Vikes crews sweep silver at Western Canadian championship

Cassidy Fernandes

By Ali Lee, 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing team each brought home a second place in the team standings at the 2014 Western Canadian University Rowing Championship in Calgary, Alta. The Vikes women brought home three golds, while the men garnered four.

The Vikes women finished with 18 points, two points back of leaders UBC. Cassidy Fernandes coxed the lightweight women’s four of Cate White, Amanda Pomphrey, Emily Garry and Deborah Snell to gold in a time of 5:41.26. Becca Zimmerman and Madeline Spangehl took first in the women’s pair in 6:11.66, while White and Snell crossed first in the lightweight women’s double (6:11.62). The varsity eight finished second in a time of 5:19.09.

The women’s coxed four finished with silver (5:53.85), while Beth McConnell earned third place in the women’s single.Emily Garry also took third in the lightweight women’s single in 6:55.10.

The Vikes men finished in second overall, also two points behind UBC. Christopher Marshall and Maxim Ellisonclaimed gold in the men’s pair (5:35.79), while the Vikes 2V men’s coxed four (5:24.01) also finished first. Veteran Alex Walker had two first-place finishes in the lightweight men’s single (5:57.47) and also in the lightweight men’s double (5:10.30) alongside team mate Lee Hall. The varsity men’s eight finished second, behind UBC, in a time of 4:47.24.

The Vikes men’s coxed four of Andy Muth, Sam Garber, Andrew Hendrickson, Hall and Koudys earned second, crossing in 5:00.8. The lightweight men’s coxed four also earned silver (5:14.77), while Mark Davies and Connor McGuigan finished second and third, respectively in the men’s single.

The Vikes will return home to prepare for their last home meet before the Canadian University Rowing Championship. The Vikes will host the Head and Tail of the Gorge events on Oct. 25-26 at the Gorge Waterway in Victoria. The CURC national championship will take place at Elk Lake from Nov. 1-2.