Fantastic showing by the Brock Badgers at the 2014 championships.

The mens’ team did great job of winning the banner in a year when nearly half the team was competing for Brock as a varsity athlete for the first time. They were led by their coaches Iain Wilson (in his first year as the lightweight men’s coach) and Brandon Campbell (only in his second year as the heavy men’s coach) who put in a phenomenal effort as volunteer coaches while being full time students at Brock. The year started out with weak results while trying to build crews with so many new athletes but the results became better with each regatta because of their hard work. After the Brock Invitational Regatta It became clear it was possible but the Badgers were still in second behind Western. Grayson Gray set the tone in the first race by wining his heat in the lightweight single. The men then carried on by winning the men’s light eight, heavy four and light four, and also placed second in the men’s heavy eight and heavy double.

The women’s team also had a strong performance placing third overall which is great since two thirds of the women were new to the Brock varsity program. Both the heavy and light eights only had one returning athlete in the crews and yet the lightweight women placed third. The future looks bright as this young team builds experience in the coming years. The women’s team was also led by two new coaches Jacqui Beattie coaching the women and vince Amodeo coaching the light women. Katherine Walker had a third place finish in the light women’s single and the light women also placed third in the four.

For complete results and points click the links below.

2014 badger Celebration

Racing has been moved forward so finals begin at 10:30 with the last race at 2:15. There will be a tent at the waters edge in front of the HIH building for Alumni and friends of Brock Rowing. Some beverages and snacks will be provided. Once racing is complete everyone is encouraged to move to the Alumni clubhouse on top of the island for a BBQ courtesy of Dr. John Gleddie. There will also be a cash bar. We will also christen four new boats recognizing a long time volunteer and Badgers that have represented Canada internationally.

OUA Weekend

Join us this weekend at Henley Island for the OUA Rowing Championships. Racing will start at 7AM and run until 2:15PM. Brock is in strong contention to compete for both banners, as demonstrated the past two weekends at Brock Invite and Head of the Charles.

The OUA Development Regatta will take place this Friday. The regatta is for junior varsity and novice crews.

Attached are the preliminary lane draws:

OUA Championships Schedule

Development Regatta Schedule Sheet1

For Alumni and friends of Brock Rowing there will be a tent in front of the Henley Island Helpers booth to watch racing from. After the finals there will be a BBQ at the alumni clubhouse with cash bar. We are also christening four new shells so look forward to everyone being there.

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: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/index.jsp?job_id=3644&org_id=0

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 http://hotr.ca/results/.

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 https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/index.jsp?job_id=3706&org_id=0.