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Coast To Coast

Thursday, March 13, 2014

LONG BEACH – The Orange Coast College men’s crew got its race season started on a rainy Saturday morning at the 2014 SoCal Opening Day Regatta, held at the Long Beach Marine Stadium.

“Our results were what we expected for an early season tune-up,” OCC head coach Paul Prioleau said. “We gained some valuable race experience for our novices and some good knowledge on where we stand.”

In the Varsity Eight race, Coast carried a slim lead over UC Santa Barbara with 300 meters to go before the Gauchos found some extra gas in their tank and edged the Pirates by 2/3 of a boat length with a winning time of 5 minutes, 54.2 seconds, compared to OCC’s 5:56.6.

OCC’s second Varsity Eight started strong and eventually finished third overall, behind a pair of strong-running boats from UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara.

The Novice boats experienced some troubles, but still managed some solid times. Coast's first Novice boat had to row around a boat that was blocking its lane, but still managed a solid third-place showing behind UCSD and UCSB.

Coast’s Second Novice boat started the day with a broken rigger during its warm-up and could not compete in its race. Coast was able to later run in an open lane during the Men’s Varsity Four race and clocked in the second-fastest Novice time of the day.
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