Scrimmage with UCLA and USC 

Long Beach Men’s Crew in the yellow boat racing against UCLA and USC.

Scrimmage with UCLA and USC 

By: Marissa Long

Since the sewer spill in Long Beach, other harbors have been negatively affected and both UCLA and USC have come to Beach Crew’s boathouse and marina to practice. Thankfully the Los Alamitos Bay has stayed within safe ranges to row. With three colleges all in the same boathouse, they took the opportunity to have a friendly scrimmage during the weekend. Light showers and a beautiful rainbow set the stage for the course.

Our men’s eight competed against UCLA and USC, up and down the Marine Stadium. All three boats raced a total of four times with Long Beach winning two races and placing second in the other two. UCLA won one race and USC triumphed in the other. Beach Crew stayed at a steady 28 strokes per minute for one of the races and went up to a 30 rate for the other three. After the races, varsity Coxswain Riley Hobbs stated, “We just have to get more comfortable at the high rates. We were much more composed than usual. It was really nice to be a part of some good competition.” All four finishes were head-to-head, so we will most likely see some heated races this spring season.

A rainbow peeks through the clouds on scrimmage day.

A rainbow peeks through the clouds on scrimmage day.

Long Beach Men’s Crew in the yellow boat racing against UCLA andUSC.

Long Beach Men’s Crew in the yellow boat racing against UCLA and
USC.