Several Vike rowers advance to Sunday finals at RCA Rowing Championships

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

November 9, 2013, Windsor ON (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes rowers completed their second day at the RCA National Rowing Championships, Nov. 9. The regatta, being held in Windsor, Ont. at the Welland International Flatwater Centre South Course features several rowers from UVic rowing under their provinces banners instead of Vikes boats.




Five of the Vikes men’s rowers advanced to Sunday’s finals. The morning quarterfinals were the final races of the day as high winds cancelled the scheduled afternoon races. As a result, tomorrow’s finals will include all athletes that advanced to the semi-finals. Advancing to the tomorrow’s draws will be the pair crew of Sean Decter and Connor McGuigan, the composite boat of Will O’Connell and Trofym Anderson as well as single rowers Ben Murphy and Alex Walker.

On the women’s side, lightweight single Renae Barks finished in second-place with a time of 8:15.25 while Vike teammate Cate White, rowing for Alberta, finished in sixth-place in the same race, posting a time of 8:33.87. Vike alum Lindsay Jennerich posted a first-place finish in her lightweight single race, finishing with a time of 8:05.24. Jillan Legare’s pair will begin their race tomorrow at 8:15 in the finals.

With high winds expected to worsen tomorrow near noon, the finals will run as time trials for the top-twelve crews in each category. Racing will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Advancing men’s rowing roster:

  • 2+: Sean Decter, Connor McGuigan (Team B.C.) | Will O’Connell – Trofym Anderson (Team Ontario/B.C)
  • L1x: Alex Walker (Team B.C.)
  • 1x: Ben Murphy (VTC)

Advancing women’s rowing roster:

  • Jillian Legare (Team B.C. U-23), Rebecca Zimmerman (Team B.C. Sr. A)
  • L1x: Cate White (Team Alberta) | Renae Barks (Team Saskatchewan)