By Ali Baggott, Vikes Communications
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rowing team finished third overall at the Canadian University Rowing Championship hosted Nov. 3-4 in St. Catharines, Ont. Vikes crews won one silver, in the men’s eight, and two bronze in the men’s pair and single.
The UBC Thunderbirds dominated the field winning their third-straight and fifth overall championship banner. The T-Birds finished with 100 points and won gold in the men’s eight in 6:14.020. The Vikes took silver in the eights in 6:17.820, while Western was third in 6:17.890.
“The men’s eight raced a remarkable and tightly contested final,” said Vikes head coach Aalbert van Schothorst. “Side by each with Western until the last five hundred, the crews exchanged leads multiple times. UBC took the final and UVic edged out Western by the narrowest of margins.”
Western finished second in the overall team standings with 86 points, while the Vikes finished third with 82 points, just two points ahead of fourth-placed Queen’s.
Sebastian and Chris Gulka finished sixth in the lightweight double to start the morning, while Daan Arscott and Travis Gronsdahl earned bronze in the pair. It was the last race for senior and captain Arscott.
The Vikes’ third medal of the day came from Luc Brodeur who earned bronze in the men’s single. Brodeur finished in 7:29.110, behind first-placed Gavin Stone of Queen’s (7:17.370) and second-placed Charles Alexander of Laurentian (7:23.800).
“Lucien put in a commanding performance in the men’s single, racing Under 23 Worlds team mate Charles and former Under 23 worlds gold medalist Gavin Stone,” highlighted Van Schothorst. “The calibre of this event keeps rising and Lucien continues to rise with it.”
The men’s lightweight coxed four finished fifth in 7:02.770, while Ellis Hollands finished sixth in the lightweight single.
DAY 1 RESULTS – Canadian University Rowing Championship
Team Standings Top 5
1 – UBC, 100 pts
2 – Western, 86 pts
3 – Victoria, 82 pts
4 – Queen’s, 80 pts
5 – Brock, 76 pts
BRONZE – Luc Brodeur (7:29.110)
Men’s Lwt 1x
6th – Ellis Hollands (7:48.430)