2013 National Rowing Championships Come to a Close in Welland

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November 10, 2013, Welland ON (ISN) – The weather may have not cooperated, but the National Rowing Championships (NRC) wrapped up today at the Welland International Flatwater Centre in Welland, Ontario.

“The weather definitely posed some challenges this weekend,” said Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada Aviron High Performance Director.

Regatta organizers were forced to run the finals in a 2000-metre time-trial format Sunday morning after having to cancel the semis yesterday afternoon due to windy conditions.

“It’s not as exciting as side-by-side racing, but it was the right decision under the circumstances,” explained Cookson.

The best of senior, under-23 and junior small boats were named National Champions. The following are highlights of the senior events:

Welland’s Kerry Schaffer, who trains at the national centre in London, Ontario, won the women’s single in 8:00.99, followed by Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ont., in 8:01.60 (Zeeman was also the Under 23 winner), and Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach of Smithers, BC, was third fastest in the single in 8:10.36.

In the women’s lightweight single, Teresa Berkholtz of Victoria, B.C., won in 8:08.36, followed by 2012 Olympian Lindsay Jennerich, also of Victoria, B.C., in 8:10.21, and Lindsay Sferrazza of St. Catharines, Ont., in 8:14.62.

The women’s pair event was won by Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, ON), with Christine Roper (Victoria) in 7:41.42. Both Nurse and Roper are 2013 World Medalists. 2012 Olympian Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, BC, rowing with Susanne Grainger (London, ON), were second in 7:44.42; Sarah Black (Ottawa, ON) and Lisa Roman (Langley, BC) were third in 7:45.25.

Olympian Michael Braithwaite of Duncan, BC, won the heavyweight men’s single in a time of 7:14.20, followed by Quebec’s Pascal Lussier in 7:16.52, and Matt Buie of Duntroon, ON, in 7:17.16.

In the men’s pair, Olympic silver medalist Will Crothers (Kingston, ON) with Kai Langerfeld (Parksville, BC) won the overall event in 6:54.59. Michael Evans and David Lariviere, who both train at the Victoria Training Centre, were second in 7:02.01. Will Dean (Kelowna, BC) and Steve Van Knotsenburg (Beamsville, ON) were third in 7:02.17.

2013 senior National Team member Nick Pratt of Kingston won the men’s lightweight single in 7:19.96, followed by New Brunswick rower Adam Bliss in 7:25.53, and Mark Henry, who trains at the natonal centre in London, in 7:27.58.

Again this year, Under 23 rowers Maxwell Lattimer and Evan Cheng – representing British Columbia – won the lightweight men’s pair overall title. Their time was 7:01.28. Eric Woelfl (St. Catharines) and Brendan Hodge (Delta, BC) were second in 7:03.60, and another young pair – James Myers and Grayson Gray of Ontario – were third in 7:13.53.

Para rowers also competed this morning in Welland over a 1000-metre distance (official results not yet available). “Seeing the Para rowers return to competition at the NRCs was a highlight today,” said Cookson.

The NRCs give Canada’s top athletes from the provinces, Canada’s Row to Podium development program, and the senior team a chance to compete against each other, and demonstrate their speed in front of development and national coaching staff.

The 2013 regatta was run in partnership with the Welland Recreational Canal Corp., RowOntario and Rowing Canada Aviron, and supported by a generous private donation that provides top athletes with prize money.

Results at Regatta Central: