Brock Women finish 4th, Men finish 5th at Canadian University Rowing Championships

With near perfect conditions at the Welland International Flatware Centre, the Badger Women finished fourth (60 points) while the Men finished fifth (78 points) at the Canadian University Rowing Championships, while University of British Columbia claimed the Men’s Championship with Western winning on the Women’s side. Brock finished the day with a total of four bronze medals, while UBC claimed both the Men’s and Women’s Championship. The field of athletes was incredibly strong this year, with many senior national team members and 2016 Olympians now rowing for their university.

Finishing third overall and winning bronze was the Lightweight Men’s 2x of Taylor Ashwood and Owen Voelkner, the Lightweight Women’s 2x of Ally Whitty and Kayla Krasnor, Matt Finley in the Heavyweight Men’s 1x, and Ashwood again in the Lightweight Men’s 1x.

Rounding out the A finalists was the Lightweight Men’s and Women’s 4+ and the Lightweight Women’s 1x in fourth place, the Men’s 2- in 5th, and the Women’s 8+ 6th overall.

This regatta concludes the fall season for Brock; the next time athletes will be in action is at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships in February.

Thank you to those who followed along and provided support throughout the past two months!

Full results can be found at the CURA Facebook page.


WELLAND, ON – All the Brock crews had an excellent day of racing with great conditions on the Welland course, a second home for the Badgers. Today’s Time Trials determined who will move on to the A-Finals tomorrow.

In total, the Badgers made 10 A-finals. On the Men’s side, Brock made A-finals in all events, including the Lightweight 2x, Lightweight 1x, Lightweight 4+, Heavyweight 2-, Heavyweight 1x, and the Heavyweight 8+. On the women’s side the Lightweight 1x, Lightweight 2x, Lightweight 4+, and the Heavyweight 8+ moved on to their A-Finals. The Heavyweight women’s 2- moved on to the B-Final, and the Heavyweight women’s 1x moved on to the C-Final.

With a very strong day of racing today and the extra hour of sleep tonight the team is set to have another solid day of racing tomorrow. Below are the results from today’s Time Trials. Keep up-to-date with all the results by checking @badgersrowing on Twitter and our Brock Rowing Facebook page. Stay tuned for the Final Draw!

Brock christens five new boats, recognizes Olympians

On Saturday afternoon, Brock christened five new boats and celebrated the achievements of 15 Olympians who have rowed for the program.  Four new pair/doubles were christened, as well as a coxed four. In keeping with tradition, every boat was named after a supporter of the program.

The coxed four is named after Rob Jennings, a ‘Silver Badger’ who was part of the universities first crew in 1964. Jennings went on to a very successful career in investment and finance, while also sitting on various organizations’ board of directors. The new pair/doubles are named after Bob Crawford, Stan Lapinski, Sue Erskine, and Chuck Smith. Crawford and Lapinski are also both ‘Silver Badgers’, and remain involved in the St. Catharines rowing community; Crawford remains part of the ‘Cat Crew’ which does maintenance and regatta set-up for the Henley Island course, while Lapinski has written books on both the history of Brock Athletics and St. Catharines Rowing Club. Erskine has been involved with many organizations in St. Catharines, including the CSSRA regatta, the Canadian Henley Rowing Corporation, and the YMCA and YWCA. The last boat christened is after the late Chuck Smith, founder of the Wise Guys Charity Fund. The organization has raised over $2 million for projects in the Niagara region, and recently purchased two new pair/doubles for the team. In addition to the christening of new boats, names of volunteer coaches were added to the Men’s Heavyweight 8+.

In addition to the christenings, Brock also recognized 15 former rowers who have competed at the Olympics. Included in the 15 athletes are Tim Schrijver and Eric Woelfl, who both competed for Canada in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The ceremony included the unveiling of a display that recognizes former Olympians, and serves to inspire current and future athletes to push to the highest level of athletics. The display will be kept in the Leo LeBlanc Rowing Centre.


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Brock Men finish second at OUA’s; Women place third

Battling tricky wind conditions, the Brock Men’s Rowing team finished second overall at OUA’s, with the women finishing third. The Western Mustangs claimed both Men’s and Women’s Championships. In addition to the varsity finals taking place, both the Junior Varsity and Novice seasons came to a conclusion.

Winning OUA gold for the Badgers was the Lightweight Men’s 1x, the Heavyweight Men’s 1x, and the Heavyweight 8+. In the Lightweight Men’s 1x 4th year Taylor Ashwood won convincingly, finishing close to five seconds over second place Trent University. Matt Finley also won his 1x event, beating out McMaster University by four seconds. The third gold medal of the day came from the Heavyweight Men’s 8+ of Mackenzie Boyes, Jacob Thomas, Ian Pierce, Luke Gadsdon, Finley, Nick Heffernan, Alex Roger, Zak Lewis, and Ryan Malcowski battled it out with Western the entire two-kilometres, beating them by 3.48 seconds. In addition, the Women’s Junior Varsity 2x of Sara Jansen and Nikki Johnstone claimed gold.

Winning silver for Brock on the Women’s team was Ally Whitty and Jen Beaudette in the Lightweight Double and Pair, while Lauren Kniewasser, Brianna Hamilton, Alyssa Toffolo, Isabella Mazzarolo, and Aly Knott placed second in the Women’s Four. As well, the Women’s Junior Varsity 4+ of Madison Plaice, Micaela Grant, Theresa Kleisath, Jenna Osborne, and Alex Catherwood claimed silver.On the Men’s team, the Heavyweight 2x of Thomas and Roger, Lightweight 2x of Ashwood and Owen Voelkner.

Finishing third overall on the Women’s team was the Heavyweight 2- Carly Moir and Jessica Novecosky, and the Women’s Lightweight 8+ of Laura Court, Erin Corkery, Katie Ayres, Olivia Bagshaw, Kayla Krasnor, SJ Mambella, Andrea Jansen, Alicia Piazza, and Marina Rose, and the Novice Women’s 4+ of Kristen Nagel, Julianna Goodfellow, Serena Weaver, Teija Humalamaki, and Kayla Grant. For the Men, the Lightweight 4+ of Aurora Gordon, Eric Buchanen, Dylan Vanderloos, Noah Van Helvert, and Mack Berkhout, and the Heavyweight Men’s 4+ of Erik Hohnstein, Lewis, Heffernan, Pierce, and Boyes all finished in third place.

Also receiving notable recognition today was fourth year Matt Finley, who took home OUA Male Rower of the Year honours.

The Badgers are back in action next weekend at the Canadian University Rowing Championships which take place in Welland.

Full results can be found at:

UPDATED due to weather: draw for 2016 OUA Championship

Attached is the complete draw for both days of racing at the OUA Rowing Championships Regatta. Junior Varsity and Novice racing runs from  9:00AM-11:30AM on Friday, with heats for Varsity events running from 11:45AM-4:30PM. On Saturday finals for all events run from 9:00AM-1:00PM.

After the regatta, Brock will be hosting an alumni BBQ at 1:00PM, followed by a boat christening and an Olympian recognition ceremony at 3:00PM. Hope to see you there!

You can keep updated with the event at the OUA Championships Facebook page.


Due to Saturday’s weather forecast, all racing has been moved to Friday. Races begin at 8:00AM and will run until 5:44PM. Weigh-ins will run from 8:11AM-10:45AM.

However, the Boat Christening and Olympian Recognition Ceremony is still scheduled for 3:30PM Saturday at Henley Island.

Driving directions to Henley Island

Updated draw for Friday’s racing.

Badgers capture 14 medals; honour late high school rower at Brock Invite

Racing on home water for the first time all year, Brock crews finished the day with 14 medals. A strong tailwind in addition to a quick current made for very fast times, with some first place finishes nearing World Best Times. Racing wasn’t the only thing on the mind of competitors today, as the life of E.L. Crossley and South Niagara Rowing Club member Emily Brettell. Emily passed suddenly August.

Emily Brettell was an incredible athlete and a fierce competitor. Her positive attitude and work ethic made her the heart and soul of every crew she rowed with. She loved rowing, and the rowing community. Emily was a two-time gold medalist at the CSSRA Regatta, and a two-time Stotesbury Cup Regatta gold medalist. Strength, determination and tenacity defined Emily.

Claiming gold for the Badgers was Matt Finley in the Heavyweight Men’s 1x (finishing four seconds back of the World’s Best Time), Taylor Ashwood in the Lightweight Men 1x (finishing two seconds back of the World’s Best Time), Luke Gadsdon and Ryan Malcowski in the Men’s 2-, and Mackenzie Boyes, Jacob Thomas, Iain Pierce, Nick Heffernan, Finley, Gadsdon, Alex Rogers, Zak Lewis, and Malcowski.

Other crews finishing on the podium were the Novice Women’s 4+, Lightweight Women’s 2x, Heavyweight Men’s 2x, and the Lightweight Men’s 4+. Winning bronze was the Novice Women’s 8+, the Women’s 2-, a second Men’s 2-, the Lightweight Women’s 8+, the Lightweight Men’s 8+, the Heavyweight Women’s 4+, and Lightweight Women’s 2-.

The Badgers are back in action two weeks from now at the OUA Championship hosted at Henley Island.

Full results can be found at:

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