California State University, Long Beach

WIRA 2011: Round-up

Monday, 2. May 2011

The Beach is wrapping up the 2011 spring racing season this month. The 2011 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assoc. Championship regatta was a challenge, yet rewarding event for all the athletes. 17 MPH winds (30 MPH gusts) brushed through the course on Friday and during heats on Saturday with chilling weather in the low 40′s. Here are the highlights.

The Men’s Varsity 4+ finished 6th in the petite final for a 12th place on the west coast ranking. The Men’s Pair got 3rd in their petites for a 9th place west coast ranking. Both the Women’s Varsity and Novice 4+ finished 1st in their petite finals for a 7th place west coast ranking.

The Women’s Lightweight 4+ was in the grand final on Sunday morning placing 6th in the conference.

See the results at

This Weekend: WIRA Championships

Wednesday, 27. April 2011

It’s that time again to head to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center (SSAC) for the 2011 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. The event is this weekend, Saturday & Sunday (April 30-May 1).

The Beach is starting to taper for the big event.  The WIRA Championship is the West Coast Championship regatta for non-PAC-10 schools.  SSAC is a great race course along the American River with terrific viewing, and is located 20 minutes east of Sacramento on US 50, near the town of Folsom. The team will travel to SSAC on Friday morning, and get a practice row on the course in the afternoon.

We have 7 boats entered in the competition: MN8+, MV4+, M2-, WV4+, WL4+, WN4+, WNL4+


Spectators: For those planning on attending, the best viewing is at the finish area in the Nimbus Dam Recreation Area, off Hazel Avenue and US 50.

Driving time is about 7 hours from Long Beach, or you can fly to Sacramento and rent a car for the 40 min drive to SSAC. There are several great bike paths along the American River, so bicycles are a good option if you can bring them.

There is an admission charge to get into the viewing area, which is a State Park. There is also parking available in a lot a few blocks away with a free shuttle to take you to the viewing area. Admission charges are usually included in the parking fee.


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Beach Crew would like to thank BCA and the CSULB Foundation for getting the new site layout ready for this weekend.



See the course map and venue information at the WIRA website and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

The Beach Takes Home the Gold at WIRA

Sunday, 2. May 2010

Long Beach State Crew took home the gold medals for the Women’s Lightweight (LW) 4+ and bronze medals for the Women’s Lightweight (LW) 8+, in the 2010 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s Regional Championships (WIRA). The LW 8+ grand final took place Saturday afternoon in a race against Stanford University in the lead followed by Willamette. UC San Diego and Washington State trailed behind Long Beach State. The Beach finished with 7:56.

The grand finals continued Sunday morning with the LW 4+ taking an amazing win for the gold by a whole boat length and a half at 8:19.7 against Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Willamette, Cal Berkeley, and Seattle University.

Our hats go off to the incredible coaches of these ladies, Daniel Harris and Victoria Draper. These top boats are likely on their way to the American Collegiate Rowing National Championships in Oklahoma City later this month.

Other top boats included the Women’s Novice 4+ and the Men’s Lightweight (LW) 4+, finishing sixth and fifth, respectively, in the western region.

It was an incredible weekend. We couldn’t ask for better weather, clear skies in the mid 70′s, with comparable winds. Many of our fans drove up to Sacramento to see us cross the finish line to show their Beach Pride. That’s definitely bleeding black and gold! We want to especially thank many Beach Crew parents that provided their generous hospitality for the team and staff: the Peterson Family, the Ramos Family, and the Jena Family. We also want to thank crew dad, John King, for all of his incredible photography. All of you make the experience a reality for our athletes.

Event Link: Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association