Vikes kick off spring season with Elk Lake regatta

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

February 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rowing team is looking to this weekend’s Elk Lake regatta as a yardstick for where the program’s strengths lie as the Vikes head into the Spring racing season.

 Mar. 2-3: UVic Vikes men’s rowing team at the Elk Lake Spring Regatta (Saanich, B.C.)

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In its 39th season, the Elk Lake Spring Regatta is shaping up to host a powerful small boat contingent on the men’s side as many of Rowing Canada’s athletes will be competing in the singles and doubles events.

“This regatta is really exciting from a development perspective,” said head coach of the UVic Vikes men’s rowing team, Howie Campbell. “It’s a great opportunity to see where we’re at as we have a stronger and stronger field of competitors every year.”

Two of UVic’s top rowers, Will O’Connell (Victoria, BC) and Alex Walker (Victoria, BC), will be racing in the open singles alongside fellow Vike Connor McGuigan (Victoria, BC).

Competing in the doubles event are second-year Gareth Lindstrom (Vancouver, B.C.) and freshman Christopher Marshall (Brockville, ON) while six-foot-six sophomore Sean Decter (Victoria, B.C.) is teaming up with first-year Curtis Champion (Victoria, BC). Rounding out the Vikes contingent in the doubles are Sam Horn (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Mark Lillis (Hamilton, ON).

Hosting UBC’s men’s eights on Sunday, UVic’s boat will consist of Lindstrom, O’Connell, Decter, Marshall, Walker, Horn, McGuigan and bowman Jonathan Chandler(Brentwood Bay, BC).

“We just had a reading break camp where we’ve put together a preliminary crew but as we get deeper into the season we’ll do a bit of tweaking,” said Campbell.

The two-day Elk Lake regatta runs Mar. 2-3 and for more information regarding scheduling and results, please visit www.govikesgo.com/regatta.

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