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.

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Brock Invite draw, weigh in schedule and additional information

Below is the draw for the Brock Invite regatta.

Directions: As the Seventh Street exit on the QEW is closed, exit at Jordan Road and continue along the North Service Road until you reach Seventh Street.

Safety Notes:

  • Dogs are not allowed in the boat compound. There is a green area along the southern portion of the island.
  • For participant safety, cars must be parked in the parking lot rather than the compound


Preliminary Draw

Weigh In Procedures


Badger Bash Alumni Reunion

On Saturday, October 29th, all Brock Rowing Alumni are invited to the annual Badger Bash Alumni Reunion at the OUA Championship Regatta. After racing finishes, there will be a BBQ and boat christening where five new boats (four pairs and a coxed four) will be officially named. At the christening, Brock will also be honouring the many alumni who have represented Canada at the Olympics. Please see the event details below.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Racing
1 p.m. – BBQ begins
3 p.m. – Boat christening

RSVP: Contact so we know how much food to prepare.

Also find the Facebook event at

Brock captures six medals at Head of the Trent

On a calm and crisp fall day in Peterborough, the Badgers Rowing team raced the prestigious Head of the Trent Regatta. Raced on a five kilometre course on the Otonabee River, it is known as the largest one-day regatta in North America and brings together competitors from across eastern Canada, including all universities in the OUA. As it’s the first regatta of the fall season involving all university crews, it provides a great opportunity to see the competition.

Badger crews showed they are in for another successful year, picking up six medals, including one gold. They also earned two silver medals along with three bronze.

Starting off the racing day in Division 1 were four single scullers; Matt Finley and Taylor Ashwood raced the Heavyweight and Lightweight Men’s Single, while Brianna Hamilton and Ally Whitty raced the Heavyweight and Lightweight Women’s Single. Finley finished first overall, beating out second place Trent University by 10 seconds.

In the second flight of races for the day, the Brock Men’s team was busy with four races. Both the Heavyweight and Lightweight Men’s Fours and Doubles raced, with the Heavyweight Men’s Double of Jacob Thomas and Alex Roger finishing second overall. The Lightweight Double and Heavyweight Four both finished in fourth place; the latter missed out on third place by just over a second. The Lightweight Men’s Four finished in 8th place. Also representing Brock was a Men’s Alumni 8+, with 2016 Olympian Eric Woelfl, finishing second overall.

Next up for Brock was both the Heavyweight and Lightweight Womens Eights. The Lightweight Eight, with Laura Court, Erin Corkery, Katie Ayres, Olivia Bagshaw, Kayla Krasnor, Sarah-Jane Mambella, Andrea Jansen, Alicia Piazza, and Marina Rose, finished in third place behind Western and Queen’s. The Heavyweight Women’s 8+ finished sixth overall.

Division 4 of racing brought in two more medals for Brock, as both the Heavyweight and Lightweight Men’s 8+ finished in third place. In the Heavyweight Eight, Mack Boyes, Jacob Thomas, Ian Piece, Nick Heffernan, Erik Hohnstein, Zak Lewis, Matt Finley, Matt Gamey, and Ryan Malcowski finished 14 seconds behind first place Trent. Aurora Gordon, Taylor Ashwood, Eric Buchanan, Owen Voelkner, Brandan Andrews, Noah van Helvert, John Hagemans, Mack Berkhout, and Zach Whiteley finished behind Western and Queen’s.

In Division 5, both the Heavyweight and Lightweight Women’s Fours raced; the former finished in sixth place while the latter finished in fifth.

In Division 6, the last flight of races for the day, Brock finished second in the Lightweight Women’s Double. Ally Whitty and Jen Beaudette teamed up to finish just 12 seconds behind first place Western. In the second race of their rowing careers, the Men’s Novice Eight finished in eighth place, while the Women’s Novice Eight finished in 11th. The Junior Varsity Women’s Four finished in fifth place, while both the Heavyweight Women’s Double and the Junior Varsity Men’s Four finished sixth.

Head of the Trent marks an end to the head race season for the program, as the attention now turns to sprint racing. The next regatta for crews is the Brock Invitational Regatta, which takes place on October 15th. On October 28th and 29th Brock will be hosting the OUA Championships, with the Canadian University Rowing Championships taking place November 5th and 6th in Welland.

Brock crews successful at National Champs, Five Bridges Classic

It was a successful Saturday for Badger crews on both sides of the country. In Burnaby, British Columbia, ten athletes raced at the annual National Rowing Championships. Unlike the Canadian University Rowing Championships which take place this November in Welland, athletes at NRC’s race under their provincial organizations. Meanwhile in Welland, seven Brock boats competed in the five kilometre Five Bridges Fall Classic head race.

In the Men’s 1x, Matt Finley came 6th overall, while Nick Heffernan and Alex Roger finished 19th and 23rd respectively. Taylor Ashwood, Owen Voelkner, and Brandan Andrews all raced the Lightweight Men’s 1x. Ashwood led the way placing 11th overall, with Voelkner finishing 16th, and Andrews coming 21st.

Luke Gadsdon and his partner finished in 6th overall, while Brock alumni Dave De Groot placed 2nd, just two seconds behind first. On the women’s side, Alyssa Toffolo and Isabella Mazzarolo teamed up to come in 20th place, while Amanda Martin and her partner finished 25th.

Closer to home, part of the Brock Women’s team and the new-to-rowing Novice program competed in the first head race of the season. The race takes place over five kilometres and consists of racing through five different bridges through downtown Welland. Brock crews won two varsity events, the University 4+ and University 2x, and finished second overall in the Open Women’s 8+. In the Novice events, which consist of athletes who are in their first season of competitive rowing, Brock finished second in the Men’s 8+ and third in the Women’s 8+.

Brock will be in action next weekend in Peterborough at the Head of the Trent Regatta.

Brock Rowers find podium 11 times at Guelph Invite

Brock kicked off the 2016 OUA season in style this Saturday, as 11 crews made the podium at the Guelph Invitational Regatta. Competing at the regatta was Brock, Western University, University of Toronto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, McMaster University, and host Guelph.

Finishing first overall was the Open Women’s 8+ of Brianna Hamilton, Lauren Kniewasser, Alicia Piazza, Isabella Mazzarolo, Alyssa Toffolo, Kayla Krasnor, Erin Corkery, Brianna Spanics, and Aly Knott. Also finishing first was Jacob Thomas in the Open Men’s 1x.

Placing second overall was the Open Men’s 4+, Open Women’s 4+, Lightweight Men’s 2x, Lightweight Women’s 8+, and the Open Men’s 8+. The Lightweight Men’s 1x, Lightweight Men’s 8+, Lightweight Women’s 4+, and the second Open Women’s 8+ all finished in third place.

Next weekend, Brock crews will be in action across the country. Some athletes will be competing for their province at the National Rowing Championships in Burnaby, B.C., while others will be racing at the Five Bridges Classic in Welland.

Two Badgers alumni named to Olympic team

On Tuesday, June 28 Rowing Canada Aviron announced the crews that will be representing Canada at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the 30 members named to the team were Brock University alumni Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines, and Tim Schrijver of Thedford, Ontario.

Eric, a member of the Lightweight Men’s 4, studied History at Brock from 2008 to 2012. He credits his success and opportunities in rowing to the Brock Rowing and Ridley Graduate Boat Club community, and the teammates and coaches that have supported him throughout his career. Eric has been representing Canada since 2010, and has competed at two Under 23 World Championships, four Senior World Championships, and two Pan-Am Games. At the 2015 Pan-Am Games, Eric was a member of the Lightweight Men’s 4- that won gold on his home water, at the Royal Canadian Henley Course

Tim, in the Heavyweight Men’s 4, was a Kinesiology student at Brock from 2010 until 2014. In the Fall of 2010 he joined the Brock Novice Rowing Team and hasn’t looked back. He is thankful for the start that the Brock program gave him, as without them he may have never began rowing. Tim has previously represented Canada five times, including two Under-23 World Championships, one FISU World Championship, one Senior World Championship, and one Pan-Am Games. His top results include a gold in both the Heavyweight Four and Heavyweight Eight at the 2015 Pan-Am Games, a gold in the Coxed Four at the 2014 Under 23 World Championships, a second place finish in the Heavyweight Four at the 2015 FISU World Championships, and a fourth place finish at the 2015 Senior World Championships.

Rowing will take place in the first week of the Olympics, which will take place from August 6-13.


Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta Draw

Brock Rowing is excited to be hosting the 8th annual Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course. The regatta, named after Brock’s longest tenured coach, is one of the largest competitions for Masters rowing in Ontario. The former coach played a large role in starting both Women’s and Master’s rowing in the Niagara region during the 1960’s and 70’s.

Racing begins and 10:35 and will run until 4:15.

Attached is the draw.