Vikes men sweep top three, boast success of new talent ID program

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By Vikes Communications

February 17, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rowing team got their 2013 season started at the annual Head of the Shawnigan regatta.

For the first time in several years, the Vikes men captured the top three times over the 6.5-km course on Shawnigan Lake.

While no other universities were represented at the competition, since 1978, the Vikes have used this regatta as the inaugural completion for the spring season. This year, the varsity, JV and frosh-novice crews finished in the top-three spots, a task the Vikes have not been successful at in over 10 years. Competition has always run steep at this event, as two of the top-five Canadian high school crews, Shawnigan Lake and Brentwood, are typically top contenders.

The top-three sweep is a testament to the successful progress of the newly formed “Talent Identification Partnership” formed with the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and RCA.

“Seeing our frosh crew perform at a level that places them on par with one of the best high school crews in the country shows that our commitment to performance recruiting is paying off,” said Vikes men’s rowing head coach Howie Campbell.

The current Vikes frosh crew boasts five athletes that transferred their talents to rowing last September, while the first and second varsity crews contain athletes from frosh crews recruited over the past three years.

The benefits of the current performance-recruiting program are now being felt throughout the depth of the Vikes men’s rowing program.

“We look forward to all three crews continuing to improve as we move towards our annual dual meet with OSU and the Brown Cup Challenge against UBC, which is the final fixture of the season for the Vikes,” added Campbell.

The Vikes men will next prepare for the Elk Lake Spring Regatta (Mar. 2-3), the Oregon State Dual meet (Mar. 9) and the Brown Cup (Mar. 30).