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Lions Head To Long Beach Spring Regatta

March 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU Crew travels to Long Beach Marine Stadium this weekend for racing against a number of southland schools. The waters of Marine Stadium were home to the rowing races of the Xth Olympiad, the 1932 Olympic Games, Los Angeles being the host city. LMU will enter several boats to help prepare for upcoming races.

The men will see both WCC & PAC-10 opponents. The Varsity 4 will look to continue its success this weekend against USD while the Varsity 8 will race USD, UCI, USC, and CSULB.

After a tough loss this past weekend to UCLA the LMU Varsity 8 had a solid week of practices and is looking for personnel changes to deliver some more consistent speed. "I'm still not sold on our current line-up so I am looking at every option," says men's coach Brooks Jones.

After a big win against UCLA, the Varsity 4 is excited to race again. Jones adds, "The 4 is making huge strides on the water every day so I am looking for them to go out and put together another solid race."

The racing format for this weekend will allow for most of the rowers to get at least 2 races. For most of these crews it will be the first look at the team that they will see again in May at the WIRA Championships.

On the novice level the men will enter a few boats - both fours and eights - and will face off against USC & CSULB. Coach Adam Baker welcomes every opportunity to get these first year rowers into race situations.

The LMU Women will race a varsity 8, and 2nd varsity 8, a lightweight 8, and a novice 4. Expected opponents include Long Beach State, UC San Diego, and possibly a few others. Head Coach Pat Kelly stated, "We have had some solid training but really just haven't raced well yet. The athletes are looking forward to getting down the course and showing what they are capable of."

Racing on the day will include the traditional 2000 meter distance, as well as 1000 meter events. "This is a wonderful opportunity. We are racing at a classy venue with the chance to test ourselves twice on the day," said Kelly. "We have specific expectations of performance. All the boats need to execute better and here is a chance to do that. Simply, we need to push harder and move together better over the entire distance."

Races will run throughout the morning from 7:00am to noon. The schedule for the Pete Archer Spring Regatta can be found at the Long Beach Rowing Association web site by clicking here.