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!

Lightweights lead the way for Brock at Head of the Trent

On a day where the temperatures dipped to 5° and winds gusted up to 50km/h, the Brock Badgers rowing team took to the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario to race the prestigious Head of the Trent. The regatta, known as the largest one-day regatta in North America, brings together competitors from across Eastern Canada, including all universities competing in the OUA.  As it is the first regatta of the year involving all university crews, it provides a great opportunity to check out the competition.

Brock crews showed that the team is in for another successful year, picking up 12 medals, including one gold. The Badgers also earned six silver medals, along with five bronze.

Starting the day for Brock in Division 1 of racing were six single scullers, who came away with three silver medals. Winning the first medal was Nick Heffernan in the Club Men’s Single, followed by Jacob Thomas in the University Lightweight Men’s Single, and capped off by Katherine Walker in the University Lightweight Women’s Single. Also racing the single for Brock were Austin Cameron, Matt Finley, and Stephanie Mowder.

In the next flight of races, Brock captured two more medals. The University Heavyweight Men’s Coxed Four finished in second place, while the University Heavyweight Men’s Double came a close third. In the coxed four, Jamie Germond, Ryan Malcowski, Ian Pierce, Scott Murphy, and Zak Lewis lost to the Western University, while Zach Koroll and Matt Gamey were third behind Western and McGill. Both crews won gold last weekend at Head of the Welland.

The third flight of races brought some close racing for Badger crews, as the Women’s Heavyweight and Lightweight Eight’s faced rough conditions during the early-afternoon race. The heavyweight eight, consisting of Andrea Jansen, Alyssa Toffolo, Alex Dunlap, Jen Beaudette, Karen Dancy, Isabella Mazzarolo, Taylor Iseppon, Vicky Lea Thompson, and Aysha Martina finished third overall behind Western and Queen’s. The crew was happy with the result, as this was the first time the combination has been raced this season. The lightweight eight finished in fourth place, behind crews from Western, Queen’s, and University of Toronto.

Next up for Brock was the Heavyweight and Lightweight Men’s Eights. Battling a strong headwind and choppy waters, each crew finished just a few seconds back of first place. In the lightweight eight, Amy MacLean, James Potts, Brandon D’Orazio, Grayson Gray, Taylor Ashwood, Zach Whiteley, Jacob Thomas, James Myers, and Brandan Andrews posted a time of 15:35, losing to Western University by 7 seconds. In the next race of the day, the heavyweight eight, consisting of Jamie Germond, Dave de Groot, Matt Finley, Nick Heffernan, Zach Koroll, Ian Pierce, Scott Murphy, Zak Lewis, and Ryan Malcowski completed the course in 15:53, just 6 seconds behind Western.

Brock was well represented in the fifth flight of races, as athletes who raced in the women’s eights earlier in the day competed in the University Heavyweight and Lightweight Coxed Four. The lightweight women’s program captured their second medals of the days, as Laura Court, Sarah Mambella, Olivia Bagshaw, Katie Ayres, and Erin Corkery placed third behind Western and University of Ottawa. It was a tight race, as there was less than nine seconds between second place Ottawa, and sixth place Queen’s.

In the final flight of the day, Brock had six crews racing. Women’s Heavyweight and Lightweight Doubles were first done the course, followed by Novice Eights, with the Junior Varsity Coxed Four the last race of the day. Katherine Walker picked up her second silver medal of the day, as she raced with Stephanie Mowder in the heavyweight double. It was a close race, as the double missed gold by less than one second. Following the heavyweights was the Women’s Lightweight Double, who finished fourth overall. Badger novices got their second race experience of the year, as the men’s crew finished in 12th place, and the women’s crews finished in 5th and 15th. The novice season builds up to the OUA Developmental Regatta, which takes place on October 22nd. In the last race of the day, Brock picked up their first gold medal in the Junior Varsity Men’s Coxed Four. Mackenzie Boyes, Luke Gadsdon, Matt Gamey, John Hagemans, and Eric Buchanan came together quickly, winning by gold by over 40 seconds.

It was a positive end to the headrace season for all crews, and the attention now turns in the next few weeks in preparation for the final regattas of the season. Next week the university season takes a short break as the National Rowing Championships will take place in St. Catharines. With many Brock Badgers racing, it will be another big weekend for the team.

Full results can be found at

19 Medals, Including 13 Gold, Won at Head of the Welland

With warm weather and a slight tailwind, Badger crews took to the 5.2 kilometre north course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre to race the Head of the Welland regatta. With over 400 entries and close to 70 events, the regatta is one of the most well attended regattas of the fall season. Three universities in total were present, as UOIT and University of Toronto joined Brock at one of the first racing opportunities of the fall season.

In total, Brock came home with 19 medals, 13 of which were gold. Four silver medals were won, along with two bronze.

Luke Gadson started off the day for Brock on a successful note, winning the University Men’s 1x by close to 20 seconds over second place UOIT. In his first race as a lightweight athlete, Jacob Thomas was able to beat out Don Rowing Club for gold in the Open Lightweight Men’s 1x. Steph Mowder picked up her second gold of the young season, winning the University Women’s 1x over UOIT and University of Toronto crews.

Showing their prowess in sculling events, Badger crews captured four more golds in the University 2x and Open Lightweight 2x events. Zack Koroll and Nick Heffernan raced for the first time together on Saturday, placing first out of seven crews. In the Women’s University 2x, Steph Mowder and Katherine Walker captured gold over four other boats. After a long day of racing, James Potts and James Myers edged out University of Toronto to finish first in the Lightweight Men’s 2x. Soon after, Vicky Thompson and Jen Beaudette beat out five crews to win gold.

Brock continued the success in bigger crews, as the Heavyweight Men’s 4+, Lightweight Men’s 4+, and Heavyweight Women’s 4+ all won gold. The heavyweight crew, consisting of Mackenzie Boyes, Ryan Malcowski, Scott Murphy, Ian Pierce, and Zak Lewis beat out Toronto, UOIT, and another Brock University crew to finish first. The lightweight crew of Amy MacLean, Brandan Andrews, James Myers, Grayson Gray, and Taylor Ashwood teamed up to win the Open Men’s 4+ over St. Catharine’s Rowing Club. Not to be outdone, the Heavyweight Women’s 4+ of Alyssa Toffolo, Isabella Mazzarollo, Taylor Iseppon, Alex Dunlap, and Andrea Jansen put together a solid race to win the University Women’s 4+ over Ridley College.

In the Men’s University 8+ event, the lightweight and heavyweight men had a close battle for first place. The lightweights came out with the win, edging out the heavyweights by 22 seconds. Brandan Andrews, James Myers, Eric Buchanen, Zach Whitely, Grayson Gray, Taylor Ashwood, Brandon D’Orazio, James Potts, and Amy MacLean, got their first racing experience of the fall season in, and hope to continue the winning ways throughout the next five weeks of racing.

Brock novice crews raced for the first time this year, winning gold in the Men’s and Women’s 8+. The crews consist of athletes who are in their first year of rowing. The novice program is used every year as a major building block for the team, with many of the top rowers in the history of Brock Rowing coming from the novice program. The novice team will continue to race every weekend this fall, culminating in the OUA Developmental regatta on the 23rd of October.

Next weekend the Brock Badgers will travel to Peterborough to race the Head of the Trent regatta. Known as the biggest single day regatta in North America, this will be the first regatta of the season where all OUA rowing programs will attend. Hope to see you there!

Full results can be found at