SMUS Crew Rows to Gold at Canadian Nationals

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(ISN) – St. Catharines, Ont. and Victoria, B.C., June 13, 2014- St Michaels University School’s (SMUS) rowing crew enjoyed an impressive run this past weekend at the 69th annual Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) championships in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Competing for the first time at the national championships, SMUS senior women’s lightweight 8+ won gold, beating Brentwood College by 1.28 seconds in a hard fought race over the 2 km course.

SMUS women struck gold again in the junior women 63 kg 4+, dominating the final, winning by
10.9 seconds.

“I am immensely proud of all the SMUS athletes who attended the 2014 CSSRA regatta,” said SMUS Rowing head coach Susanne Walker-Curry. “Their conduct on and off the water was exemplary. At SMUS Rowing we are very much about being a family and developing the whole athlete, and as we finished our journey this year, I know that all the athletes achieved a high level of
persona lsuccess.”

The SMUS Rowing team for the Nationals was comprised of 30 students in 13 events. In addition to its gold medal winning boats, the entire SMUS Rowing squad was highly competitive throughout the regatta. Six boats made it to the finals, with other strong results including senior women’s 64 kg 4+ winning bronze, senior boys 72 kg 2+ and 66 kg 4+ winning 4th place and the junior boys 8+ placing 5th.

SMUS grade 12 student and senior women’s gold team member Charlie White was proud of the entire team’s accomplishments, “We made a total of six finals which is a huge accomplishment. All athletes competed with enthusiasm and good sportsmanship on and off the water.”

More than 90 student athletes from grades 8 to 12 participated in SMUS Rowing this past year, competing in three regattas from October to June.

The CSSRA finals or “School Boy” regatta has been run since 1945 at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta course and is recognized as the largest high school rowing regatta in North America. SMUS Crew trains on the Gorge at the Selkirk Waterfront.

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