Newport Regatta Recap

On Easter weekend the USC Men’s Crew took to Newport Beach for the annual Newport Regatta.  USC was represented by a Varsity 4, Novice 4, and Novice 8.

The Novice 4 was the first race of the day.  Off the start they commanded the lead and led the race by one length over Orange Coast. Everytime Orange Coast attempted a move to take seats on the Trojans, USC held and countered.  Coming into their last 200 Orange Coast started their sprint and due to speaker malfunction, our crew did not hear their coxswain call the sprint. Orange Coast walked through before our Novices knew to sprint but it was too late and they ran out of water to respond.  A well fought race by our Novices.

The next race of the day was the Novice 8.  Having 7 athletes in the boat new this Spring, the squad focused on racing the crews closest to them: Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.  They got off to a great start and had a four seat lead over  their focus crews but unfortunately let the excitement of the race and their inexperience lead to them settling to a 37 stroke rate! Although it felt great for the first thousand meters, a crew that has only been rowing for three months can’t hope to sustain it and they were walked through coming past the Orange Coast boathouse finishing behind the other crews.  We’re looking forward to facing Long Beach State in two weeks with a little more practice under our belts and a little more controlled race plan.

The last race of the day was the Varsity 4.  The Trojans got off the line well behind the leader from Chapman and spent the next 1500 battling the Chapman crew.  As they came into their sprint they had expended most of their energy fighting Chapman and Orange Coast was able to slip ahead of them at the last second securing second and putting USC in third.  A well fought race and we hope to rebound for our next few races.

The Pursels and the Crowes were kind enough to supply snacks and refreshments for the team while some other notable alumni supported the crew as well! Along with the usual group of almuni from recent years, long time supporter Stan Mullin was there to see one of the best showings the program has had in years. John Taylor (last year’s volunteer coach who help keep the program alive) was happy to see the oarsmen rowing well and incresing in number.