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.

The Novice crew also recognized the challenge they faced in their race, and they produced a fantastic effort. They started in third place, trailing the first two OCC boats, then overtook one boat to finish second. This was a tremendous improvement from Head of the Harbor, where they finished well behind OCC’s second boat.

The Newport Sprints was an excellent regatta for the entire USC Men’s Crew. OCC was a gracious host, even inviting JL to come and sponsor a barbeque along with gear bags for every rower. The Varsity crew realized just how competitive the rowing environment is and how lucky we are to have such fast schools to compete against year after year. We took the disappointing finish as an indicator of the tremendous amount of work left to do between now and the spring sprint season and realized just how important perfect technique can be. For the novices, the regatta gave them a taste of success and validated all the effort they have put in during the fall semester. Taking the lessons learned from Newport into the winter training regimen, the Trojan Navy is looking forward to a strong, competitive, and successful spring racing season.

Results were as follows:
Varsity:
First Place:   Orange Coast College Varsity (by 1 1/4 lengths over second place)
Second Place:   U.S.C.
Third Place:   U.C.I.
Fourth Place:   Orange Coast College Novice “A”

Novice VIII
First Place:   Orange Coast College Novice “B”
Second Place:   U.S.C.
Third Place:   Orange Coast College Novice “C”

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