California State University, Long Beach

San Diego Crew Classic 2017

Thursday, 20. April 2017

Photo by Dylan Widjaja

By Sean McCrea

Men’s Varsity Rower

For most of the rowing community across the US, San Diego Crew Classic marks the start of racing season. Many of the mid west and east coast schools have to deal with frozen lakes and rivers during the winter and early spring. The weather restrictions force them to train for months at a time indoors, using the rowing ergometer. So a Regatta in sunny San Diego is a nice way to welcome the new sprint season for those who have been confined to the inside of their respective boathouse since Thanksgiving. For west coast clubs, we have the luxury of being able to row on the water year round. One could argue that we are spoiled, but that’s another story.

This year at SDCC, LBS rowing sent 5 boats between the men and women. The women sent two 8+’s and a 4+. The men sent two 8+’s. Here are the results in the order that their race took place starting with Saturday morning.

Photo by Dylan Widjaja Men’s V8+

Photo by Dylan Widjaja Women’s Open 8+







Men’s Varsity 8+ finished with a 6:59.3 and was 5th of 5 in their heat

Women’s Varsity 8+ finished with an 8:18.9 and got 7th of 7 in their heat

Men’s Novice 8+ finished with a 7:04.3 and got 5th of 5 in their heat

Women’s Open 8+ finished with a 7:18.7 and got 4th of 7

Men’s Varsity 8+ finished with a 6:58.9 and got 6th of 7 in 3rd Finals

Photo from Women’s V4+

Photo by
Men’s Novice 8+




Women’s Varsity 8+ finished with an 8:28.8 and got 6th of 6 in Petite Finals

Women’s Varsity 4+ finished with a 7:53.8 and got 3rd of 8 in Grand Finals


LBS Rowing now sets it’s sights on WIRA which will be held at Lake Natoma in Sacramento in the end of April.



San Diego Crew Classic “The Racing Season Starts Here”

Wednesday, 30. March 2016


Join us this weekend as Long Beach State competes with many crews from around the nation at the 43nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. Racing is up to eight lanes across Mission Bay, with heats beginning on Saturday, and finals on Sunday morning. Beach has entered into the following events:

– Womens Collegiate DII-DIII-Club Varsity (8+)
– Womens Collegiate DII-DIII-Club Novice (8+)
– Mens Collegiate Varsity American Specialty Health Cup (8+)
– Mens Collegiate Novice Derek Guelker Memorial Cup (8+)

The Beach Crew Alumni Association will be on Tent Row near the south entrance. Friends and parents are welcome to stop by. Look for the 10-foot black and gold “BEACH Rowing” wind flags.

If you cannot join us in person, Crew Classic offers excellent video coverage of all races, with camera boats following the race as well as aerial shots from a huge tower. Look for it at USRowing’s YouTube account.

Live Video:

More information about the venue is at

Long Beach Places Third at Grand Finals in Two Events at Crew Classic

Saturday, 4. April 2015


Varsity 8 (left to right): Kelsey Davis, Penelope Gallardo, Maria Guardiola, Sam McFeely, Sarah Dresser, Alexandra Savage, Rikki Oden, Ariana Gastelum and Cecilia Guerrero

By Ariana Gastelum

Publicity Manager

Varsity Rower

By milliseconds, the Long Beach State varsity and novice women both came in third place in the grand finals at San Diego Crew Classic on March 29.

The varsity eight finished the 2,000-meter race after University of California Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) A-boat and Orange Coast College (OCC) with a time of 7 minutes and 22.61 seconds, about .6 seconds before Lewis and Clark College and 3 seconds before University of California Davis’ (UCD) A-boat. UCSB’s B-boat, University of California Irvine’s (UCI) A-boat and Mills College’s A-boat followed.

In fact, the competition was so close that just after the women crossed the finish line, varsity rower Cecilia Guerrero, bow seat, had to announce to the rest of the boat that they had finished before Lewis and Clark College.

During the pre-finals on Saturday, the varsity team finished second in 7 minutes and 19 seconds, 10 seconds after UCSB’s A-boat and 4 seconds before Lewis and Clark College’s A-boat.

“Although the final was a far tougher race, the varsity maintained their composure and responded admirably when challenged by Lewis and Clark in the final run-in to the line,” varsity coach Ian Simpson said. “Despite never really having been in this position in a major final before, this crew was determined to repeat the feeling they had of doing well that they had the previous day and would not let Lewis and Clark, or any crew, get past them.”


The women’s novice eight finished third in the grand finals with a time of 7 minutes and 48.9 seconds. Orange Coast College’s B-boat and University of California Berkeley Lightweight’s A-boat finished less than a second after.

Since there was no pre-finals competition for the novice women’s eight, they only raced on Sunday. They finished after OCC’s A-boat and UCD’s A-boat in 7 minutes and 48.9 seconds, .4 seconds before OCC’s B-boat and .9 seconds before University of California Berkeley’s Lightweight A-boat.

“I think they showed a lot of fighting spirit at Crew Classic,” novice coach Megan Smith said. “They could have gotten distracted. I think at one point, they were back in fifth place in the race, and then they sprinted back and got third place by a nose. A lot of fighting spirit and a lot of determination…That was probably one of the best things I saw.”


Novice men: Coxswain Megan Beretta, Sean Mccrea, Dylan Widjaja, Wendel Kuhn, Chris Ehling, Joshuah Gagan, Kingly Kong, Justin Kayne and Gabriel Jordan

The men’s novice eight finished fifth in their heat with a time of 7 minutes and 36 seconds, four seconds after Sacramento State University. UC Berkeley, University of Notre Dame and UCI were also part of the competition.

Novice coach Jonathan Flietstra wanted the team to focus on core strengthening and high-rate pieces during spring break.

“We can start throwing in some higher rate stuff starting next week and not get winded,” he noted. “[We are] trying to do long workouts, 40-60 minutes at moderate level to keep the [the] heart rate going.”

The women’s varsity and novice team practiced twice a day, which is approximately 20 hours in one week. The varsity team mainly focused on quick catches, while the novice focused on lengthening through the hips.

“At San Diego, I think partially because of the windy conditions, but our drive seemed very up and down,” Smith explained. “[They were] a little bit more vertical with the weight coming up off the seat and then coming down at the finish, which puts a lot of the energy down onto the water as opposed to moving the energy across the water. So, I really wanted to work on that horizontal drive, and part of that comes with when we get the body angle through the hips.”

One of the team goals the varsity team has is medaling at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta. Simpson said he finds it possible for the women to achieve that goal.

“The performance of the varsity and the novices in San Diego opens up all kinds of possibilities for this team,” he added. “We can begin to imagine, and plan for, a time in the near future when the Long Beach State women will be standing on medal podiums holding trophies aloft. I can’t wait!”


After finishing top three at San Diego Crew Classic, the novice women are focused on trying to make it into grand finals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association.

For official results, visit Row2k

Photos by Trevor Peach