSB’s varsity coxswain noted to her coach:

“I was sitting on the Long Beach 6-seat at the finish. They beat OCC.  We were up on OCC by four to five seats the whole race, but I looked at [LBSU] at the finish because OCC was at least four seats behind us.”

CSULB Partners with Livestream’s Rowing Channel

Thursday, 24. April 2014


In a massive effort by Southern California colleges and the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA), CSU Long Beach has joined the efforts of The Rowing Channel (TRC) consortium to bring live webcasts of major regattas to our ever-growing community of alums, their families, and our community. Other SoCal institutions include Orange Coast College, who had a widely popular webcast of the 2014 Newport Regatta. CSULB will add the Southern California Opening Day Regatta and the new Naples Island Collegiate Challenge to the lineup of annual events. In addition, regional events such as the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (WIRA) and the annual national championships of the ACRA will be the flagship events of the channel.

It is the goal of the consortium to pool together resources, establish best practice, and obtain the proper manpower to make this operation possible.

TRC is operated by Netrendity Network Services, a provider of infrastructure consulting.

You can find The Beach on TRC at

Berg Cup/Newport Regatta Weekend

Sunday, 24. March 2013


NEWPORT BEACH — The 48th Annual Newport Regatta took place over calm, overcast conditions inside the Newport Harbor on Sunday, with UC Santa Barbara Gauchos edging out the host Pirates for the overall regatta title.

The Pirates and Gauchos each finished with 25 overall points in the eight-race regatta. But, it was UCSB which won the Varsity 8 race which determined the overall winner and Palmer Cup champion.

The 49ers did more than hold their own against some of the best four-year rowing schools in California, taking the Women’s Varsity 4+ event in the Berg Cup at (7:47.7), trailed by Orange Coast (8:09), Loyola Marymount (8:11.4), and Chapman University (8:52.1).

The 49ers will return to the waters and compte at the Crew Classic in San Diego on April 6-7.