Archives for 2009

Christmas Regatta in Pairs

img_1436On December 6th, in the Long Beach Marine Stadium, the USC Men’s Crew rowed to victory once again. All races were highly competitive but the USC Men’s Crew fought off the competition with true Trojan pride. Four Men’s Pairs raced and all four received medals. [Read more…]

Great Racing at the Newport Sprints

racedayresults_occduel_page8-12On December 5, 2009, the USC Men’s Crew traveled to the Orange Coast College boathouse in Newport Beach to compete in a 3-kilometer sprint-style race against OCC and UC Irvine.

Going into the race, the Varsity knew we were in for a battle, having beaten OCC by only a second in a come-from-behind victory at Head of the Harbor three weeks earlier. The race did indeed prove to be challenging, as OCC jumped out to a half-length lead that they maintained for the 3k race, crossing the line roughly 1 length ahead of USC. [Read more…]


Varsity Cheering On the Novice 8+A big sweep for the entire crew! The USC Men’s Crew sweeps the Long Beach Fall Collegiate Invitational on Nov. 21   in the Varsity Open 8+, Varsity Open 4+ and Novice 8+. Beating crews from Loyola Marymount, CSU Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara. This was the first regatta sweep for the team in years. The morning started off with a 4000 meter head race, the Varsity eight led the pack and never looked back, finishing with a time of 13:27, 18 seconds ahead of Loyola Marymount and 64 seconds ahead of CSU Long Beach. [Read more…]

Head of the Harbor



With a spectacular closing effort, the USC Men’s Crew edged out traditional powerhouse Orange Coast College Saturday to claim the Kenneth T. Norris Memorial Cup as this year’s First Place finisher at the Annual Head of the Harbor Regatta in The Port of Los Angeles.

USC began ahead thanks to the staggered start but after the right hand bend in the course the Trojan’s trailed favorite OCC by a boat length throughout most of the 4,000 meter San Pedro course. The boats came abreast of the firehouse where Los Angeles’s Favorite cheered and a crowd of 300 spectators spurred the home team on to victory. With 100 meters left to row and trailing by a half boat length, [Read more…]

Newport Autumn Rowing Festival

img_71321The Trojan Navy took some great strides forward last weekend at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival.   First, we purchased two used Resolute Eights from the University of California, Berkeley. These boats have each won multiple national championships already and will now serve to round out the USC Men’s Crew training fleet.   Then, the Varsity eight placed 2nd of all Clubs (9th overall) beating schools like UCLA, Orange Coast College and University of San Diego, ASU, UCI and UCSD.   [Read more…]

Trojans Battle the Bears during "Weekender"- written by Captain Ryan Hasvold

USC v CalLast weekend, the USC Men’s Crew had the incredible opportunity to practice with the Cal Bears rowing team in the Oakland Estuary. The purpose of the trip was to gain exposure to a national-caliber team in their home environment and to get a feel for the steps we need to take with our own program. This was the first step in what we hope will become a mutually beneficial relationship that will allow both programs to continue traditions of success. We organized the trip to coincide with the USC vs. Cal football game, commonly referred to as “The Weekender.” USC students, alumni, and supporters flooded San Francisco, turning Union Square into a sea of cardinal and gold on Friday night. We, as a team, carried that pride and enthusiasm with us the next morning as we entered the Cal boathouse in full race attire. Mike Teti, former gold-medal Olympic coach and current Cal coach, welcomed us and sent our Varsity and JV boats out on the water to join their 5 full eights. It was extremely eye-opening to compare Cal’s multi-million dollar boathouse, erg room, locker room, and training facility with “The Dirt”—our patch of dirt next to the USC Women’s boathouse. [Read more…]

New Athletes Make the Cut: Welcome to the USC Men's Crew!

Sept. 19th in the Port of LA

Sept. 19th in the Port of LA

Congratulations to the new recruits and welcome back to the Varsity Oarsman!   Early this fall semester, the returning Varsity squad and Coaching Staff put a great deal of effort into recruiting a top-notch group of potential rowers for the 2009-2010 season.   A total of 45+ potential student-athletes came out to compete for a spot on the squad.   After two cycles of try-outs and cuts, consisting of ergometer work, timed Giffith Park runs, and technical work on the water, we have narrowed down our Novice squad to 23 individuals! [Read more…]

2009 Recruitment Night

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The Men’s Crew is looking for a select group of motivated athletes.   If you are competative and want to represent the   University of Southern California in one of it’s most historic organizations, please join us in Heritage Hall this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30PM.   You need no experience to try-out, just a willingness to challenge your physical limits.   On-campus recruits make up a strong part of our squad. This is your oppurtunity to compete against other universities, many of whom, at the Varsity level.   Try-outs begin this Thursday at 5:00PM at the Lyon Center.

Coaching US National Team Training Camp

47b9da29b3127cce985488d9ee5100000055100qyt2bjy5csvCoach Matthew Chapman is currently coaching Elite and Pre-Elite (under-23 year old / collegiate) athletes at the California Rowing Club in Oakland, California for a US National Team Training Camp. He was recently asked to participate as an assistant to Mike Teti and Steve Gladstone, but has been given full responsibility of the camp during the coming weeks.

The camp focuses on developing collegiate athletes who have an interested in pursuing a career on the US National Team Elite squad, which competes in the annual World Cup and World Championship Regattas.

USC Men’s Crew Puts 12 on PAC-10 All-Academic Teams

xm_cs_pac10_conferenceIn an unbelievable demonstration of academic commitment and success, the USC Men’s Crew placed 12 athletes on the PAC-10 All-Academic Teams. Placing six on the First Team, USC made a strong impression alongside academic power Stanford who placed eight athletes.

But the strength of the academic culture on the Men’s Crew didn’t stop there, with five more athletes on the Second Team and one Honorable Mention.

These results are an incredible achievement and an accomplishment to be truly praised by all USC Men’s Crew supporters. [Read more…]