BURNABY – The University of Victoria Vikes rowing crews had dominating performances on the opening day of the Canadian University Rowing Championship in Burnaby Lake. Vikes finished first in time trials for three women’s and four men’s events, while qualifying for A Finals in all 12 events.
On the men’s side Patrick Keane finished first in the men’s single in 6:55.083, while the pair of Taylor Perry and Matthew Szymanowski continued on from their gold-medal performance at the Western Championships to win the time trials today in 6:25.94.
The men’s lightweight coxed four and eights found redemption after both finished as runners-up to UBC at last week’s Western Championships. The coxed four of Patrick Keane, Sam Garber, Sebastian and Christian Gulka, and coxswain Bailey Kulman edged UBC by one second to finish in 6:11.00.
The men’s eights race was a tight one as coxswain Skylar Presch guided the Vikes to finish 0.374 seconds ahead of the Thunderbirds in a time of 5:36.584.
Lucien Brodeur qualified in the men’s single finishing second in 6:50.368, while the lightweight double of Gulka brothers Sebastian and Chris qualified after finishing third in their time trial in a time of 6:27.075.
Vikes women’s rowing standout Caileigh Filmer yet again dominated in the women’s single by over six seconds to finish first in 7:29.270. Queen’s rower Louise Munro was the next closest finisher as she crossed in 7:36.969.
Filmer and the women’s eights also took first in their opening day time trial as the Vikes wrapped up the final event of the day with a 6.9 second margin over second-placed UBC.
The Vikes also qualified for A Finals through the lightweight coxed four, the lightweight double and Rebecca Kingston in the lightweight single.
Despite the top performances seen in the time trials it is tomorrow’s races that really count as the event medallists and the team championship titles are on the line in the final day of the Canadian University Rowing Championship at Burnaby Lake.
Races begin at 9:00 a.m., with the men’s eight at 11:00 a.m. and the women’s eight wrapping up the day at 3:00 p.m. Click HERE for a full event list.
DAY 1 RESULTS – Canadian University Rowing Championship
Luc Brodeur (6:50.368)*
Mens Lwt 1x
Patrick Keane (6:55.083)*
Caileigh Filmer (7:29.27)*
Womens Lwt 1x
Rebecca Kingston (7:50.401)*