Successful Weekend at Head Of The Charles

The Brock Badgers came home with two medals from the prestigious Head Of The Charles this past weekend. The Lightweight Men’s 4+ and Lightweight Women’s 4+ won silver, while the Heavyweight Women’s 4+ came sixth, and the Heavyweight Men’s 8+ came 35th.

The Men’s Lightweight 4+, consisting of James Myers, Grayson Gray, James Potts, Taylor Ashwood, and Amy MacLean finished just four seconds behind the London Training Centre crew. As they were only .47% of Gold Medal Standard behind the first place boat, they have qualified the boat for next years regatta.

The Women’s Lightweight 4+, with Emma Sheehan, Jen Beaudette, Katherine Walker, Lindsay MacLean, and Laura Court was 14 seconds behind first place Princeton University. Like the men’s boat, the women have also qualified the boat for next year with a 1.25% difference between first and second.

Crews are now gearing up for the OUA and OUA Development Championships taking place this weekend at Henley Island. The program is going into the regatta with high hopes after another great weekend of racing.

Full results can be found at:

Lady Badgers Start Charles Regatta With Great Race

Brock Badgers were well represented in the women’s collegiate four event at the Head of the Charles Regatta with a 6th place finish out of a field of 36 entries. Only 1.1 seconds separated the Badgers from third place in a 19 minute race. The crew of Lizzie Fuller, Taylor Issepon, Lauren Piedl, Anike Vanagas and coxswain Andrea Jansen were the only Brock crew to race Saturday. Andrea felt they had great race from start to finish only being held up a little as four crews tried to squeeze through Weeks bridge. Now they will get ready to race next Saturday at the Ontario University Rowing Championships hosted by Brock.

Sunday three more Badger crews will race in the Women’s light four, Men’s light four and the Men’s Championship eight.

Badgers Win Three Gold, Collect More Than 1,000 Pounds of Food at Brock Invite

As temperatures dipped below 5°C, the Brock Badgers rowing team took to their home course on Henley Island for the Brock Invitational regatta. The regatta, which is used as a seeding regatta for the OUA Championships taking place two weeks from now, brought schools from around Ontario to Port Dalhousie. There were many highlights for Brock at the regatta, including three gold medals. However, the big event of the day was the food donations collected for ‘Community Cares’. A rough estimate suggests that anywhere from 1,200-1,500 pounds of food was collected. The food drive, which was organized by head coach Peter Somerwil, will give families in need much needed help at Thanksgiving. Most athletes at the regatta will eat more in one day than some families will eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

Winning gold for Brock were the Lightweight Men’s 4+, the Heavyweight Men’s 4+, and the Lightweight Men’s 8+. The lightweight Men’s 4+, consisting of James Myers, Grayson Gray, James Potts, Taylor Ashwood, and Amy MacLean, held off the Western Mustangs crew by two seconds, finishing in a time of 6:19.03. Myers, Potts, Ashwood, and MacLean teamed up with Bryan Haakman, Eric Buchanan, Michael Brunton, Connor Pepper, and Austin Cameron. The crew defeated second place Western by just over a second, completing the race in 5:50.62 seconds. The last gold medal for Brock came from the Heavyweight Men’s 4+, who remained undefeated on the season. David De Groot, Matt Finley, Will Bryden, Matt Wortley, and Earl Cabaluna finished in front of second place Western by 4 seconds. Through 1000 metres both crews were very close, but in the last half of the race the Badgers crew made a strong push and opening the lead.

There were several other crews who medaled on Saturday. Finishing second was the Men’s Lightweight 1x, the Women’s Lightweight 1x, the Men’s Heavy 2x, the Women’s Lightweight 2x, and the Men’s Heavyweight 8+. Coming third was the Women’s Lightweight 8+, with all members of the crew in their first year of varsity rowing. With the OUA Championships just two weeks away, it appears that Brock is in a strong position to win championships banners.

There will be four crews in Boston, Massachusetts next weekend to race the famous Head of the Charles Regatta. The Men’s Heavyweight 8+, the Women’s Heavyweight 4+, the Women’s Lightweight 4+, and the Men’s Lightweight 4+ will all be participating in one of the largest regattas in the world. The rest of the team will be racing in Guelph next weekend, with all crews preparing for the OUA Championships and OUA Development Regatta on the 24th and 25th of October.

Full results are attached.

Results Brock Invite

Badgers Win Two Gold at Head of The Trent

The Brock Badgers rowing team continued their strong start to the season on Saturday, winning two gold medals at the Head of the Trent Regatta, in Peterborough, Ont. Known as the largest single day regatta in North America, Head of the Trent provides a challenging course often mixed with poor weather. Today was no exception, as a combination of rain and a strong tailwind made for tricky racing conditions.

The Badgers were well represented in small boats, with four singles and five doubles being raced. Zachary Koroll started the day off for Brock finishing 9th in the Club Single, and shortly after Luc Brodeur finished 5th in the University Heavyweight Single. In the Women’s’ Lightweight Single Katherine Walker came 4th, while in the Heavyweight Single Stephanie Mowder came second, just 17 seconds behind first place Western University. Two crews entered the University Heavyweight Men’s’ Double, producing a second and sixth place finish. Both Lightweight Men’s and Women’s boats finished seventh in their event, while the Heavyweight Women’s’ Double finished eighth.

Winning the Badgers first gold medal of the day was the Heavyweight Men’s Coxed Four of David de Groote, Matt Finley, Will Bryden, Matt Wortley, and Earl Cabaluna. The crew finished the race in 15:51, beating Western University by seven seconds. Just missing gold was the Lightweight Men’s Coxed Four, coming second to Western by five seconds. The two crews were at it again later in the day, as they combined to form part of the heavyweight and lightweight boats that each came second. There were two Junior Varsity 8+’s racing as well. Competing in the Club 8 event, one boat finished third while the other was disqualified.

It was a successful day for the women’s program as well. Winning Brock’s second gold of the day was the Lightweight Coxed 4 of Emma Sheehan, Katherine Walker, Jen Beaudette, Lindsay MacLean, and Laura Court. They finished the course in a time of 18:09, beating second place Queen’s. The time would have also been fast enough to win the Heavyweight Women’s Coxed 4. In that event, Brock narrowly missed second place, coming third behind Queen’s by .3 of a second. The Lightweight Women’s 8+, with only one returning athlete in the boat, finished fourth in their event.

In their second regatta of the season, the Brock Novice team showed improvement on their way to good performances. The Men’s 8+ finished second, while Women’s 8+’s finished 8th and 14th.

Brock will be in action this upcoming Saturday in their first home regatta of the season, the Brock Invitational.

For full results, visit

Badgers Capture 24 Medals, 10 Gold, at Five Bridges Fall Classic

On a busy day at the Five Bridges Classic in Welland, the Brock rowing team captured a total of 24 medals. Leading the way was the combination of James Myers and Grayson Gray, who each won three medals. That includes races in the Mens’ Open Lightweight 1x, in which Myers took first and Gray was a close second; the Mens’ University 4+, where Myers and Gray teamed up with Amy MacLean, James Potts, and Taylor Ashwood for a second place finish; and the Mens’ Open Lightweight 2x, winning gold by over a minute.

Eight other crews won gold for Brock, giving them a total of 10 on the day. Stephanie Mowder was the lone Brock entry in the University Women’s 1x race, however she held off three University of Ontario Institute of Technology boats, winning by over two minutes. In the University Men’s 4+, the crew of David de Groot, Matt Finley, Luc Brodeur, Matt Wortley, and Earl Cabaluna bested the Brock lightweight crew by just eight seconds to claim gold. The Badgers also captured gold in the University Women’s 4+, with Kate Aitken, Anike Vanagas, Katie Klassen, Taylor Iseppon, and Allison Knott teaming up to beat UOIT by close to two minutes.

Brock also had success in smaller boats, with the Men’s 2x of Justin Buttigieg and Jacob Thomas, the Women’s 2x of Stephanie Mowder and Katie Klassen, and the Women’s Lightweight 2x of Emma Sheehan and Lindsay MacLean all winning gold.

The novice rowing season got underway this weekend, and the Badgers had their first taste of success. The women’s novice 8+ won gold, while all other novice boats captured medals. Novice athletes have been training hard since the start of September, and will be competing every weekend this fall, concluding with the Ontario University Rowing Development Regatta on October 24th.

All crews will be in action next weekend, as the team travels to Trent University to compete in the Head of the Trent regatta.

Full results can be found at

Brock Rowers Win Medals at Commonwealth Regatta

Canadian rowers had a great showing at the Commonwealth Regatta in Strathclyde Scotland. Two Brock rowers, Katherine Walker and Dave de Groot were part of the team of twelve athletes representing Canada.

Katherine is the Golden girl as the only Canadian athlete to be a double Gold medalist at the regatta. First Katherine rowed with Jill Moffat in the lightweight women’s double to beat England for gold with a comfortable margin. Then Katherine raced the lightweight women’s single dash winning by a half a length over England.

Dave raced first in the mens four with Jakub Buczek, Lee hall and Kieran Tierney in a tight race that saw the lead change several times with Canada finishing second for a silver behind England. Then Dave teamed up with Jakub in the men’s pair were they raced well winning a bronze medal behind the winners Scotland and second place England.

Katherine and Dave then were part of Canada’s mixed eight winning another Bronze medal behind Gold medalists Wales and the silver medalists Scotland.

U23 Medals Followed Up With Men’s Quad win in B Final

On the final day of racing at the Under 23 World Championships the men’s quad finished first in the B Final with a time of 5:52.42. (This was faster than 6th and 5th place in the A Final). Unfortunately Matt Wortley suffered a rib injury in a tough semi-fiinal battle for the last qualifying spot for the A final. Matt was replaced by Tim Schrijver who had just won gold in the cox four yesterday. It’s a real testament to Tim’s versatility, the depth of the Brock program and the benefit of having 12 singles for training at Brock. All the top athletes have the chance to become proficient at both sweep and sculling.

Brock athletes figured prominently in two of the three Canadian crews that medaled at the U23 Championships. The bronze won by James Myers and Grayson Gray was the first lightweight medal to be won at a U23 Championships since 2005.

A big thank you to the entire team at Brock who make this possible, from the coaches to the physical therapy staff and supporting alumni and friends of Brock Rowing. We will continue to thrive with continued support from the entire extended team.


Brock Rowers 1st and 3rd at Under 23 World Championships

Tim Schrijver in Canada’s men’s cox four won today at the under 23 World Championships in Varese Italy. Canada won a tight race against New Zeeland a powerhouse in rowing beating them by just over a second. Canada was in the lead going into the final but had a tough sprint rating 44 hold the lead over New Zeeland.

timTim started his rowing career four years ago in the novice program at Brock. After his second year he represented Canada at the  U23 World Championships in 2012 but due to injury was forced to miss the 2013 championships. Tim was always a dedicated athlete and team player working hard academically and in rowing so it is great to see his success. Tim will now move full time to the Victoria Training centre working for a berth on the 2016 Olympic team and victory in Rio de Janeiro.

An all Brock lightweight mens pair of James Myers and Grayson Gray also medaled in Varese placing third behind the Czech Republic and Great Britain, with all three boats within a second of each other. This was their first attempt at the u23 team but both have worked hard over the last seven years in high school, club rowing and two years at Brock. Both have another year of U23 eligibility so you can expect to see them at the world rowing championships again.

Grayson Gray  James MyersGrayson is a science major in mathematics and computer applications and James is a science major in chemistry.

Three other Brock athletes are at the world championships. Matt Wortley and Matt Finley are in the men’s quad and will race in the B final tomorrow. Katherine Walker was competing in the lightweight women’s double placing third in the C final. katherine will move on to Glasgow to compete at the Commonwealth Regatta. Dave de Groote will join Katherine as part of the Canadian team in Glasgow.

Record Number of Brock Athletes Representing Canada This Summer





2014 National Team Members

Matt Finley,  Tim Schrijver,  Dave de Groot,   Katherine Walker,  James Myers,  Grayson Gray,   Matt Wortley

A record number of Brock rowers will be representing Canada this summer. The under 23 World Championships will be held in Varese Italy July 23-27th. Matt Finley and Matt Wortley will be in the men’s quad, Tim Schrijver will be in the men’s cox four, Katherine Walker will be in the women’s lightweight double, James Myers and Grayson Gray will be the men’s light weight pair.

Dave de Groot will be in multiple events representing Canada at the Commonwealth Regatta which is going to be held in Strathclyde Scotland August 9-10th. Brock’s head coach Peter Somerwil will be going as one of three coaches to the Commonwealth Regatta.

Still to be confirmed but with a good shot at representing Canada at the World Championships is Brock Alum Eric Woelfl.

Good luck to the team with their training and looking forward to some outstanding results.