A last minute decision to condense the regatta into one day did not shake the Badger’s as they claimed 14 medals at the Ontario University Athletics Championships held at Henley Island, St. Catharines on October 26th.
The Women’s team made a big move on Western’s team this year, finishing third overall with 320 points, just behind Queens (2) with 332 points and Western (1) who finished with 458 points. Starting off the day, Isabella Mazzarolo and Brianna Spanics finished third in the Women’s pair. Sydney Wilkins also finished sixth in the Women’s 1X. The Women’s 4+ finished fourth overall with Sophia Buzzell (c), Anna Maloney (s), Amanda Martin, Alyssa Toffolo and Kayla Krasnor. The Women’s 8+ with Buzzell (c), Maloney (s), Mazzarolo, Toffolo, Martin, Spanics, Sabrina Tigwell, Jenna Osbourne and Krasnor had a fantastic race, finishing second to Western by just a few strokes.
The Lightweight Women also made a big push this season, taking home 5 medals beginning with Jen Beaudette taking home a bronze medal in the Lightweight Women’s 1X, finishing behind Guelph (1) and Queen’s (2). The Lightweight 2X with first- year athletes Bonnie Reynolds and Jordan Isnor, finished fourth in a very competitive race. Isnor and Wilkins also finished second overall in the Open Women’s 2X, ahead of Guelph, McGill and Western. The Lightweight 4+ with Laura Court (c), Beaudette (s), Erin Corkery, Olivia Jose, and Alicia Piazza brought home a silver medal for the Badger’s. The Lightweight Women’s 8+ had a fantastic race with Court (c), Corkery (s), Jose, Reynolds, Olivia Bagshaw, Madeline Hingston, Serena Weaver, Muskoka Sclater, and Andrea Jansen, finishing second, ahead of Guelph. Finishing off the day, Piazza and Jansen brought home a bronze medal in the Lightweight 2-.
A huge congratulations to Brock’s Lightweight Women’s coxie, Laura Court, who was awarded the OUA Athlete of the Year award after racing at both the U23 World Championships and Senior World Championships this summer. A well-deserved award for such a dedicated team leader.
The Men’s team finished second overall this year with 339 points, beating Queen’s (299) but finishing behind Western who finished with 462 points. Starting off the day, the Men’s 2- brought home a bronze medal with Sam Stewart and Erik Hohnstein. The Men’s 2X with Oskars Rugelis and Benjamin Friesen finished fourth, ahead of Western and Trent. Rugelis also finished seventh in the Men’s 1X. The Men’s 4+ with Tyler Vanderloos (c), Brandan Andrews (s), Alex Roger, Zachary Koroll and Brenden Long brought home a bronze medal. The Men’s 8+ had an exciting race, taking home a silver medal with Vanderloos (c), Andrews (s) Roger, Hohnstein, Koroll, Stewart, David Campbell, Noah McDonald, Long.
The Lightweight Men’s team brought home 4 medals this weekend, beginning with a silver medal in the 2X by Kevin Keith. The Lightweight 8+ with Raymond Wong (c), Jacob Giesbrecht (s), Jacob Martens, Owen Voelkner, Thomas Markewich, Cameron Walsh, Zachary Whiteley, Noah Van Helvert, and Dylan Vanderloos brought home gold, finishing ahead of Western, Carleton and McMaster. The Lightweight 2X finished second with Markewich and Olen Noel, ahead of McGill, Western and Ottawa. Lastly, the Lightweight Men’s 2- finished third overall with Walsh and Keith.
The JV Programs had a very successful regatta with Hannah Wade and Abbigail Verge finishing sixth in the 2X. The Women’s 4+ with Madison Grano (c), Isabell Matwijow, Melanie Lachnit, Juliana Goodfellow, and Olivia Reynolds finished second. In addition, a second 4+ with Charlotte Reschke (c), Hannah Anderson, Olivia Lammers, Kailin Rourke, and Casey Botbyl finished third. Adalton Stephenson-Delaney and Cameron Hickman placed first in the JV Men’s 2X. The Men’s 4+ with Luc Arbour (c), Ivan Cunko, Lukas Stys, Josh Lenson, Ken Nguyen finished second followed by a third place finished by Hana Parkin (c), James Kwinecki, Justin Aubin, Tony DiDomenico, and Payton Beyea.
Brock’s novice teams competed in the development races, with the Novice 8+ finishing third overall. The Men’s Novice 8+ placed third overall and the 4+ finished fourth.
Fantastic racing for all crews. Up next, the team will be racing in the Canadian University Rowing Championships held this year at Henley Island in St. Catharines, Ontario.