VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of British Columbia men’s and women’s rowing teams both got off to a good start on day one of the 18th Canadian University Rowing Championship hosted at Elk Lake in Victoria, BC. Both T-Birds men and women crews qualified for the ‘A’ finals in all six events that they competed in and were highlighted by first-place time trial finishes in the women’s eight and pair, and men’s coxed lightweight four events. Finals are set for Sunday.
Today’s time trials seed the top six in each event for the ‘A’ Finals on Sunday, while the following six will race in ‘B’ or ‘C’ finals depending on the number of entries.
On the women’s side, both UBC and Western Ontario were the only two universities to advance all six boats to the ‘A’ finals tomorrow. The women captured finishes ranked higher than fifth for all six crews. Notable performances on the women’s side include first-place finishes from both women’s pair and eight boats in the time trial.
UBC’s men showed good depth and poise in Saturday’s time trials as they were also the only team, other than hosts UVic, to have six of six boats advance to ‘A’ finals on the men’s side. The T-Birds were also the most consistent team on the day with all crews finishing with at least a fourth-place finish, not to mention claiming first in the men’s coxed lightweight four time trial.
Men’s head coach Mike Pierce was happy with the crews performance today. “We witnessed some very good speed in all events today and there will certainly be a lot of exciting finals tomorrow.”
“An incredible 0.2 seconds separated the big four Universities (UBC, UVic, Brock and Western) in the men’s eight so it’s going to be hard-hats-on for the finals, not to mention dealing with some point spread spoilers from programs like Trent and Carlton in the small boat categories. The winners Sunday will be the ones that find a way to step up their game” said Pierce.
All 12 competing Birds’ crews will turn around for tomorrow’s head-to-head ‘A’ finals, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Elk Lake.
November 1st Time Trial results:
5th – Rachel Vukovich (7:09.51) Qualified for ‘A’ final
4th – Jannelle Mackoff (7:19.06) Qualified for ‘A’ final
3rd – Jannelle Mackoff, Julie Sheppard (6:51.31) Qualified for ‘A’ final
4th – Eben Prevec, Benjamin de Wit (6:03.14) Qualified for ‘A’ final
3rd – Alex Janzen (6:23.18) Qualified for ‘A’ final
2nd – Callum MacKenzie (6:38.56) Qualified for ‘A’ final