California State University, Long Beach

Men’s Crew Spring Updates – USC Gruenberg Cup Race

Thursday, 18. April 2019

On Sunday, March 3rd, Men’s crew, along with novices recruited this season, drove to the Port of LA for the Gruenberg Cup Race. Hosted annually by USC Men’s Rowing, the nearly straight course provided predictable water conditions for the sprint events.

Beach Crew gathered by the LA water to compete against familiar competitors: USC and SDSU. The event consisted of three total heats: Mixed 8 at 8:00am, Novice 4+ at 9:00am, and Varsity 4+ at 9:20am.. Two LBSU Novice 8’s raced in the first event, the first coming in 4th overall and the second coming in 7th. In the second race, four Novice 4’s competed. LBSU 1N4+ came in 2nd overall with a time of 8:10.5, 16 seconds behind USC’s novices. LBSU 2N4+ followed after, claiming 4th place, while LBSU 3N4+ finished in 6th. With 1st place just within reach for the A boat, the novices were left hungry for more, and the rest remain eager to climb the ranks this season.

The final race sent Beach Crew’s varsity four out on the water, taking 3rd place in their race. Moving forward, varsity continues to put their best effort out on the water, making strides and changes to find rhythm and connection together.

Above: Getting on point! Views from the bow in the Varisty 4+. Captured by second-year coxswain Phoebe Evans.

On the water, the forecasted cloudy weather ensured that the Beach crew’s newest coxswains had the perfect opportunity to learn more about the 2k season and the skills involved. Off the water and by the trailers, the rowers kept busy during downtime in between races. This became the time to discuss and compare the spring season and fall season.

“I expected spring races to be a lot easier than fall races”, Blake Koford, a fall recruit, commented, “…they are much shorter but the intensity required for a 2k makes it much harder than fall races”. Koford rowed two seat in the Novice 8.

For more information and ClockCaster results visit: https://clockcaster.com/e/9

Above: Gruenberg Cup race results

Check back soon for more updates on the team progression this spring!

Thank you to USC crew for hosting once again, see you out on the water soon.