The spring rowing season continued this weekend, as Brock had 23 athletes racing at the Dad Vail regatta in Philadelphia and Rowing Canada’s U23/FISU/ Non-Olympic World trials in Welland. There were strong results across the board as all crews reached the final in Philidelphia, and four crews made the A final in Welland.
The Dad Vail Regatta, regarded as the largest intercollegiate regatta in the United States with over 104 schools entered, took place from May 13-14. Brock continued their tradition of being one of the top schools to attend the regatta, as they captured two medals while narrowly missing a third. The Women’s 2- of Isabella Mazzarolo and Alyssa Toffolo captured gold; they won their time trial, semi-final, and final by large margins. Winning silver was the Men’s Varsity 4+ of Jacob Thomas, Ian Pierce, Will Bryden, Ryan Malcowski, and Marina Rose. The crew narrowly missed out on gold, losing to Georgia Tech by less than two seconds. Finally, the Women’s Varsity 4+ of Brianna Hamilton, Lauren Kniewasser, Tori Carroll, Kayla Krasnor, and Laura Court, with a combined 10 months of rowing between the four oarswomen, finished in fourth place by just over two seconds. For all crews it is a strong building block for both the summer and fall seasons.
The first on-water selection of the year for U23, FISU, and Senior Non-Olympic Worlds began on Saturday with time trials and semifinals for all events. Brock had four crews progress to the A final, one of only two universities to reach that mark. Grayson Gray and Taylor Ashwood continued their success from the fall season, winning the Lightweight Men’s 2- in a time of 7:17. In the Men’s Heavyweight 2-, Zach Koroll and Nick Heffernan placed second, finishing with a time of 7:30. Just five seconds behind them in fifth place was the Brock pair of Zak Lewis and Scott Murphy. In the Men’s Heavyweight 1x, Matt Finley placed in sixth with a time of 7:54. Selection for all three teams will continue this week, with final crews announced in June.