By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s rowing team completed the San Diego Crew Classic in California, Mar. 28-29, with the varsity crew finishing fifth in the eights race. Meanwhile at Elk Lake, the women’s coxed four won the Dualing Over A Grand competition, also on Mar. 28-29.
The Vikes varsity eights raced through a tight field on Sunday to finish fifth in 6:47.52. Southern California won the race in 6:38.15, while Texas finished second. It was a battle for third place as San Diego, UCLA, UVic and UBC edged each other to the finish line, but in the end it was UBC who claimed the bronze medal in a 1.5 second margin from sixth-place finisher UCLA.
“We had an excellent [Crew Classic] race but the girls felt they could have gone faster,” said Rick Crawley, Vikes women’s rowing head coach. “Both Canadian schools showed we can compete with big name Division 1 schools in the US and the Vikes women were ecstatic to beat UCLA and be so close to Texas, Southern California and San Diego.”
Over at Elk Lake, the women’s coxed four consisting of Jessica Bateman-Wallace, Kirsten McKay, Maxine Chapman and Emma Durham finished first in a time of 3.52.24, outperforming their teammates Courtney Smith, Hanna Jenks, Emily Peacock and Giorgia Van Brunschot who finished second in 4:00.04.
The Vikes women will be joining the men’s crew for their next big competition, the annual Brown Cup, hosted by UBC on Apr. 4.
San Diego Crew Classic – Results
1. Southern California (6:38.15)
2. Texas Austin (6:39.74)
3. UBC (6:46.16)
4. San Diego (6:46.22)
5. UVic Vikes (6:47.52)
6. UCLA (6:47.84)
7. Grand Valley (7:08.16)
Dualing Over A Grand – Results
1st – JV4+ (Jessica Bateman-Wallace, Kirsten McKay, Maxine Chapman, Emma Durham) 3:52.24
2nd – JV4+ (Courtney Smith, Hanna Jenks, Giorgia Van Brunschot, Emily Peacock) 4:00.04
3rd – Novice 4+ (Larissa McKinlay, Melissa Fiddick, Ellen deCrom, Yip van Muiljwijk)
4th – Novice 4+ (Rebecca Kingston, Brittany Freund, Kiara Gannon, Sonya Huser)