Crew Classic Recap

Last weekend the Trojans raced at the famous San Diego Crew Classic.  After initially entering three 8’s, an Open, Varsity, and Novice, the team was forced to scratch the varsity 8 event due to an injury on the varsity squad.  That left us with an Open 8, which we decided to create by putting our Novice and Varsity 4’s together, and our Novice 8 comprised of only 3 rowers returning from the fall and 5 rowers who started this spring.

The Novice 8, being filled with so many newcomers, got the toughest lane draw you could possibly get: the dreaded lane 7. They were also lined up against the best teams in the event with only two going to the final.  Being so early on in their training, our Novices went out there to race as hard as they could and hold onto their technique through the rough water lane 7 presents. Varsity teams Cal and UCSD earned their spots in the Grand Final while two more Varsity teams from Orange Coast College and Santa Clara secured the Petite final spots. This left the three club teams, Long Beach State, Sonoma and USC without a final to participate in.

Our next race had our four varsity members and four novice members racing in the afternoon against a field of fellow collegiate athletes from club and varsity teams alike.  From the start they commanded the race, leaping ahead and holding open water to win their heat and earn themselves lane 2 in the Grand Final.  When their final arrived, they were surrounded by some of the fastest crews at the race including the CRC (a collective of elite rowers training for the national team), The Little Knights (defending champions), Cal, Boston University’s top boat and a UC San Diego boat.  With the chance to race against such high caliber opponents, the guys were asked to challenge it head on and race as if they were going to win.  Right off the start the crew from USC led the race to the 500 meter mark and were able to hold off the rest of the field until 1200.  At that point the elite oarsmen from the CRC, Little Knights, and Cal were able to push through.  The Trojans finished the race in 5th.

We are proud to say that USC showed presence in the master’s event with a full alumni boat racing on Sunday. With a six boat race and an open lane 2, the Trojans raced from lane seven. It was a rough start through the first 650 with the Trojans fighting to keep their place among the other crews. Once they settled into their swing, however, the alumni took a commanding move at the 700 meter mark to push through Lincoln Park. They finished 5th with a boat length lead! We hope to start a tradition of alumni boats at this regatta.

A big thanks goes out to all the family, friends, and alumni who came out to support the team.