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: http://online.regattamaster.com/Pages/Races.aspx?regattaID=1233.