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Beach Crew Medals at WIRA Championships

In an amazing change of events near the end of the season, Long Beach State managed to fight off opponents in the Men’s Novice 4+, Men’s Lightweight Varsity 4+, Men’s Pair (2-), Women’s Lightweight Novice 4+, and the Women’s Lightweight Varsity 4+, making their way into WIRA’s grand finals last weekend.

The Men’s Novice 4+ faced off Lewis & Clark, Puget Sound, Western Washington Univ., Orange Coast College, Loyola Marymount, and finished sixth.

The Men’s Lightweight Varsity 4+ faced off Cal Berkeley, Loyola Marymount, Sonoma State, Pacific Lutheran, UC Santa Barbara, Washington State, and placed fifth with a finish time of 7:13.7.

The Men’s Pair (2-) faced off Loyola Marymount, Cal Berkeley, Sacramento State, Washington State, Humboldt State, and placed sixth.

The Women’s Lightweight Novice 4+ faced off Cal Berkeley, Puget Sound, UC Irvine, Humboldt State, UC Santa Barbara, Seattle Pacific, and placed fifth with a finish time of 8:35.5.

The Women’s Lightweight Varsity 4+ faced off Cal Berkeley, Western Washington Univ., UC Irvine, Willamette, Humboldt State, Pacific Lutheran, and placed third taking the bronze medal with a time of 8:14.7.

The weather was very wet all weekend but manageable to row without compromise (no wind!). Many of our fans drove up to Sacramento to see us cross the finish line showing their Beach Pride. Now that’s definitely bleeding black and gold!

Beach Crew would like to thank the Platt/Klass family for hosting the team dinner at their home Friday night. Other thanks go out to the Flietstra, Del Heirro, Lansberg, Peterson, and Ramos families for the wonderful hospitality at the Beach Crew tent. We also want to thank all the fans that came up to watch us.

We’re fighting to end the year on a good note. The team leaves for Oak Ridge, TN, early Thursday morning, May 21, to compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association’s Championship Regatta.