By Marissa Long
This year at the annual Pancake Regatta hosted by Long Beach State University and the Beach Crew Alumni Association, the women’s team raced in both the varsity head race and the novice sprints in a mixed eight of both varsity and novice rowers. The Pancake Regatta consisted of seven colleges which included the University of California Los Angeles, the University of California Irvine, Orange Coast College, Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Long Beach State University.
In the head race, which started in the Marine Stadium and looped around Naples Island, our women’s crew finished in nineteen minutes and three point three seconds. Between the head race and the sprints, the women got a short break to rehydrate and prepare for the next races. They raced three times in the novice sprints down the Marine Stadium. In the first and second races, the Long Beach women’s crew won first place. In the last race, our women’s crew placed second behind Orange Coast women’s crew.
It was a busy day for the women’s team, but overall, a rewarding experience. The women’s head coach Katrin stated to the team, “You looked great out there.”