Eastern-based athletes took to the waters of Fanshawe Lake this past weekend to race the Eastern Spring Trials.
This regatta allowed the athletes to test the effectiveness of their winter training programs. It also provided, for the coaches, a ranking of the athletes. Crew selection will take place over the coming weeks in what will be a very important Olympic qualifying summer for the Canadian team.
Athletes of all levels and categories competed in London, however the weekend was of particular importance to the senior heavyweight women’s team, the lightweight men, and the lightweight women’s teams.
On Saturday, powerhouse Carling Zeeman once again demonstrated her might by dominating the singles event.
“I have been looking forward to this race for a while,” explained Zeeman, who hails from Cambridge, Ontario. “It was great to finally be able to let the DAWGS out!”
Weather conditions for the morning time trial portion, which served to seed the crews for the finals, were picture perfect. However they did not last.
“The wind picked up significantly for the finals so I am not happy with my time,” said Zeeman, “but my teammates always push me and I had to work hard to get into that number one spot.”
Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach, from Smithers, B.C., finished in second place behind Zeeman, while Kerry Shaffer from Welland, Ontario, rounded out the top three.
The Spring Trials East is an important event leading to the eventual selection of the Senior National Team.
The Canadian team has a busy regatta schedule this summer, racing at such events as the Pan American Games Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario, World Cup races in Europe, as well as the World Championship/Olympic qualification regatta in France.
For a full list of this weekend’s results,click here.