Vic City rowers tops at Brentwood Regatta
The Victoria City Rowing Club finished first place at the recent Brentwood Regatta at Brentwood College in Mill Bay.
The Elk Lake-based rowing club had 10 first-place finishes, ahead of incumbent champion Sammamish Rowing Club of Seattle. Hosts Brentwood College finished fifth.
“I am really excited to see the strong showing for all levels of athletes which range from novice to varsity crews,” said head coach Albert Van Shothorst.
“Year after year this club has been improving and this time we displayed the skill to push through in the last 250 metres of the race where we used to get passed.”
Because both Vic City’s boys and girls coxed quads were in the top four, they qualified for last weekend’s Annual Windermere Cup at the University of Washington in Seattle Washington.
Allie DeLarge, Keira Flanagan, Samantha Heron, Emily Lerhe and cox Becky Wilder finished first, while the boys coxed quad of Adam Donaldson, Nicholas Frappell, Curtis Ottenbreit, Braedon Drouillard and cox Elizabeth Grohovac came in second.
World Cup rowing team announced
Rowing Canada’s team was announced for the May 25 to 27 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Making the world cup team is a tip of the hat towards Canada’s 2012 Olympic rowing team selection, which happens in June.
From the University of Victoria, Darcy Marquardt (Richmond) and Rachelle Viinberg (Regina, Sask.) will compete in the women’s heavyweight eight. The Ontario-based crew is the only one that doesn’t train at Elk Lake.
Victoria’s Tracy Cameron and Lindsay Jennerich will compete in the women’s lightweight double, with Cameron having recently qualified.
The men’s heavyweight eight of cox Brian Price, and Ontario rowers Will Crothers, Jeremiah Brown, Andrew Byrnes, Conlin McCabe, Rob Gibson and Doug Csima are joined by Victoria’s Malcolm Howard and Gabe Bergen.
Brentwood College grads Scott Frandsen and David Calder are hoping for another shot at gold in the pair.