by Vikes Communications
March 2, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – Competition at the 40th annual Elk Lake Spring Regatta came to a close, March 2, with the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing crews both capturing first-place finishes in an exciting final day of racing.
The Vikes varsity women’s eight comprised of rowers Madeline Spengehi, Amanda Pomphrey, Rebecca Zimmerman, Christina Scholten, Catherine Slamka, Jillian Legare, Kiersten Van Gulick and coxswain Becky Wilder started off the day racing for UVIC. After a clean start, the crew settled into a strong pace and stormed to the finish line closing the gap between them and their Brown Cup rival UBC.
On the men’s side, the varsity men’s eight rowed from behind into a win over UBC. The Vikes men remained focused on the race plan with stroke pair Sam Garber and Will O’Connell providing a confident rhythm as the Thunderbirds led the race out of the starting gates.
Vikes Walker, Connor McGuigan, Sean Decter, Lee Hall, Maxim Ellison and Christopher Marshall provided the support from the body and bow of the boat and drove the crew to the front of the field.
Vikes Garber and Walker moved directly from the men’s eight into the lightweight men’s double, putting together a commanding performance with Garber winning his second gold medal of the weekend and Walker his third after placing first in the lightweight men’s single Saturday.
The Vikes women closed out the day with a race that went to the wire. The junior varsity women’s four with Cassidy Fernandez, Erin Moen, Siobahn MacArthur, Alyssa Roehrich, and Emma Whichar fought University of Fraser Valley right to the last stroke with the Vikes taking the win by .3 of a second.
The Elk Lake Spring Regatta is a two-day regatta hosted entirely by the Vikes men and women rowing teams.