November 9, 2012, Victoria, BC – The first day of the National Rowing Championships saw cool, crisp, yet sunny, weather greet the athletes today in Victoria, B.C. More than 200 rowers – including junior, under 23 and senior athletes – took to the water to test their skill in small boats.
“It was an enlightening day of rowing on Elk Lake, with a number of very good performances from the younger athletes, including U23 and juniors,” explained Rowing Canada Aviron High Performance Director, Peter Cookson “It is showing an increasing level of depth in Canadian rowing, and I was pleased to see a better quality of rowing technique demonstrated overall. Clearly, coaches across Canada are focusing more on ensuring that the fundamentals of rowing are emphasized.”
The day began with a time trial (1750m) for the men’s single. Matthew Buie of Ontario (6:16.9) had the fastest time, followed by Kai Langerfeld (National Training Centre) in 6:23.21, and Adam Rabalski (6:23.97) of Ontario. The great number of entries in this event made the time trial necessary, with the top 21 going to the quarter finals A-D.
The women’s single heats saw World Under 23 bronze medalist Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ontario, finish with the fastest time of 7:26.41.
Other heat winners were Kerry Shaffer of the National Training Centre who finished in 7:45.758, and her NTC teammate Emily Cameron winning in 7:39.715. Lisa Farthofer (Ontario) also won, in 7:45.648; Quebec’s Genevieve Favreau (U23) won in 7:42.90, and Manitoba’s Marianne Bergmann in 7:42.578.
In the women’s pair event, National Training Centre athletes Sarah Black of Ottawa, Ontario, and Carolyn Ganes of Saskatoon, Sask., finished in an impressive 7:04.89.
“We went out and put together a solid heat in some tough (breezy) conditions, learned a few things about ourselves and are excited to keep building momentum in the semis,” Ganes, who was an alternate on the 2012 Olympic team, said of today’s race.
Kate Goodfellow of Ottawa, Ont.,and Jennifer Martins of Toronto won another pair heat in 7:13.72. National athletes Rosie deBoef and Christine Roper finished their race in 7:15.28, to win the other heat in this pair event.
In the lightweight women’s single, Erin Snelgrove, an Under 23 athlete at the National Training Centre, won the first heat in 7:49.523. Rowing BC’s Teresa Berkholtz won the next heat in 7:48.050, and her BC teammate, Katherine Enns, took the third heat in 7:55.25. RowOntario athlete Kate Sauks won the final heat of this event in 8:04.929.
In the men’s pair event, Olympian (2012 men’s four) Will Dean of Kelowna, B.C and Spencer Crowley of Lantzville, B.C. looked strong and won their heat in 6:35.11. Ontario’s Mark Dawidek and David Lariviere won the next 6:42.11. And, also from Ontario, Mark Alm and Tim Schrijver (6:39.95) won the third heat in this event.
The three lightweight men’s single heats were won by the following athetes: Mark Henry of Ontario (7:01.289); Taylor Pluzak of Ontario (6:56.27), and Ole Tietz of Alberta (7:15.04).
The lightweight men’s pair saw up and coming athletes dominate this category. The first heat went to Maxwell Lattimer and Evan Cheng, representing BC, in 6:35.047. Another BC entry – Alex Walker and Lee Hall – finished the other heat in 6:38.25 for the win and to advance directly to the A final.
Reps were held this afternoon, and racing continues tomorrow with finals on Sunday morning.
The regatta is hosted by Victoria City Rowing Club. Full results (based on 1850m) can be found here:
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