Monster Erg

By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA – Rowers from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest are set to make the journey to the University of Victoria to compete in the 31st Annual Monster Erg – Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship. This year’s event will be the first time in 31 years that the competition leaves the McKinnon Gym in favour of the brand new state-of-the-art CARSA Performance Gym.

The event features a total of 33 events ranging from Junior Novice to Master and serves as a qualifier for the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships on Feb. 28 in Boston, Mass. Most races will be 2000-metres and will take place in 15-minute intervals beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Master’s women’s heavyweight and lightweight divisions will begin the day of competition before the junior novice men (Doubles, 1000-metres) conclude the event.

The Vikes rowers will find out if they are tough enough to best their opponents in a race that will push their mental and physical fortitude to the limits. The Vikes have been training off the water for this event all season in the ergometer room at CARSA pulling thousands of strokes and it will all come down to six minutes of high endurance competition on Jan. 24.

Rowers from Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and as far away as Ottawa will compete in the event. Many local Vancouver Island schools and community clubs including Shawnigan Lake School and Gorge Narrows Rowing Club will also compete. Canadian National team members such as U23 World Championship gold medal winner Taylor Perry will be competing as part of Rowing Canada’s Victoria Training Center, whose athletes are working towards competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

“The Monster Erg has always been a well-respected event on the rowing calendar, and hosting it in CARSA this year gives it an extra level of excitement for spectators and athletes that positions it to become the marquis indoor rowing event in Canada,” said Vikes men’s rowing head coach Aalbert Van Schothorst. “Competing in the Indoor Rowing Championships has become a rite of passage for rowers and the experience is the same for a Novice or Olympian as they all strive for personal bests.”

Among the competing Vikes rowers is second year Luc Brodeur, who was just seconds shy of breaking the Vikes 6-km ergometer record held by Olympic hopeful Kai Langerfeld in December of 2015. The St. Catharines, Ont. native is looking to eclipse the six-minute mark to make him the fastest athlete in the program. First year Patrick Keane is looking to improve his personal best of 6:24 in the lightweight category after joining the Vikes having already developed a solid pedigree from his experience at Junior Worlds and U23 Worlds in the Fall of 2015. His achievements helped secure him Rowing Canada National Team carding to help him train towards his goal of attending the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

On the women’s side, first-year Vike Larissa McKinlay was one of the top novices of 2014-15 with her personal best of 7:25 at last season’s Monster Erg. A young up-and-comer, McKinlay will look to improve on her November time of 7:14 at this year’s event. Fourth year Cate White will use the Monster Erg as a crucial part of her training towards her goal of earning a spot on the Canadian U23 National Team.

The athletes will be competing on 24 brand new Concept2 ergs, which are up for purchase after the athletes compete to help support the Vikes Rowing program. The Vikes will be in action from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 at the CARSA Performance Gym.


List of Vikes Competing Athletes:

Novice Women – Event 8

Danielle Vrielink
Roza Kalashnikoff
Alanna Grant
Avalon Wasteneys
Randall Goodwyn

Novice Men – Event 9

Bryson Kent
Alexander Sawyers
Lucas Draycott
Jordan Hilsop
Matt Rudd
David Shaw
Joel Greico

Sr. B LWT Women – Event 10

Cate White
Emily Whitaker
Lauren Goforth
Maia Christian
Mckenna Simpson
Reba Kingston
Deborah Snell

Sr. B LWT Men – Event 12

Patrick Keane
Chris Clarke
Graham Connell
Amir Harding
Sebastian Gulka
Christian Gulka
Nicholas Graham
Andrew Hendrickson

Sr. B Women – Event 14

Courtney Smith
Emma Durham
Jessica Wallace
Jillian Legare
Judy Beestermoller
Kirstin McKay
Madeline Spangehl
Melissa Fiddick
Olivia King

Sr. B Men – Event 16

Luc Brodeur
Mark Davies
Adam Donaldson
Mathew Szymanowski
Daan Arscott
Logan LeFort
Travis Gronsdahl
Robert Hodgins
David Nicmans
Nic Monette
Miles Krakowec-Tickner
Samuel Hogman
Noah Robinson-Dunning
Jamie Ferguson

Sr. A Men – Event 17

Elyas Forstbauer
Brett Larson