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VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing programs will compete in the 38th annual Elk Lake Spring Regatta hosted by UVic at Elk Lake this weekend, Mar. 3-4.

The Saturday of racing focuses on the small boat races but the total event will house 340 competitors involved in 24 various events. The majority of the racing will involve single boats and pairs events.

“Canada has a tradition of small boats racing,” stated Vikes women’s head coach Rick Crawley. “This event showcases that focus on the first day and there are 15 programs racing everything from junior B’s to masters and even several Olympians are here.”

Appearances from the Olympic men’s rowing squad will be on site, showcasing their talents in the men’s pair and single, as well as the lightweight men’s single. There will be three waves of men’s pairs coming down the course on Saturday – starting with a C final and ending with the top six in the A final.

“This will be a barn burner,” continued Crawley, who is also the event coordinator. “There are boathouse bragging rights at stake.”

The Vikes will contest in the novice and JV eights on Saturday against Simon Fraser University, the University of Fraser Valley and the long-standing rivals the UBC Thunderbirds. In the small boats, the top UVic men and women will compete in the singles, lightweight singles and pairs events.

The larger boat events will take place on Sunday, Mar. 4.

For full schedule and race information visit the Regatta Information Page.