Vikes rowing crews set to open 2013 season at WCURC

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

October 16, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria men’s and women’s rowing crews will kick-off the 2013-14 rowing season when they head to Burnaby, B.C. for the Western Canadian University Championships, Oct. 20.

The men will be looking to earn a third consecutive championship title after dominating in competition last year. The women’s side will be looking to best last year’s second-place finish, where they fell to first-place finishers UBC by four points.





“We’ve got a strong squad heading into the fall,” said men’s head coach Howard Campbell. “I think this weekend will be a really good tussle with UBC for the title.”

Canadian U-23 members Will O’Connell and Alex Walker will lead a roster composed largely of third and fourth-year rowers. Notable among this year’s younger contingent is second-year Vike Elyas Forstbauer. Forstbauer, a Chilliwack native, remained in Victoria to train over the summer and has made the leap to varsity squad for the 2013-14 season.

The women’s side sees its largest turnover in recent memory. As a result, Renae Barks, Anna Braunizer, Emily Garry and Jillian Legare will be required to provide guidance at this year’s season-opening competition. Newcomers to the Vikes rowing roster will also get their first taste of collegiate-level rowing competition.

“The novices get to have their first race this weekend as well,” said women’s head coach Rick Crawley. “They’re pretty excited to have boats next to them for the first time.”

Competition at this weekend’s WCURC kicks off Oct. 20 for both men and women’s teams.