Victoria junior rowers fourth at regatta in Seattle

Graham Obee (Grade 12

Graham Obee (Grade 12

Juniors from the Victoria City Rowing Club left their mark at two prestigious international regattas in early May.

The rowing club finished second overall out of 40 clubs at the Brentwood College Regatta on May 1. It’s one of the largest junior international regatta on the West Coast with teams from California, Oregon and Washington.

Victoria won gold in the senior girls lightweight coxed four, the senior boys junior varsity double and the junior boys coxed quad and the eight.

Last weekend, VCRC’s senior A boys and girls eight crews competed in the Windermere Cup regatta in Seattle.

Both the junior A boys and girls varsity crews qualified for this event by being the fastest Canadian eight crews at the Brentwood College regatta and were the only Canadian crews in their respective junior eight races.

Windermere invites only elite crews from around the world and dates back to 1903.

The boys team of cox Aidan Horth and crew Graham Obee, Nick Lee, Theron Finley, Sean Carnduff, Zac de Vries, Nick Reimer, Curtis Ottenbreit and Braedan Drouillard raced to fourth place.

Victoria McKean coxed the junior girls eight crew of Natalie Ross, Allie DeLarge, Emily Lehre, Megan McDonald, Ravana Eagleheart, Jessica Stewart, Keira Flanagan and Shannon Huff as they also placed fourth.

VCRC juniors are in the water again this weekend at the Shawnigan Lake Regatta May 14 and 15.