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.