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.
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
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.