Vikes perform well against tough competition in two events over the weekend

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VICTORIA—The UVic Vikes rowing teams posted some great times and also gained some valuable experience this past week at both the National Rowing Championships and the Canada Cup Regatta.

“This was an excellent weekend of racing. The Vikes top boats did well and the youngsters rowed hard, improved and gained valuable experience,” said Vikes women’s head coach Rick Crawley.

The Vikes competed at the National Rowing Championships from September 22-24, with the top competitors then going on to represent their home province in the prestigious Canada Cup Regatta on September 25.

The Vikes men came out flying in the NRC’s, winning multiple medals and setting a strong precedent for the season to come.

Ty Adams won the silver in the U-19 1x, while Patrick Keane won gold in the U-23 1x. In the pairs events, Adam Donaldson and Mark Davies took home the silver in the U-23 M 2, while Isaac Donaldson and Liam Keane captured the gold in the U-19 M 2.

“To have as many people place as high as they did sets us up well to move back into the larger boats and work on combining our skills,” said Vikes rower Adam Donaldson.

Not to be outdone by the men, the Vikes women were also very successful in the National Rowing Championships.

Becca Zimmerman and Olivia King finished 5th in the pair A final, while Larissa McKinlay and Justine Foster won the D final and finished 19th overall. Jessica Bateman won the lightweight women’s B final, which placed her 7th overall and gave her bronze in the U-23 division. Finally, Kirsten McKayrowed to a 6th place finish in the C final.

After the NRC’s it was time for the Canada Cup, and the Vikes rowers relished the opportunity to compete against and alongside some of the best rowers in the nation.

“The Canada Cup was a lot of fun since we got to represent our province and race with people who we had been competing against all week,” said Donaldson.

In the men’s eight, team B.C. had the Donaldson brothers competing from the Vikes. Adam and Isaac powered B.C. to a silver medal.

“It would have been nice to take 1st place in the 8, but it was fun to race alongside my brother nonetheless,” said Donaldson.

Ty Adams and Alexander Matson won gold for B.C. in the U-21 Quad. Last but not least for the men,  Patrick Keane won gold in the Lightweight Men’s Quad.

The Vikes women had a very successful day at the Canada Cup Regatta, capturing multiple medals for their home provinces

Becca Zimmerman and Olivia King won the gold medal in the B.C. eight, beating Ontario by a substantial margin. Jessica Bateman also claimed gold as a member of the B.C. lightweight women’s quad.

“Overall we are extremely happy with the performances from this week and feel that the results speak a lot to the direction that the program is headed in,” said Aalbert Van Schothorst, head coach of the Vikes men’s rowing team.

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