California State University, Long Beach

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. Race day information will follow in the coming weeks.


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

Beach Starts Season with Two Wins

Tuesday, 11. March 2014


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

The official results are at