California State University, Long Beach

CSULB Partners with Livestream’s Rowing Channel

Thursday, 24. April 2014

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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 http://beachcrew.org/live

Beach Starts Season with Two Wins

Tuesday, 11. March 2014

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By: Ariana Gastelum
Women’s Varsity Member
Contributing Writer

Despite the strong winds and sporadic rainfall, the Long Beach State Rowing Team’s (Beach Crew) men’s varsity four and women’s novice eight finished first in their 2,000-meter race during the 2014 Southern California Opening Day Regatta at the Marine Stadium in Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday, March 1.

The men’s varsity four, which consisted of Grey Mouser, Jacob Bledsoe, Jake Skoll, Patrick Tilley and coxswain Kaitlyn Gold finished with a time of six minutes and 53 seconds, beating University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) B Boat and Arizona State University (ASU).

Gold is now the new coxswain for the men’s varsity four after the previous coxswain, Bryan Pulling, became ineligible as of this season.

“It’s still kind of new to me,” she said. “They want to win every time. That’s what helps. When I say something, they do it.”

Gold began rowing for the women’s team fall of 2011, and started coxing fall of 2013. She noted that rowing gave her a background on how to cox, but most of her learning came from women’s varsity coxswain Lauren Felske.

“Lauren told me, ‘You need to do what you need to do, and they will follow you,’” Gold said. “As long as I stay cool and calm, they can focus…I completely underestimated being a coxswain. And I always tell Lauren, ‘I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without you.’”

Men’s varsity coach Rob Edwards hopes to get the men’s varsity eight boat up to their highest potential speed. They finished third in their race with a time of six minutes and 23.6 seconds behind San Diego State University and University of California Los Angeles.

“They need to push themselves a little bit more during practice,” he said. “They need to take the opportunity…We can teach technique all we want, but if they are not pushing themselves physically to become better, it’s never going to happen.”

The women’s novice eight finished their race with a time of seven minutes and 35.3 seconds, beating University of California San Diego and UCSB B and C boats.

Women’s coach Ian Simpson said he did not know what to expect from the team before the race. “Having new people coming in meant having everyone help get the new people to learn how to row, and so we weren’t able to really focus on training hard to prepare for the race,” he said.

One very new novice, Alexandra Savage, raced in the novice eight and four. She joined the team just three weeks ago. The four, which consisted of Savage, Hayley Schum, Monica Wasynczuk, Cecilia Guererro and coxswain Sheila Robles, finished with a time of eight minutes and 54.8 seconds. They won third behind UCSB and ASU.

The women’s team needs to strengthen themselves mentally, according to Simpson. “[They’ve] got to be feisty, aggressive,” he said. “[They] are much smaller than many teams [they] are going to be racing against. But [they] are not small enough to be lightweights. [They] have to row longer strokes. [They] have to make the most of every practice.”

The next race the team will compete in will be the Berg Cup, hosted by Orange Coast College in Newport Beach, Calif. on Saturday, March 23. For more information, visit beachcrew.org.

The official results are at row2k.com

Long Beach State Hosts 2014 SoCal Opening Day Regatta

Saturday, 22. February 2014

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It’s the weekend all of you have been waiting for! Don’t miss this weekend’s big events when Long Beach State will host the 2014 Southern California Opening Day Regatta, followed by the Beach Crew Alumni Association’s (BCA) monthly Saturday Row. A total of nine teams will descend on Long Beach for the 2k meter course:

  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Irvine
  • Arizona State
  • San Diego State
  • Chapman University
  • Orange Coast College
  • University of Southern California

Racing begins at 7:30 AM with the last race scheduled for 12:30PM. Alumni boats will leave the dock once all races have commenced.

Official regatta information can be found at Beach Crew’s regatta page.

WATCH THE EVENT LIVE AT BEACHCREW.ORG/LIVE