Men’s Crew San Diego Crew Classic 2024

The Men's Crew right after their first race.

Men’s Crew San Diego Crew Classic 2024

Our Men’s Crew varsity 8+ competed in two 2,000-meter races at the San Diego Crew Classic. The first race was on Saturday, where they went up against UCLA, Gonzaga, and USC in the third heat of the Men’s Collegiate Varsity 8+ Active Fit Now™ Cal Cup. Beach Crew was put in lane 4. Conditions were ideal, with flat and gorgeous blue water. When describing the start of the race, first-year rower Alexis Larios stated, “The adrenaline surged through our veins as we waited for the race to start. As we took our first stroke in our race, the boat felt charged with anticipation.” They had some clean and strong catches at the start of the race and stayed next to USC for the first few hundred meters. Other boats pulled away as the race progressed, with UCLA and Gonzaga competing for first place. USC later got ahead and entered the third place position. We finished 4th with a time of 7:01, about 20 seconds behind USC. UCLA won that heat with a time of 6:14.054.

On Sunday, our varsity men raced in the B Final against 7 other crews, including UC Davis, UCI, UCSB, USC, LMU SDSU, and Sacramento State. Our men’s 8+ boat was located in land 6 for this race. At the start of the race, Beach Crew stayed strong with their bow on LMU’s stern but did not catch up to them. Our crew finished 6th with a time of 7:13.802, more than 10 seconds ahead of SDSU. UC Davis finished first in that race with a time of 6:42.611. When asked about his experience at the San Diego Crew Classic, Alexis Larios stated, “San Diego was an experience of a lifetime. With rowers and boats as far as the eye can see. The Crew Classic isn’t just about medals; it’s about shared passion, resilience, and the rhythm of teamwork.”

The Men's Crew right after their first race.

The Men’s Crew right after their first race.

Beach Crew returning with their boat.

Beach Crew returning with their boat.