By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s rowing program sent two crews to the 26th annual Windermere Cup today, May 5. The UVic frosh-novice eights finished first in their event with a time of 6:48.9 over the 2000-m course.


The event was hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle and occurred in conjunction with the city’s annual Opening Day of boat season. Typically over 200, 000 fans gather for the races that start in Lake Washington and row back to Montlake Cut.

The frosh-novice eights competed against a crew from Washington State and two crews from the University of Washington. The Vikes women clocked in 10 seconds ahead of the University of Washington first crew (6:58.1).

The Vikes women also competed in the varsity four and finished fourth place in a time of 7:33.6. The University of Washington’s two crews placed first and second in times of 7:09.3 and 7:22.0.

Overall, the Washington Huskies captured their sixth consecutive titles in both the men’s and women’s events. The No. 1 ranked men’s Washington Huskies varsity eight crew won in a time of 5:45.00, while the No. 6 ranked Husky women outpaced Gonzaga 6:35.9 to 6:53.6 for the title.

Frosh-Novice Eight – coached by Pat Newman
Madeline Geneau (Cox)
Madeline Spangahl (Stroke)
Haley Christensen (7)
Meaghan Thorkelson (6)
Jillian Legare (5)
Marla Catheral (4)
Madeline Brown (3)
Rachel Dennis (2)
Emily Francis (Bow)

Varsity Four – coached by Rick Crawley
Megan Smith (Coxain)
Alex Meiklejohn (Stroke)
Bronwyn Lawrie (3)
Emily Garry (2)
Gill Eeles (Bow)