March 9, 2007
LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - The Santa Clara men's crew team finished last weekend after two days full of racing schools from all over the area. Overall the weekend showed strong promise for both the Men's Varsity team as well as the Novice team. Both teams left Friday the 2nd to drive up towards Lake Natoma, which is about fifteen miles northwest of Sacramento along the American River. This is where many of Santa Clara's races are held throughout the year. It was just a 2000 meter piece that was waiting for Santa Clara in their annual Dual meet with Sacramento State, one of their long time rivals.
Early Saturday morning the two crews assembled for the first Men's Varsity Race. It was a close race for the first 1000 meters and both teams agreed after that it was the fastest they had ever pulled. After the first 1000 meters Sac State slowly crept forward and was able to win the race by about a boat length. With a final time of about 6:27.6 for Santa Clara, seven seconds behind Sac, this race proves to be very promising for the future.
With all the potential that the team has, it seems that the sky is the limit. The next Men's race was the Men's Varsity four race. For a boat that didn't have much practice time on the water, they had an impressive holding against Sac State but were not able to hold them off in the end. The Santa Clara Men's Novice team coached by Matt Pinschmidt took first in their race with a time of 6:39.3, which is a quick time for a novice boat this early in the season. With more practice and hard work, we could be seeing a lot more news about this novice team in the future. Overall, all teams agreed that the day was a success and were already looking for ways to improve for the races to come the fallowing day.
The next day, the teams trekked down to the UC Davis boathouse for the Davis Invitational, which brought in teams like UC Davis, Cal Maritime, UC Santa Barbara, Sonoma State, and Cal Lightweights. The event took place in the port of Sacramento which aside from changing tides, cargo ships and other boats; it's a straight shot, easy to navigate 2K running under one bridge at the last five hundred. Santa Clara finished strong overall but unfortunately could not compete against UC Davis's Varsity eight time of 6:15.5. Santa Clara's Varsity eight finished up the 2000 meters in 6:36.9.
The novice men did well once again with a time of 6:37.6 to put them in second but were far off of Davis's smoking 6:19.4.
The Varsity four however placed first against Sonoma State, UC Santa Barbara, & Cal Maritime with a finishing time of 7:12.5. This boat did not have much practice time together, but still managed to pull off a victory.
As a whole, the Santa Clara Men's Crew team was happy with the results of the weekend. They now know what they need to do to improve, and as long as they keep up the hard work, there seems to be a lot of promise in what will come later in the season.
If all goes well this week, we should see a strong improvement at their next race this Saturday the 9th at the Sacramento State Invitational when they, again, compete against many teams from the area.
Sac St - 6:20.6
2nd Varsity 8:
Sac St - 7:53.1
SCU - 6:27.6
Sac St - 7:08
SCU - 7:21.4
SCU - 6:39.3
Sac St - 6:47.2
SCU JV - 7:00.5