VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes men’s and women’s rowing teams will host the top university crews from across B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan for the Western Canadian Rowing Championships taking place on Oct. 28 at Elk Lake.
Just one week out from the Canadian University Rowing Championships, hosted in Burnaby B.C. from Nov. 4-5, the regatta will allow the Vikes to see how they stack up against some of the competition they will face at Nationals.
“One week before Nationals makes this a good tune up event,” said Vikes women’s team head coach Rick Crawley. “There is a lot you can do in a few days once you figure out what your raw speed is.”
Despite the fact that the event is taking place on their home water, both Crawley and Vikes men’s head coach Aalbert Van Schothorst pointed out that there won’t be much, if any, of a home course advantage for the teams.
“The course goes in this week and nobody ever rows it (before the regatta),” said Van Schothorst.
“It’s nice to not have to travel but on the other hand, this is our second straight weekend of hosting and the athletes have to do a lot of the work when we host,” said Crawley.
Both crews come into the event after a successful weekend at both the Head and Tail of the Gorge regattas just one week ago.
“HOG-TOG was nice preparation and this will be further preparation for Nationals,” said Crawley.
About the Event
Both teams recorded strong performances at the event last year.
The men’s team captured the overall title thanks in part to first place finishes in the: four, single and pair as well as second place finishes in the: single, lightweight single, lightweight four, lightweight double and the eight.
The women’s team finished the event last year in second place as a team; winning the lightweight double and finishing second in the single, lightweight single, lightweight four and the eight.
Competing against the Vikes at the Championship will be their rivals from the University of British Columbia as well as crews from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, Fraser Valley University, the University of Regina and Lakeland College.
The one-day event will be jam-packed with action as the heats get underway at 8:30 a.m. with the final race of the day scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
4+: Bailey Kulman, Alexander Sawers, Alec Stapff, Travis Gronsdahl, Isaac Donaldson
Ltwt 1x: Patrick Keane
Ltwt 1x: Samuel Garber
Ltwt 1x: Adam Miller
Ltwt 1x: Idjen Cabral
Ltwt 1x: Ben Walls
1x: Lucien Brodeur
1x: Tyler Adams
1x: Daan Arscott
1x: Brett Larson
Lwt 4+: Andrea Chan, Samuel Garber, Sebastian Gulka, Chris Gulka, Patrick Keane
2-: Mathew Szymanowski, Taylor Perry
2-: Travis Gronsdahl, Isaac Donaldson
2-: Adam Donaldson, Mark Davies
2-: Alexander Sawers, Alec Stapff
Ltwt 2x: Sebastian Gulka, Chris Gulka
8+: Skylar Presch, Adam Donaldson, Lucien Brodeur, Mathew Szymanowski, Brett Larson, Tyler Adams, Daan Arscott, Mark Davies, Taylor Perry
8+: Bailey Kulman, Robert Hodgins, Phil Kirker, Alexander McRae, James Gjervan, Alexander Sawers, Alec Stapff, Travis Gronsdahl, Isaac Donaldson
4+: Jessica Bateman, Piper Battersby, Emma Gray, Layla Balooch, Lise McCracken
4+: Hana Chamberlain, Kirsten McKay, Judy Beestermoeller, Imogen White, Kirsten Edwards
Ltwt 1x: Reba Kingston
Ltwt 1x: Hannah Meeson
Ltwt 1x: Emily Arich
Ltwt 1x: Makala Mullaly
1x: Caileigh Filmer
Lwt 4+: Jessica Bateman, Reba Kingston, Hannah Meeson, Sarah Craven, Alanna Ward
Lwt 4+: Hana Chamberlain, Eden Hardcastle, Charlotte Junker, Emily Arich, Hayley Hubbs
2-: Olivia King, Morgan Cathrea
2-: Piper Battersby, McKenna Simpson
2-: Avalon Wasteneys, Emma Gray
2-: Jessica Stewart, Maxine Chapman
2-: Layla Balooch, Lise McCracken
Ltwt 2x: Sarah Craven, Alanna Ward
Ltwt 2x: Hannah Meeson, Emily Arich
8+: Cassidy Fernandes, McKenna Simpson, Larissa McKinlay, Jessica Stewart, Morgan Cathrea, Olivia King, Maxine Chapman, Avalon Wasteneys, Caileigh Filmer
8+: Hannah Kennedy, Kirsten McKay, Judy Beestermoeller, Imogen White, Kirsten Edwards, Layla Balooch, Emma Gray, Piper Battersby, Lise McCracken.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 – Western Canadian Rowing Championships @ Elk Lake – 8:30 a.m.– 3:40 p.m.