The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s summer rowing teams won the prestigious Henley Efficiency Trophy as the top Canadian Club at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ont., over the weekend.
The Vikes won nine gold medals. The Efficiency Trophy was implemented in the 1970s to give smaller teams, like UVic’s 38 rowers, a chance to compete against the 100-plus rowers of second-place St. Catherine’s Rowing Club.
UVic’s biggest day came on Aug. 4 with five gold medals from the U23 women’s lightweight eight (Leanne Fells, Katie O’Connor, Ingrid Braul, Alex Meiklejohn, Johanna Weber, Anna Braunzier, Emma Sheehan, Stef Miklosovic, Jane Gumley), the senior lightweight women’s double of Eli Golshani and Miklosovic, the under-23 lightweight women’s single featuring Braul, Eric Bevan in the senior men’s single and Richard Herlinveaux and Eddie Vaughn winning the senior men’s pair.
UVic’s other golds came in the senior lightweight women’s eight dash (Golshani, Fells, Braul, Miklosovic, Weber, Sheehan, Lauren Mclennan, Meiklejohn, Kat Romatowski) and women’s lightweight four (Fells, Meikleiohn, Weber, Miklosovic) while Jon Chandler and Chris Jackson won the men’s U23 lightweight pair. Herlinveaux and Vaughn won gold again in the men’s championship pair.
Victoria City Rowing Club also competed and finished sixth in the team standings.