Vikes dominate senior B categories at annual Monster Erg competition

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by James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

February 6, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria-hosted 29th annual Monster Erg was once again held at McKinnon Gymnasium, February 2. Novice Vike rower Maxine Chapman set a new novice women’s Erg record after winning her race in a time 7:16.80.

Vikes rowers dominated the heavy and lightweight Senior B categories, with several top-3 finishes among the men and women, despite the women’s side battling a slew of injuries. In the men’s lightweight event, Vikes Alex Walker, Sam Garber and Lee Hall captured first, second and third, respectively, while the women’s side saw second-year Vike Cate White finishing just seconds behind Victoria City Rowing Club’s Deborah Snell to place second with a time of 7:34.9.
“I think all in all, the event went really well,” said Vikes women’s rowing head coach Rick Crawley. “There was some good racing and it went smooth. The work staff and volunteering were great as well, we really appreciated all of them being there, hopefully they learned something.”
This year’s Monster Erg featured 32 events running in 15-minute intervals, with each race displayed in front of the rowers on large projection screens. In total, 11 rowers qualified for the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, MA., four of which Crawley selects.
“I looked at a number of things to decide who we would send to Boston,” explained Crawley. “These included what their opportunity to win was, how far below the standard they were, and having cross-representation at the event.”
In the end, junior rower Caileigh Farmer, master’s rower Jordan Weibe, adaptive rower Melissa Pavlicic and men’s open winner Andrew Stuart-Jones were chosen to compete at this month’s Indoor Championships.

Stuart-Jones’ race against Victoria City Rowing teammate Colin McCabe was perhaps the highlight race of the day, with Stuart-Jones winning by less than a second to punch his ticket to Boston, finishing in a time of 5:46.7 in the men’s Senior A event.
The Vikes rowing teams will return to the water Feb. 16 at the annual Head of the Shawnigan.