Sweet silvers for Vikes women¹s crews at national championship


By Ali Lee, 


(ISN ) – VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes rowing team wrapped up their performance at the 18th Canadian University Rowing Championship at Elk Lake with three silver medals and one bronze, while in team standings they finished third overall.

Western successfully defended their team title finishing with 117 points and the UBC Thunderbirds finished second with 102 points. The Vikes finished with 93 points.

The Vikes had three silver-medal performances in the lightweight women’s double, the women’s pair and the lightweight coxed four. Deborah Snell and Cate White timed in 7:35.42 behind Western’s Larissa Werbicki and Jill Moffatt (7:32.12) in the lightweight women’s double.

Madeline Spangehl and Becca Zimmerman earned Victoria’s second silver of the day crossing in 7:36.59 in the women’s pair. The Vikes finished behind UBC’s Zoe Fettig-Winn and Hillary Janssens who took gold in 7:35.39, while Western earned bronze in 7:38.19.

The Vikes women’s lightweight coxed four also earned a silver medal with a time of 7:13.66 behind Western (7:07.44). The Vikes crew consisted of Snell, Emily Garry, Amanda Pomphrey, White and Cassidy Fernandes. Queen’s took the bronze in 7:29.29.

The women’s eight captured a bronze for the Vikes as the crew of Kirsten McKay, Catherine Slamka, Beth McConnell,Maxine Chapman, Jillian Legare, Erin Moen, Spangehl, Zimmerman and Becky Wilder raced in 6:43.47. It was a tight race as UBC pulled ahead to take gold in 6:38.62, edging Western (6:40.53) who finished second. UBC was presented the Jane Thornton trophy for winning the eights.

McConnell’s first race of the day was in the women’s single ‘B’ Final where she finished 10th overall in 8:35.61. Garry raced in the lightweight women’s single ‘A’ Final where she finished fifth in 8:55.26.

The 2015 Canadian University Rowing Championship will return out east to Antigonish, Nova Scotia as St. Francis Xavier will host the 19th annual event.


10th – Beth McConnell (8:35.61)

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5th – Emily Garry (8:55.26)

3rd – Kirsten McKay, Catherine Slamka, Beth McConnell, Maxine Chapman, Jillian Legare, Erin Moen, Madeline Spangehl, Becca Zimmerman, Becky Wilder (6:43.47) – BRONZE

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2nd – Deborah Snell, Cate White (7:35.43) – SILVER

2nd – Madeline Spangehl, Becca Zimmerman (7:36.59) – SILVER

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2nd – Deborah Snell, Emily Garry, Amanda Pomphrey, Cate White, Cassidy Fernandes (7:13.66) – SILVER