Lightweight four, pair crews lead Vikes to fourth-place finish at rowing championships

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

November 4, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s rowing crews completed their final day of races at the 2013 Canadian University Rowing Championships, held in Montreal, Que.

The young Vikes squad who feature just three returning Vikes from last year’s squad finished fourth overall after Sunday’s final draw.




The women’s top performances came from their pair crew of Jillian Legare and Rebecca Zimmerman as well as lightweight four crew of Becky Wilder, Cate White, Renae Barks, Emily Garry and Kiersten Van Gulick. Both boats placed second overall with times of 8:33.75 and 8:20.90, respectively.

“Our best race here was our pair,” said head coach Rick Crawley. “In the time trials yesterday they were fourth and they moved up to second, they raced really well.”

Barks and Garry’s lightweight double finished in third place with a time of 9:00.63 while Barks also finished third in her lightweight singles event, finishing with a time of 9:22.19. The Vikes women’s eight crew posted a fourth-place finish while Amanda Pomphrey raced to a 12th place finish after replacing Garry at the last minute.

“I was really proud of the kids,” said Crawley. “When you lose that many people from last year you’re wondering where you’re going to fit.”

The women’s crews will now head to Welland, Ont., to prepare for next weekend’s National Rowing Championships, taking place Nov. 9-10.

Women’s individual results:

W8+: Becky Wilder, Rebecca Zimmerman, Christina Scholten, Madeline Spangehl, Jillian Legare, Elizabeth McConnell, Catherine Slamka, Amanda Pomphrey, Anna Braunizer (4th, 00:07:32.40)

2-: Jillian Legare, Rebecca Zimmerman (2nd, 0:08:33.75)

1x: Amanda Pomphrey (12th, 00:09:58.04)

LW4+: Becky Wilder, Cate White, Renae Barks, Emily Garry, Kiersten Van Gulick (2nd,08:20.9)

LW2x: Renae Barks, Emily Garry (3rd, 0:09:00.63)

LW1x: Renae Barks (3rd, 00:09:22.19)