California State University, Long Beach

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!

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 Row2k.com, 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.”