By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA – At the annual Brown Cup race, held on the Gorge Waterway, today, Mar. 24, the UVic Vikes women’s rowing team was successful at capturing their 18th Brown Cup title, defeating UBC by a 0.63 second margin.

The Vikes men’s rowing team were edged by a 0.93 second margin by UBC in their 21st appearance at the event. The Vikes women were successful at capturing their 18th Brown Cup title defeating UBC by a 0.63 second margin.

The 3500-m race down the Gorge Waterway couldn’t have happened on a better day, with the sun finally making a Spring appearance and a great tail wind helping out the competitors. In the men’s reserve race, the Vikes clocked in at 9:08.34, edging UBC (9:20.94) by 12.60 seconds. In the women’s reserve race, the Vikes were again successful winning in a time of 10:18.64, posting a 19.74 second margin ahead of the T-Birds (10:38.38).

For the varsity races, the men, led by Brendan Downey (Victoria, BC) and Will O’Connell (Victoria, BC), finished in 8:47.83 behind UBC (8.:46.90). With the loss, the Vikes still have 17 Brown Cup titles to their name.

The Vikes women, led by Ingrid Braul (Vancouver, BC) in the stroke seat and power-houses Alyssa Weninger (Unity, Sask.) and Erika Shaw (Victoria, B.C.), captured their 18th title in almost as many (19) appearances with a time of 9:58.06, while UBC trailed in 9:58.69.

Following the race events, the teams will gather for the annual rowing banquet, where several athletes will be honoured. For both the men and women, there will be a most valuable rower, most outstanding rower and most improved rower announced. Additionally, there will be rookie and novice of the year awards.

A special award, developed in the spirit of Tony Zasada, will also be announced. A member from both the UVic men’s and women’s rowing programs will be named as the annual Tony Zasada Award recipients, as voted by their teammates.

A full list of results and award winners will be available on Sunday, March 25 at


Men’s reserve race

Uvic 9;08.34 UBC 9;20,94

margin 12.60

Women’s reserve race

Women’s Reserve Race

Uvic 10:18.64 UBC 10:38.38

Margin 19.74

Men’s Brown Cup

UBC 8:46.90 UVIC 8:47.83

Margin 0.93

Women’s Brown Cup

Uvic 9:58.06 UBC 9:58.69

Margin 0.63