California State University, Long Beach

A Good Weekend of Racing for the Women’s Team

Friday, 20. November 2015

Photo by Diana Mejia

Photo by Diana Mejia

Written Nov.1

By Ian Simpson

Women’s Head Coach

A good weekend of racing for the women’s team

The varsity squad had two days of racing, 850m sprints on Saturday and 4200m head races on Sunday. The format of the weekend’s races allowed us to try different combinations of rowers to see how they match up together, to gather information to assess what worked well and what we need to improve upon in training. We achieved so much more in these two days than we would have in two weeks of regular practices, where half the practice is conducted in the dark and the students need to rush away afterwards.

The varsity group had four sprint races on Saturday; there were no other women’s varsity teams, so we faced off against our own novice men and novices from the UCLA and USC men’s teams. Various combinations of the women’s eight performed well against the men, proving faster than USC and UCLA (who have been rowing for less than one month) and falling half a length short of the Long Beach men who look to have a strong team developing this year. In each of its four races, the women’s eight made significant improvement in the way they rowed technically and in the way they approached their races.

The varsity group raced the head races on Sunday; again with only men’s teams for competition. Using information from the previous day’s racing, the reshuffled eight had its best race of the weekend, rowing with consistency, long strokes and good rhythm for the entirety of the 4200m time trial.

After the eight we raced two fours and a pair. The pair and one of the fours hot-seated from out of the eight and immediately went back to the start to do the time trial again.

Against their respective world’s best times, the winning four was overall (men’s and women’s combined) the second fastest crew of the day, sandwiched between the two UCLA men’s varsity eights. The women’s eight was 4th overall, the pair 7th and the second four was 9th out of the 18 college boats that participated in the head races.

This was an invaluable weekend for the varsity women. Many lessons were learned, they rowed a lot of races and got in a lot of miles.

In Saturday’s sprints Long Beach had one novice eight competing against novices from Chapman, UC Irvine (3 eights) and Orange Coast College (2 eights). The novices had five races which gave us the opportunity to switch rowers around so that everyone got to race several times. Our novices are a little more advanced in their training than most of the other boats, several of whom were still at the rowing-by-sixes stage. The top OCC boat did race by all eight and was a good match up for the Long Beach crew, with Irvine’s sixes not too far behind. As always, the novice eights racing is sure to be fast and furious in the spring.

The novice women had a great time racing and all of them would have liked to have raced again on Sunday.

Everyone is looking forward to our next race in San Diego

Thank you to the alums who made this weekend of racing possible, and to the friends and relatives who came out to support the team this weekend. We hope to see you all in San Diego in two weeks.

Next up: San Diego Fall Classic, Sunday November 15th.

2015 Naples Island College Regattas

Thursday, 29. October 2015

NICRC2015packetIt’s that time again for Long Beach State’s annual regatta, the Naples Island College Head Race and the Novice Sprints, sponsored by The Queen Mary, the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and The Boathouse on the Bay restaurant. Join us this weekend as several Southern California teams go head to head around the 4200m course around Naples Island. Race times begin 8:00AM on Saturday and Sunday.

Regatta T-Shirts will be sold at the “5S” building on the beach side of Marine Stadium for $10.00.

The Seal Beach Lions Club is hosting breakfast at the Long Beach State Boathouse Saturday morning 9:00AM-12:00PM for a $5 donation.

More information about this weekend’s festivities can be found at or by clicking on the packet cover on the left.

trcFor those of you unable to join us, TRC is broadcasting the head race event on Sunday starting at 6:00AM, hosted by our very own Dave Straley. Watch it at

boathouse-logo Members of the Beach Crew Alumni Association are invited to attend a gathering at The Boathouse on the Bay restaurant for free appetizers and no-host bar. If you will be attending, please send confirmation to Ken Glenn with a head count.

See you there!

Daily 49er: Marathons in mind

Sunday, 2. November 2014

Amy Patton, Contributing Writer

President Jane Close Conoley attends the Naples Island collegiate rowing meet on Sunday. This was the first home meet for the fall season.

President Jane Close Conoley attends the Naples Island collegiate rowing meet on Sunday. This was the first home meet for the fall season.

Cal State University Long Beach club rowing team, Beach Crew, gauged its skill levels against other schools at the first home meet of the fall season at Naples Island over the weekend.

The women’s varsity-eight team came in third place, at 16 minutes, 50 seconds. University of California, Santa Barbara and Orange Coast College came in just ahead of them.

The men’s varsity-eight team came in fifth place at 14 minutes, 39 seconds. University California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California came in behind them.

President Jane Close Conoley attended the meet to show her support of CSULB’s club sports.

“I love seeing our student athletes,” Conoley said. “I love to find things that we have a stellar history in and highlighting it.”

CSULB’s rowing team is the oldest, “continuously operating collegiate sport,” said Kenneth Glenn, the President of the Board of Directors for Beach Crew Alumni Association. The rowing team has been active since 1956.

Glenn said CSULB rowers have a history of being cyclical in their success. Beach Crew rowers have been ranked top ten nationally before, and have been in the lowest 25 percent. Glenn said the team has been on the rise for the past few years.

“I see good things for this season,” Glenn said. “We’re doing better than last year, and last year did better than the year before that.”

Competitive meets do not begin until spring for CSULB’s rowing club team. Fall races are staggered endurance-based races and are 4,200 meters long, whereas spring competitions are side-by-side sprints for 2000 meters.

Rowing teams’ times at the fall meets factor in to which lane, or “seed,” teams are assigned at the San Diego Crew classic race and the Western Championships in Sacramento in April and May, respectively.

“It is always good to have as low a seed as possible because these are somewhat unfair courses,” Simpson said.

Gastelum explained that the higher the lane number, the closer to the ocean and the worse currents and wind conditions become.

President Conoley with the Varsity Men's team.

President Conoley with the Varsity Men’s team.

This weekend’s meet comprised of head meets, which means each team’s boat is staggered by 10 seconds. Rowers are competing against the clock instead of each other.

Gastelum said this way, if one team passed a boat that is ahead, that team’s time is automatically the faster time. She said the CSULB varsity women’s team was able to pass UCI.

She also said that Beach Crew is using the fall season to focus on technique. Gastelum said during spring, rowers focus on power and how to use already perfected techniques in order to have more power.

Trevor Peach, a varsity rower and junior business-marketing student, said the fall meets are crucial to learning where and how to improve.

“We have to focus on everything… technique, handle heights, set, timing, posture…” Peach said.

Simpson said fall meets are particularly beneficial for novice teams, or beginners, because it is “their first opportunity to actually row in the ocean against other rowers.”

“This weekend’s meet was good because it showed us where we are and how we need to improve,” Larice Pelzer, a novice rower and freshman international business major, said.

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