Badger Crews Have Big Weekend on International Stage

Brock Rowing kicked off their 2016 season this past weekend, as the Heavyweight Men’s 8+ competed in the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. Considered one of the most prestigious events of the regatta, this invitation-only race brings together the top rowing programs from around North America. Yale University, defending champions of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta, finished first overall in a time of 5:58. The Brock crew, consisting of coxswain Jamie Germond, Luke Gadsdon, Matt Finley, Nick Heffernan, Zack Koroll, Matt Gamey, Scott Murphy, Zak Lewis, and Ryan Malcowski finished 8th overall. The team will begin small boat training in preparation for Rowing Canada Spring Trials and the Dad Vail Regatta. Spring Trials take place in Welland on the May 14th weekend, while Dad Vail is the same weekend in Philadelphia.

Alumni of Brock were also in action on the international stage this weekend, as Tim Schrijver and Eric Woelfl competed for Canada in the Men’s 4- event at the Memorial Paolo D’Aloja Regatta in Piediluco, Italy. Tim, in the Heavyweight Men’s 4-, finished in 2nd while Eric, in the Lightweight 4-, finished in 3rd. They will now travel to Corgeno, Italy in preparation for World Cup 1, which begins on April 15th in Varese. World Cup 1 serves as one of the final regattas before Canadian crews head to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympics. Lineups for crews will be announced on June 28th.


Full results from the weekend can be found at and

1st Annual Brock Rowing Gala


Join alumni, current team members, friends and family of the Brock Rowing program at the Inaugural Brock Rowing Gala for an evening of fun, celebration and camaraderie. The event will feature a silent auction, games, prizes, music and a delicious five-course meal. This is to become an annual fundraising event honouring Brock Rowing and its supporters.

Brock Rowing is proud to present Dr. Melanie Kok as our guest speaker.

Melanie is a Canadian rower and five-time member of the Canadian National Rowing team. She has won two World Cup medals, two World Rowing Championships medals, a Pan Am Games silver medal, as well as a bronze medal in the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls at the 2008 Olympic Games. Melanie is also incredibly accomplished in her professional life, holding a Master’s Degree and PhD in Neuroscience. The University of Western Ontario scholar recently earned a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.

Gala tickets are $75.00. A table of  ten people can be purchased for $690.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Please register by purchasing a ticket online  by Monday, March 14, 2016.

An after-party will be organized for guests planning on continuing the festivities after the Gala. More details will be announced as the event approaches.

Please visit our Facebook Event Page closer to the event for more details.

Brock Men finish 2nd; Women finish 4th at Canadian University Rowing Championships

Competing against the top universities in the country, the Brock Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams showed they remain one of the premier programs in the country. The regatta, which was hosted by St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, brings together the top schools in the country to compete for the National Championships. Western continued their dominant ways, winning the Men’s and Women’s Championships, a week after doing the same at OUA’s.

Third year student Matt Finley was the first Badger on the water Sunday, racing the Heavyweight Men’s 1x. In his first of three races on the day, he finished in 4th place. Karl Zimmermann of McMaster took gold, finishing in 7:06. The next men’s race of the day, the Lightweight Men’s 1x, had James Myers finishing in 4th place. Western Ontario’s Matt Christie picked up gold, finishing just 3 seconds ahead of Myers in a time of 7:13. Myers and Finley were both part of the Men’s 8+, along with coxie Jamie Germond, Luke Gadsdon, Dave de Groot, Zachary Koroll, Zak Lewis, Scott Murphy, and Spencer Brennan. The crew capped off their season winning gold in a time of 5:50, two seconds ahead of Western Ontario.

Winning bronze in the Lightweight Men’s 2x was Grayson Gray and Taylor Ashwood, with University of Victoria coming first with Trent University close behind in 2nd. Shortly after, Finley and de Groot won their second gold of the day in the Men’s 2-, beating second place Western Ontario by five seconds. It was a great finish to the season for the duo, after finishing second at NRC’s and winning OUA’s. The last race of the day for the men’s team was the Lightweight Men’s 4+, featuring Germond, Gray, Ashwood, Brandan Andrews and Zach Whiteley. Western Ontario finished in first place, five seconds ahead of Brock.

On the women’s side, Jen Beaudette and Vicky Lea Thompson got the day started in the Lightweight Women’s 2x, finishing in 6th place. The Western Ontario 2x of Larissa Werbicki and Jill Moffat dominated the field, finishing 13 seconds ahead of University of Victoria. The Women’s 2- won the first medal of the day in the next race, coming second overall. Steph Mowder and Kat Walker, racing for the first time together, finished four seconds behind the University of British Columbia crew made up of Hillary Janssens and Emily Gersons. The Lightweight Women’s 4+, with Beaudette, Thompson, Sarah Mambella, Erin Corkery, and coxie Laura Court finished in 5th place, with Western Ontario winning by nine seconds over second place University of Victoria.

The two members of the silver medal winning 2-, Walker and Mowder both raced in 1x events later in the day. Racing the Women’s Heavyweight 1x was Mowder, and she repeated her bronze medal performance from OUA’s coming in third. Winning gold was Layla Balooch of University of Victoria with Larkin Davenport-Huyer of Queen’s University finishing in second place. Walker came in 4th place in the Lightweight Women’s 1x, with her FISU 2x partner Alex Stefanovski of Western Ontario finishing in 1st. The final event of the day, the Women’s 8+, was won by University of British Columbia. Coxie Andrea Jansen, Jen Beaudette, Alyssa Toffolo, Karen Dancy, Isabella Mazzarolo, Taylor Iseppon, Alex Dunlap, Corkery and Mambella finished in 6th place.

Matt Finley won Male Rower of the Year on Sunday night, while HeadCoach/Heavyweight Men’s Peter Somerwil won Men’s Coach of the Year. Finley won gold in both the 8+ and 2- at OUA’s and CURC’s, while Somerwil guided his crews to winning three events at the OUA’s and two events at CURC’s. Matt Waddell of Western Ontario was name Women’s Coach of the Year. Hillary Janssens of UBC won Women’s Rower of the Year.

Full results can be found at Regatta Data.

Brock men win OUA silver; women win bronze

Brock showed once again that they remain one of the top rowing programs in the OUA on Saturday, as the Badgers men’s team came second overall in points, while the women’s team finished third. The Western Mustangs went home with both the men’s and women’s banners this year; the men defeated Brock by just 33 points, while the women’s team beat second place Queen’s University by 300 points.

Brock started the day on a high note, as Dave de Groot and Matt Finley captured gold in the Men’s 2- in a time of 6:43.17, beating Western by 4 seconds. The Men’s Heavyweight 4+, with coxie Jamie Germond, Luke Gadsdon, Zachary Koroll, Zak Lewis, and Scott Murphy won beat second place Western by 7 seconds to claim gold. After finishing second at Head of the Trent, the crew finished their season in style by winning both the Brock Invitational and OUA Championship. The Brock heavyweights also picked up gold in one of the most prestigious events of the regatta, the heavyweight Men’s 8+. The crew, with Germond, Gadsdon, Finley, de Groot, Koroll, Lewis, Murphy, Nick Heffernan, and Spencer Brennan led the entire race, eventually winning by 4 seconds.

On the women’s side, Brock also had a very successful regatta. Katherine Walker and Stephanie Mowder finished off their dominant season by winning gold in the Women’s 2x, 8 seconds ahead of Queen’s. After placing second at Head of the Trent, they won gold at both the Brock Invitational and OUA Championship. In the final women’s event of the day, the Lightweight 2-, Walker teamed up with Jen Beaudette to win gold by 8 seconds over Western University.

The men’s team picked up six more medals on Saturday, as the Lightweight 8+, Lightweight 4+, Lightweight 2x, and Lightweight 1x won silver, and the Heavyweight Men’s 1x and Lightweight Men’s 2- came third. In the Lightweight 8+ coxie Amy MacLean, James Myers, Brandan Andrews, James Potts, Brandon D’Orazio, Jacob Thomas, Perseus Taylor, John Hagemans, and Eric Buchanan finished 9 seconds behind Western. The Lightweight 4+ of Andrews, Grayson Gray, Taylor Ashwood, and Zach Whiteley finished 6 seconds back of Western. Shortly before the 4+, Gray and Ashwood raced the Lightweight 2x, finishing 3 seconds behind Trent. James Myers had a close race in the Lightweight 1x, losing to Trent by just .7 of a second. Will Bryden placed third in the Heavyweight 1x, 9 seconds behind Western. D’Orazio and Potts placed third overall in the Lightweight 2-.

Other crews winning medals for the women’s team were the Heavyweight 1x, and Lightweight Women’s 2x. Stephanie Mowder had a close race in the 1x, losing to Laurentian by 6 seconds. It was a tight race to the line, with Western winning silver by just .2 of a second. Vicky Lea Thompson and Jen Beaudette captured bronze in the Lightweight 2x, losing to Western and University of Ottawa.

Four Brock athletes were nominated for OUA Rower of the year; Luke Gadsdon, Matt Finley, and Dave de Groot for the men’s award, and Katherine Walker on the women’s side. Dave de Groot and Emily Jago of Laurentian were the recipients of the award. Jacquie Beattie and Peter Somerwil were both nominated for Women’s and Men’s Coach of the Year.

Brock crews are now preparing for the Canadian University Rowing Championships, which take place next weekend in Lochaber, Nova Scotia. The event, hosted by St. Francis Xavier University, will be the first time a national championship regatta has taken place east of Montreal. The team leaves Brock on Wednesday, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

The Lightweight Women's 2x after winning bronze.

The Lightweight Women’s 2x after winning bronze.

Katherine Walker and Stephaine Mowder after winning gold in the Heavyweight Women's 2x. Photo credit to Jade Farhat.

Katherine Walker and Stephaine Mowder after winning gold in the Heavyweight Women’s 2x. Photo credit to Jade Farhat.

Badgers overcome cold conditions to win five gold at Brock Invitational

After a week of intense training over the fall reading week, the Brock Badgers rowing team hosted the annual Brock Invitational Regatta on Saturday.   The Brock Invitational is an important day of racing in the fall university racing season, marking the first 2000m competition for most crews as well as acting as a seeding for the upcoming OUA Championships.  Brock had a strong showing on their home course, confronting cold temperatures and gusty winds, and coming away with 5 gold medal finishes.  Badger crews wore pink to show their support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The first gold medal of the day for the Badgers was earned by Matt Finley and Dave De Groot in the Men’s 2-.  The men kept the momentum going, winning gold in the Men’s 4+, consisting of Zak Lewis, Scott Murphy, Luke Gadsdon, Zachory Koroll and Jamie Germond.  The Men’s 8+ had a second place finish.  Racing the Men’s 1x, Will Bryden overcame broken equipment in his heat and placed a strong third in the final.  Taylor Ashwood and Grayson Gray won gold in the Lightweight Men’s 2x after an intense race.  James Myers earned a gold medal in the Lightweight Men’s 1x, and Jacob Thomas finished third in the same event.  Both the Men’s Lightweight 4+ and Men’s Lightweight 8+ secured second place finishes.

On the women’s side, Steph Mowder and Katharine Walker walked away with a gold medal in the Women’s 2x after a impressive win over the rest of the field.  Walker teamed up with Jen Beaudette in the last race of the day to win gold the Lightweight women’s 2-, while Mowder finished fourth in a close race in the Women’s 1x.

After a long day of racing, a ceremony was held to christen a brand new rowing shell, a heavyweight men’s 1x, that was generously donated in the name of former Brock Rowing coaches Peter Van Rooijen and Allison Carrier.  The entire varsity team and coaching staff were present to express gratitude and appreciation.  The longstanding success of Brock Rowing would not be possible without the generous support of alumni, donors and the rowing community.

Brock varsity crews are entering their final week of training leading up to OUA Championships next weekend, also to be held on their home course on Martindale Pond.  The following weekend, select crews will represent Brock on the national stage at the Canadian University Rowing Championships in Lochaber, Nova Scotia.  Congratulations and good luck to all crews!

Brock Invitational Final Draw

Racing begins at 8:00 AM and concludes at 3:50.

From the regatta chairperson:

Weather / Clothing: It will be cold with breezy conditions. As the host we are advising that all competitors must be dressed appropriately for the conditions. We do hope that all competitors can have school colours, racing suit, as their outermost layer but the regatta organizers will relax RCA racing uniform rules to allow competitors to dress for safety. If a competitor chooses to not dress appropriately it is the competitor that is responsible for their safety not the organizing committee, volunteers, officials or host university. Your participation in this event is contingent upon you accepting this condition.

Badgers win five medals at National Rowing Championships

After a busy three days of racing at the National Rowing Championships on Martindale Pond, Brock athletes went home with an impressive five medals. The regatta, which features athletes from all four National Training Centres, is used to crown National Champions in various events.  This year Brock had 17 athletes competing: 16 wearing the Ontario colours and one representing Nova Scotia.

It was an exciting day of finals for Badgers on Saturday, with six Brock crews were in either an A or B final. In the Women’s 1x, Stephanie Mowder finished 3rd in the B final to place 9th overall. Mowder, who came 23rd last year, was just three seconds behind the winner of the B final. The winner of the event, Carling Zeeman, placed 6th overall at the World Rowing Championships in September. The Men’s 2- was a very busy event for Brock athletes, as there were four crews in the A final of the event, with one in the B final. Finishing 6th overall, and winning gold in the Junior Men’s 2- were Luke Gadsdon and Brandan Andrews, both first year athletes at Brock. Matt Finley and Dave de Groot placed 3rd overall and won silver in the u23 Men’s 2-. Finishing 4th were Grayson Gray and Taylor Ashwood. With this result, they claimed bronze in the u23 Men’s 2-, gold in the LM2-, and gold in the u23 LM2-. The final Brock crew in the A final, Scott Murphy and Zak Lewis, finished in 5th place. The B final featured Badgers Ryan Malcowski and Ian Pierce, who finished in 3rd place.

As the university season is soon coming to its’ conclusion, Brock athletes are gearing up for three more weeks of hard racing. Next weekend is the first sprint regatta of the year for all crews, as the Brock Invitational takes place on Saturday, October 17th. The following weekend is the OUA Championship, also hosted by Brock, proceeded by the CURC Championship in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Full results can be found at:

Happy Thanksgiving!