We’re back everyone, and we are ready to rock another year out on the water! Returning this year to our team are the bulk of our squad from last year, along with our coach, Sarah Van Zanten! We are beyond excited to be competing again this year, and are ready to get back to work! We will of course be practicing and competing in multiple 5000m races this fall, eventually working into the spring semester where we will continue to compete is 2000m races.
As a part of the fall, we are of course recruiting again! Anyone interested in joining the team is welcome to come out to practice and try out the sport, and we always love getting new people. More information about the team can be found the “About” section of this website, and of course we are always happy to take anyone that is interested in joining the team, regardless of previous experience! Prospective new rowers should get started on the “New Student Athlete” medical eligibility forms so that they can participate, including a Physical, a copy of Insurance Information, and a signed Club Sports Waiver.
We’re looking forward to a great year and can’t wait to see who joins us!
This past weekend on Saturday, March 1 we had our first race of the season at Long Beach Marine Stadium, the Opening Day Regatta!
The team put out three boats, a Varsity 4 (MV4+), a Novice 4 (MN4+), and a Novice 8 (MN8+). The Opening Day Regatta is the first race the team competes in during the Spring semester, with all boats rowing the standard 2000m course.
All three boats made respectable performances, displaying the power and control that has been cultivated over the past two months in practice. The novice boats made especially notable performances. Several of the novices recently joined the team, and as such had far less experience than the crews they raced.
Finally, we want to welcome Sarah Van Zanten, our new coach and program director! Sarah has joined our team as of this semester, bringing over ten years of rowing experience for the team to grow from. Today’s regatta was Sarah’s first race as our coach, and we look forward to many more to come!
The weekend of December 1st and 2nd included two season ending races and one of our major fundraisers for the year.
Saturday morning, Chapman raced a N8+ and a V8+ in the OCC Sprints, a 2600 metered course from Balboa Island through Lido Channel. The novices placed 2nd in their event with open water between them and the rest of the field, including UCI, USC, OCC’s A boat, and UCLA. The varsity placed 5th in their event, ahead of USC by several boat lengths.
Following the race was the third annual Family-Friends Row. The event was a grand success! The men’s team was able to raise almost $1500 and treated donors to a row around Lido Island in Newport Harbor. Fortunate for all, the skies cleared up after two days of continuous raining and a little bit of sunshine came through. We would like extend our gratitude for those who could not join us but still sent in their support and hope to see you at the boat house next year.
The rain returned the next day at Marine Stadium for the Christmas Regatta. This was the Panther Crew’s third year in attendance for the 850m sprints, and they saw the fiercest competition yet. The N8+ finished in 3rd, 1.7 second behind CSU Long Beach who finished in first. The V8+ finished in 5th, 3.3 seconds ahead of ASU’s B boat. The V4+ also finished in 5th place, 1.1 seconds ahead of Beach Crew. Results Here
Imagine eager rowers with an adrenaline rush bright and early in the morning, the calm waters waiting patiently for oars to drive just beneath the surface, the sun slowly rising and showering its rays upon everyone . . .
Last weekend on Saturday, November 10th, the Men’s team competed in the Long Beach Fall Invitational Regatta at Marine Stadium. Novices competed in multiple 850m sprints while varsity rowers from each school compete in a 4000m head race around Naples Island. Some people may consider this event a “dry run” or “scrimmage.” Nevertheless, Chapman University displayed that they were ready to rise to the occasion and take head-on any competition that came in their way.
It was the first experience our novice crew had to meet different schools, including CSULB, UCSB, and UCLA. Chapman’s crew team is quite young, but their hard work definitely showed as the Novice boat was dominant in their races. The novices completely swept their event, taking first place four out of four times with open water between their boat and second place in each sprint. Unfortunately, Novice Team Captain, R. Cohen, aggravated a back injury and will have to leave the program. Best wishes for his recovery.
The Varsity also performed well in their event, regaining their position from of UCSB’s crab and fending off Beach Crew’s advances with tactical turns by coxswain E. Warman. Great race to both crews!
The power, control, and unity displayed by the team at this regatta in both novice and varsity boats were amazing. The team improved on all of the foundations set last year, and the results have energized the entire team. With this performance the team has shown not only themselves, but their competition what they are capable of and the kind of energy that will be carried into future lineups and races
-J. Murril (Varsity) and B. Luciano (Novice)
For the first time in club history, the Panther Crew enter a Varsity 8+ that consisted of seasoned rowers with at least one year of experience, a sign of the growth of the team over the years that at one time fielded a few as two varsity rowers and a varsity coxswain. The eight finished amongst their long-time competitors, just behind UCSB’s “B” Boat, UCI’s “B” and “C” Boats, LMU and CSULB, but just ahead of OCC’s “B” Boat and ASU, among others. The team takes this as a positive sign but also a challenge to increase its training capacity to elevate its relative competitiveness for the spring season.
Chapman Men’s Crew is looking for athletes who wish to be part of our successful, growing team! If you’re looking to join a dedicated group of individuals that train to win, Chapman Men’s Crew is what you’re looking for. No previous experience necessary. New recruits are invited to meetings on September 12th and 13th at 7 PM in the Sandhu Residence Center room 261. It is only necessary to attend one meeting. These meetings are a chance to learn more about our team, meet our members and our coach. Additionally, recruits can have their many questions answered. For questions or directions to the location of the meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!
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Panther Crew sent three boats – novice eight (N8+), lightweight four (L4+), and a pair (2-) – to its conference championship (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association) and, for the first time in program history, two of them returned home with medals. The men’s pair (P. Englert, G. Moutsatson) earned bronze and the lightweight four (J. Weinberg, T. Woodward, M. Oliver, K. Duggan, C. Colicino) earned the silver. The results can be found here. Never has the program had two boats medal at WIRA; the last time a Chapman Men’s boat medaled at WIRA was 2006 (N4+). Matthew Oliver, graduating senior and three seat of the L4+, was named 2nd All-WIRA for the event.
For the second year in a row, the team has sent boats east to compete in the prestiguous Dad Vail Regatta. This year, the medaling boats from WIRA represented Chapman on the East Coast. While pair did not advance past their heat, the lightweight four advanced to the semi-finals on the second day of the regatta.
Alas, the men’s crew team has concluded their season and we’re very proud of the accomplishments we’ve achieved. We had a great group of novices who chose to be a part of the team and learned to love rowing. We had major victories, such as the Newport Regatta, where our Varsity 4+ took gold. We hosted a Regatta in Newport, where our Varsity 4+ took first place again and our Varsity 8+ beat CSU LB in a duel! At WIRA, for the first time in history, Chapman had a place on the podium in two events. Our lightweight varsity 4+ took silver and our varsity men’s pair took bronze in the grand finals of their events. Then to finish off the season, we were able to send the same boats from WIRA to Philadelphia to compete for the second time in the Dad Vail Regatta. It was a great way to end the year and it got the team hungry for more. Next year, we hope to add even more athletes to this program so they can be a part of the amazing experiences that Chapman men’s crew has to offer and so we can continue this year’s success. — Matt Oliver, Club President
Over these last couple of weeks, the crew team has been hard at work, preparing them for the busiest time of their racing season. Two weeks ago, they raced in the San Diego Crew Classic, the biggest Regatta on the west coast. Last week, they raced in the prestigious Newport Regatta and just yesterday, they raced in their very own Regatta, which Chapman hosted.
After winning the Don McKee cup with the Varsity 4+ at the Newport Regatta, the team was able to come away with more racing confidence and a very important win under their belt. Yesterday, they took that experience and put it back on the water as their Varsity 4+ took first place against UCLA and two UCSB boats. Later in the day, the Varsity 8+ performed exceptionally well against their rivals, Long Beach State, in a one-on-one duel. Although it was close in the beginning of the race, Chapman’s boat was able to pull away and take first place with a substantial lead. Chapman’s novices weren’t able to get a win today, but they walked away from the water more experienced and more driven to succeed in two weeks at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s (WIRA) Regatta in Sacramento, California.
My name is Chiara Colicino and this is my third year as a Chapman Men’s Crew coxswain. This season marks my second varsity year. As a coxswain, my role is to steer the boat and to verbally steer my teammates to success with encouragement and guidance.
On Saturday April, 7, Chapman Men’s Crew participated in the Newport Regatta against USC, UCLA, UCSB, USC, and the rowing power house, Orange Coast College. Our event was the Men’s Varsity 4+. In my boat, rowers George Moutsatson, Philip Englert, Michael Lee and Matthew Oliver, shot away from all of the other boats right off of the start. We were able to keep this lead and gain more throughout the 2000 meters. We didn’t “fly and die” as the announcer feared we would. Instead, the boat surge past our competitors with strong, powerful, yet controlled, strokes. It was the rowers’ focus and technique that propelled us across the finish line first.
Our participation in the Newport Regatta was contingent on an invite from Orange Coast College, something Chapman hasn’t received in over 5 years. In this light, when the Varsity 4+ took home First Place, I turned to my Coach and said “This is like a Disney movie.” While the beautiful weather, the cheering teammates, and the collective joy as we passed the finish line felt a lot like something from the movies, I realize now it’s a poor analogy. The victory was a lot sweeter than something scripted. Unlike fairytales and Disney movies that are just illusions, this was a victory we’ve been working towards for a long time. It was one of those wonderfully rare moments in life where you dedicate all of your efforts to a singular goal and actually achieve it. With sheer willpower and momentum, we took control of fate.
As our President Matthew Oliver so astutely pointed out on race day, this is a victory for all of Chapman Crew, not just for those who were in the Varsity 4+. It’s a victory for our Coach, whose dedication and passion ignites a strong work ethic throughout our team. It’s a victory for our fellow teammates who push each other at the boathouse and in the gym to be better every day. By just sheer numbers, I can see how much our program has grown since I joined the team. But, there’s something else we’ve gained too. There’s something palpable on our team that I felt as we raced by our dock – passion. I can’t wait to see where this passion and dedication will take us next.