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Rowing Works Hard in Long Beach and Strives to Be Better

The Rowing team giving it their all and trying to leave their mark in Long Beach

by: Emily Schulze

            The rowing team went to Long Beach, California during the weekend of December third to December fifth. The team was able to enter into nine races, which is the most the team has ever entered into before. The mixed four was the only boat that placed. All of the other boats did their best.

            The mixed four came in third. As the crew returned to shore, they had no idea how they had placed. Officials declared that the crew got third, but were really close to second place. The two times differed by only five tenths of a second. They were proud of their efforts. The mixed four crew was Jessica Holevar, John Dery, Ashley Nache, and Keoni Bermoy. They were coxed by Charlie Hargrove.

            “We didn’t win, but they did the best that I have ever seen them do,” Says Emily Andreasky, a freshman coxswain, addressing her crew; the men’s novices. The men’s novice boat performed well and rowed hard. Andreasky thought that the crew members were well prepared for the race. The men’s novice crew was Andy Worthington, Michael Molina, Jacob Holevar, Jon Sahagun, with coxswain Emily Andreasky.

            Both the men’s and women’s singles did well in their races. John Dery raced in the men’s single. The women’s single was raced by Jessica Holevar. Both worked hard and performed well.

            The women’s varsity boat consisted of Amelia Harris, Danielle Barger, Ashley Nache, and Kaela Eller. Kevin Andreasky was the coxswain for this boat.

             The Men’s Varsity A boat consisted of Eric Schulze, Keoni Bermoy, Michael Spahn, Charlie Hargrove, and coxswain Jessica Holevar. The Men’s Varsity B boat was Kyle Oppenheim, Nathan Dodge, Andy Worthington, and Jacob Holevar. This crew was coxed by Kevin Andreasky.  The two boats both did well, but neither placed.

            “It was tense because in the beginning of the race, we were overlapping oars with another boat and we were trying to catch up. We got really stressed,” Replied freshman Elizabeth Wilken. The women’s novice boat felt the stress that regattas can cause full force. When it came time for the crew’s race to align at the starting line, the women were having difficulty aligning themselves. When the race started, the women’s novice crew was overlapping oars with another boat, making it difficult for the team to row. The Women’s novice crew was Eva Suarez, Elizabeth Wilken, Gabriella Griest, Bethany Pittman, and coxswain Emily Schulze.

            The last boat that raced was the mixed eight. The mixed eight consisted of Kaela Eller, Bethany Pittman, Andy Worthington, Kyle Oppenheim, Danielle Barger, Nathan Dodge, Amelia Harris, Michael Spahn, and Kevin Andreasky as the coxswain. The boat did well even though this was their first time ever rowing together. Kaela lost control of her oar, but the team was able to pick it up and continue rowing. The crew lost but still did their best. They hope to do better and place in their next regattas.



Rowing Competes in Their First Regatta

By: Emily Schulze

The rowing team traveled to Tempe during the first weekend of fall break, October 7-9, and competed in their first regatta.

Before racing or rowing in any boat, all equipment on the boat must be checked and double checked.

“We have to check riggers, foot straps, oars, and everything else. We pretty much have to check over the whole boat,” says novice Gabriella Griest, a sophomore who rows three seat in the mixed novice boat.

Rowers not only have to prepare their boats, but themselves. The team is required to eat carbohydrates and drink water constantly during the week leading up to regatta. On the day of the regatta teams must run, stretch, and warm up before their boat can be sent on to the water. Since rowing is a team sport, rowing crews must practice together constantly before they are deemed ready to race in a regatta.

“We have to do warm ups to loosen our muscles in addition to a month and a half of training prior to the regatta,” says varsity rower Ashley Nache, a junior who rows bow seat.

The race was 5,000 meters, about 3.1 miles, and focused on endurance. It was a difficult race, but all of the teams finished, and all four crews were very proud of their efforts.

Mr. Pasterino’s only goal for the novice crew was to finish the race, and the novices accomplished that goal. The novice boat came in second in a race consisting of two boats, however, they were racing against a varsity crew that had much more experience than them. Even though they were racing a varsity crew, the novices definitely agree that there is room for improvement.

“We can keep working on timing, focusing, and adjusting quickly when there is a problem,” said Griest. Timing and focus will help improve the team’s speed, and solving dilemmas quickly will improve the overall completion time. If the boat can improve in these areas, the crew will be well prepared for the regatta in December.

The women’s varsity boat did well, but they also agree that there is room for improvement.

“But that’s the fun thing about rowing, it’s a fun sport that you are never a complete expert on so there’s always more to learn,” states Nache. The girls boat rowed very hard, so hard that one of them had an asthma attack on the water, and another one couldn’t breathe when the boat returned to shore.

“I think we could improve our stamina as a team, as well as building more pressure in our strokes for longer races,” Nache declares. Stamina is very important in rowing because it takes enormous amounts of energy to move a boat with five people in it.

The men’s varsity team placed second in their race in a race containing three boats. The boat that came in first bout the TCP boat by two minutes. However, the boat that beat the other boats was penalized for passing under a bridge which is prohibited during the race. As such, they only won by one minute and thirty seconds.

The double, consisting of John Dery and Jessica Holevar, placed first in their race, even though they were racing against more experienced rowers.

The team as a whole is working very well together, and the team seems to be very strong this year. The novices are excited to be a part of the crew and they are looking forward to the next regatta.