California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach Pulls Negative Splits at So Cal Opening Day

Saturday, 14. March 2015

The women’s varsity four, comprised of Lucie Webb, Destanie Brush, Jayne Goodwin, Sydney Abad and coxswain Silbia Ochoa, placed second in the grand finals at the 2015 Southern California Opening Day Regatta.

 All photos by Stefano Balbusso


By Ariana Gastelum

Publicity Manager

Varsity Rower

Three boats from Long Beach State Rowing women’s team qualified for finals at the 2015 Southern California Opening Day Regatta on March 9 at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California.

All teams except the women’s novice eight had to race in a time trial, a 2,000-meter head race, before competing in the finals or petite finals that took place later that day.

The women’s varsity four, which consisted of Lucie Webb, Destanie Brush, Jayne Goodwin, Sydney Abad and coxswain Silbia Ochoa, came in second at finals with a time of 8 minutes and 32 seconds, 20 seconds faster than their performance in the time trial. University of California San Diego (UCSD) finished four seconds before. University of California Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) B and A boat followed.

The varsity eight placed fourth in grand finals with a time of 7 minutes and 29 seconds, six seconds after OCC and UCSD. UCSB finished first at 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Varsity also placed fourth during the time trials, one second before UCSD’s B boat, and UCSB’s B boat.


Women’s varsity 8+: Coxswain Sarah Dresser, Kelsey Davis, Penelope Gallardo, Maria Guardiola, Sam McFeely, Alexandra Savage, Rikki Oden, Ariana Gastelum and Cecilia Guerrero


The women’s novice eight finished fourth with a time of 8 minutes and 6.8 seconds, after OCC, UCSD, and UCSB’s A boat. This was their first 2,000-meter race ever.

“It’s kind of hard to know exactly what to expect because they are so new to it in the fall,” novice coach Megan Smith said. “I was very happy with the way they prepared. They also stayed really positive after the race even though they came in fourth. A lot of people could be really disheartened by that, but they were all really excited.”

Smith wants the novice team to build strength and rid their expectations on how much they can achieve, so they can accomplish higher results from themselves and as a team.

“My goal for the team is to teach them to row well and make them feel like they have learned a lot from the beginning to the end because then, I think, they’ll stick with it,” Smith said.

The following Tuesday, Smith had the whole women’s team observe the 2013 World Championships after practice. She wanted to show them how to have direct catches in the water, minimal wasted energy and control during the recovery of a stroke.

“We are going to win by rowing the best, and the best rowers don’t miss any water,” she said. “That is the most efficient – to put your blade in quickly at full compression.”

The men’s varsity eight finished fourth in the petite finals with a time of 6 minutes and 43 seconds, after San Diego State University, University of Southern California (USC) and Loyola Marymount University. Their second heat was nine seconds faster than the time trial.

“We moved the boat better at So Cal than we did at Gruenberg Cup,” varsity rower Patrick Tilley said. “Right now, we’re just really working on trying to get the boat up to speed as fast as we can and then maintaining that…We just got [Brad McCormick] back from being sick, and we are finally having a set lineup that has power and workable technique that will be able to move the boat.”


Men’s varsity 8+: Coxswain Eric Oates, Jake Skoll, Patrick Tilley, Tyler Miguel, Jacob Bledsoe, Brad McCormick, Trevor Peaches, Jake Muñoz and Ryan Woolner


The men’s novice eight A boat finished seventh in their heat with a time of 7 minutes and 19 seconds, 15 seconds behind USC’s A boat. This is a 52 second improvement from their last race at Gruenberg Cup.

“When I met them after their race, before the results came in, I asked them how they felt about it,” novice coach Jonathan Flietstra said. “I told them no matter what the time results were, this was a successful race.”

Flietstra also said he wants to see individual improvement, so he’s been tracking their individual progress and displaying in on graphs.

“As individuals improve, naturally, the team improves,” he added. “I think we learn the most when we are uncomfortable. For example, last week one of the boats was getting very comfortable with rowing on the feather…I even saw some smiles…I immediately changed it up and told them to row on the square. [The goal is] to be uncomfortable…content, but never satisfied.”

For official results, visit Row2k.

Shells to be Dedicated to John D. Boyle & Joan Lind Van Blom

Saturday, 31. January 2015


After a successful annual membership drive last fall, the Beach Crew Alumni Association is proud to announce the dedication of two racing shells being introduced in the spring racing season. We are honored to have the Women’s Resolute 8+ shell dedicated to our 49er Hall of Fame recipient, Joan (Lind) Van Blom. The Men’s golden Vespoli 8+ shell will be dedicated to a influential and respected alum, John D. Boyle.

Please join us for Dedication Day, Saturday March 7, 2:00 PM, after racing has commenced at the Southern California Opening Day Regatta, right here at the Long Beach State Boathouse. Come hear a special presentation from our guest of honor, CSULB President, Dr. Jane Close Conoley.

Racing starts at 8:00AM with a series of time trials for the sprints later in the morning.


The entire day will be broadcasted thanks to our partnership with TRC. Coverage starts at 7:00AM.

Pete Archer Rowing Center
5750 Boathouse Lane
Long Beach


John Boyle embodied the contrast of rowing’s comfortable intensity. His dedication and loyalty made him an example for his boat mates and team members to follow. Although his time with us was far too short, his influence has continued on. John rowed on the varsity crew from 1984-1986. His boat won the V8+ event at WIRA in 1984 & 1986. He coached the Women’s Novice team from 1989-1991.


Joan (Lind) Van Blom was the first woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States in rowing, taking silver in the single sculls at the 1976 Olympic Games and in the quadruple sculls at the 1984 Olympics. She has not only medaled as a rower, but also medaled internationally as a coach in the Pan American Games, and currently holds 11 world records on the ergometer.

She has been an ambassador for the sport, raising over a million dollars in grants to bring rowing to high school students and teachers. She currently teaches rowing classes on the ergometer to non-rowers at the Pete Archer Boathouse and inspirationally continues to train and compete.

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