Archives for 2011

Newport Autumn Rowing Festival

The Trojan’s competed in their first official race of the season this past weekend at Newport Beach’s Aquatic Center.  The Trojan Novice squad had an impressive finish coming in 5th behind only Cal and OCC’s Top Boats.  Way to start the year Gentlemen!  The varsity competed with a former rower David Lowenstein so as to fill out their Eight for the event and raced extremely well.  Afterward our Varsity Oarsmen hopped straight into a four and went right back to the starting line where they encountered the torrential downpour that created rowing conditions worse than they ever get to see at our wonderful protected San Pedro.  To top it off they had their “waterproof” cox-box die from getting too wet and had to race with no rate, and no coxswain!  They still did their best and raced with Trojan pride.

After the racing ended we led our alumni across the bay to Park Newport to feast on burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and the likes overlooking the bay and watching the last of the events attendees pull out their trailers for the drive home.  All in all, a successful first day of racing despite the conditions and a great way to reinvigorate our athletes for the rest of the fall.

Head of the Harbor

Many have come to know San Pedro as some of the best rowing water in all of California, protected, flat, and miles of it!  However it seems whenever we try to host our 5000 kilometer head race mother nature has other plans.  This last weekend our oarsmen faced huge waves, torrential downpour, and wind that literally picked up and threw our finish line tent forcing us to shorten the length to about 2700 meters!  It mattered little to our Trojans as they rowed on to impressive finishes in all of their events.

In our first event of the day our Novice B boat raced against two Orange Coast, One UCI, and Two UCLA Boats and finished an impressive 3rd behind OCC’s top boats and ahead of both of our rival UCLA’s and UCI’s boats.  Nice Job Gents! The lineup – Cox: Vanessa Pursel, Stroke: Martin Seifrid, 7: Clinton Suh 6: Ryan Delijani, 5: Erick Sanabria, 4: Uzi Chaudhry, 3: Constantine Greanias, 2: Charles Toh, Bow: Kevin Delijani.

The next event we raced was our Novice A boat coming off of an impressive race at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival they lined up against Orange Coast, UCLA, UCSB, UCI, and Long Beach State.  Off the line the expereinced Orange Coast crew jumped into the lead and battled head to head with our Novice Squad for the majority of the race  leaving all other contenders in their wake.  Eventually the experienced crew from Orange Coast prevailed and took the lead in the last 500 meters to win the race.  It was enough to scare the competitors and earn the respect of all the coaches on my launch.  Lineup – Cox: Isabelle Wuilloud, Stroke: Ran Woodfin, 7: Brandin Chang, 6: Carter Crowe, 5: Scott Hunter, 4: Peter Cho, 3: Felipe Saltz, 2: Mark Conrad, Bow: Robin Cho

Finally our Varsity four came up to race against UCLA and UCI, unfortunately OCC and UCSB had to drop out at the last second and did not race.  After an upsetting performance at Newport our varsity came out strong gaining the lead early on and led the whole way back home putting themselves 23 seconds ahead of UCLA with UCI right behind!  Extremely impressive fight gentlemen way to defend out home and show the novices how its done! Lineup – Cox: Megan Pursel, Stroke: Sam Bush-Joseph, 3: Zachary Kobos, 2: Alec Wiggin, Bow: Dan Slutsky.

Showdown at the Shipyard Recap

Hello Friends of the Trojan Navy,

USC Men’s Crew and Alumni would like to extend a big thank you to all of the friends and family of the Trojan Navy. Your support made the first ever Showdown at the Shipyard a great success.

A nice turnout of sixty attendees were treated to a great morning of bagels and coffee followed by some intense racing. The alumni prevailed while competing in three 1000 meter pieces in the first showdown between the alumni and students. All of the matches were highly contested and hard fought. It truly was a successful day of racing.
After the race, guests enjoyed some great BBQ cooked by current oarsman Dan Slutsky, professionally trained at a culinary institute in New York,  and live jazz from The Urban Renewal Project, with Alumni Scott Spongberg on the drums, as we all got to know each other.
Two boat christenings took place as well to honor last year’s coaches, John Taylor and Katie Scott, for their hard work in keeping the team together as we went through a tough transition last year.  The two stepped up and really kept the team alive when all seemed to be lost and wrong.  We can never thank or honor them enough for their selfless work and dedication last year.

The team looks forward to meeting each and every one of you at future events.  Until then, Fight On!

Information Meeting This Thursday

Future Trojan Navy Members,
This Thursday is the Men’s Crew information meeting held at the Lyon Center’s conference room at 4 PM.  If you’re at all interested in actively gaining pride for your school, getting in great shape, creating the best friends you can find, or just plain want to take the shirt off of UCLA’s back after you beat them come on in and learn what we’re all about. 
We’ll be going over our season schedule including racing up and down the west coast (Pac 12 Championships, San Diego Crew Classic, UCLA Dual and more) and travelling back east for the national championships.  We’re looking for anybody from first time beginners to seasoned professionals, bring your friends! 
Again this Thursday 4 PM, Lyon Center Conference room, be there!

James Long-Lerno Named USC Head Men's Crew Coach

AUGUST 12, 2011-(LOS ANGELES, CALIF.) Director of Recreational Sports Gabriel Valenzuela announced today that James Long-Lerno has been named the Head Coach of the USC Men’s Crew Team.”We’re excited to have James join the Trojan family,” Valenzuela said. “He has enjoyed tremendous personal success as a rower and we are confident that he is the right person to guide our student-athletes.  He brings energy, enthusiasm and experience to build upon our proud tradition of rowing at USC.”

Long-Lerno comes to USC after serving as an assistant coach for the Marin Rowing Association.  While at Marin, his team went undefeated, brought home 17 trophies from their regional championships and won three National Championships.

In 2010, he received his degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Cal, Long-Lerno earned top honors at the IRA National Championship and the San Diego Crew Classic. Additionally, he was named the 2009 PAC-10 Newcomer of the Year.

In 2009, Long-Lerno represented the United States and earned a first ever silver medal at the U-23 World Championship.

Prior to attending Cal, Long-Lerno rowed for Orange Coast College where he captained his boats to first at the Cal Cup of the San Diego Crew Classic and WIRA championships.  He also earned the 2008 OCC Oarsman of the Year Award.

Long-Lerno is married to Candice Matheny and resides in Seal Beach, California.

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Thank you for your support. FIGHT ON!

Racing season is fast approaching!

As racing season approaches, the Crew would like to invite all family, friends, Alumni, and supporters to all of our races. Here’s our schedule:

4/1-4/3 San Diego Crew Classic/San Diego, CA

4/9 Newport Regatta/Newport Beach, CA

4/23 Bob Hillen Cup (USC v. UCLA)/Los Angeles, CA

5/13-5/15 PCRC Championship & PAC-10 Championship/Gold River, CA

5/27-5/29 ACRA National Championship/Gainsville, GA

Thank you for your support!



January 31, 2011 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Effective today, Danny Johnson has stepped down from his position as the USC Men’s Crew Head Coach.   Coach Johnson served as head coach since 2008.   In the interim, John Taylor, father of current rower Harrison Taylor, will serve as coach until a permanent replacement is secured.   Any questions regarding the Men’s Crew program should be directed to Gabriel Valenzuela (