Monster Erg invades CARSA for second straight year on Sunday

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VICTORIA — A busy 2017 is about to kick into full gear for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing programs with the Monster Erg Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship set to invade the CARSA Performance Gym on January 22.
The event—free to watch—is the first of the New Year for both teams after a successful 2016. The men’s eight took the cake at CURC’s for the second time in three years and dominated once again at the Western Canadian Rowing Championships while the women put together two strong showings at the WCURC’s and CURC’s.

Last winter, carded athletes Taylor Perry and Patrick Keane posted great results during testing on the men’s side. Keane posted a 6:15.2, setting a new 2km record for Uvic lightweights, while Perry posted a 5:57.8, making him the first Vike to break 6 minutes since Olympian Kai Langerfeld (Rio 2016) in 2012.

For the women, Layla Balooch won the Under-23 Senior B final in a time of 7:10.3 while Danielle Vrielink, Avalon Wastenays and Roza Kalashnikoff swept the novice women’s event, pulling in the 7:30 range.

Ergs to watch this year include Samantha Coe and Elissa McCracken in the Novice category, Rebecca KingstonSarah Craven and Rachel Kalkman in Senior B Lightweight, Justine Foster and Judith Beestermoeller in Senior B, Olivia KingBecca Zimmerman, Jessica Phillips and Elaina Bourque in Senior A and Cassidy Fernandes in the Coxswains crawl.

About the Event

This is the second time that the Monster Erg will be held in the new CARSA facility in the 32nd year of the event. Monster Erg serves as a qualifier for Crash B’s, a massive Concept2 event in held annually in Boston. The yellow spirit section bleachers will be down in CARSA so you can cheer your favorite athletes and attendance and parking are free.

The event serves as a chance for all different types of athletes to come together ranging, from novices to Olympians.  Races are seeded in the center and then alternating the next fastest times on either side of them until all 24 ergs are full.  Flights are seeded with the 24 top ranked in the A final and the next ranking down to B, C and D finals.

Exciting events to watch include the team events which will have the top 6 heavyweights and 2 lightweights compete as a crew in the junior and open categories for both men and women!

Along with great racing, spectators can also purchase Concept II Erg machines as part of the event and walk away with them on the same day. Information on purchasing ergs can be found here.

By the Numbers

5:36.6 – The 2km world heavyweight men’s record to beat—held by New Zealand’s Rob Woodell
5:56.7 – The 2km world lightweight men’s record to beat – held by Dane Henrik Stephansen
6:25 – The 2km world heavyweight women’s record to beat – held by Olena Buryak from Ukraine
6:25 – The 2km world lightweight women’s record to beat—set by American Ursula Grobler
300 – The amount of entries from last year’s event
0 – The total dollars that parking and tickets will set you back for the event
1 – Huge screen projects the race with 24 people maximum racing at a single time

Coach’s Take
Aalbert Van Schothorst, Men’s Rowing Head Coach

“This new performance environment in CARSA is temperature controlled and that helps to create an atmosphere where athletes know they can come in and produce a top result. Knowing this allows athletes to remain focused on training during the tough months of winter. The motto “Are You Tough Enough” is as much about that training as it is about how much skill and mental toughness it takes to produce a personal best.”

Rick Crawley, Women’s Rowing Head Coach

“This is a selection event for the vikes women and training indicates that we will have a number of PB’s. There should be some good squad rivalries in the various events.”

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