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Hot on the heels of announcing the roster for World Cup 3 in Lucerne Switzerland, Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) has released the selections for a number of upcoming international regattas including the U-23 Canadian team, U-21 Canadian team and those selected to compete at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) games.

Spread throughout the world and taking place from late July to late August, ten members of the Vikes men’s and women’s rowing programs earned the right to represent Canada at these prestigious international events based on their performances at the 2018 Speed Orders – National Team Trials event from June 21-30 in London, Ontario.

“We’re excited for the squad of athletes selected for racing opportunities this summer,” said Adam Parfitt, RCA Director, Coach and Athlete Pathways.  “It’s a mix of returning champions and athletes new to international racing. Athletes went through a vigorous week of selection to earn their spots on this list and it’s our hope that future Olympians and World Champions will emerge.”

The largest Vikes contingent of the summer will be at the World Rowing U-23 Championships in Poznan, Poland taking place from July 25-29.

Avalon Wasteneys will have a quick turnaround from competing at World Cup 3 for the senior team from July 13-15, to sitting in the women’s eight in Poland. Teammate McKenna Simpson, who has spent three years with the Vikes, will also be in Poznan, rowing in the coxless pair.

On the men’s side Travis Gronsdahl and coxswain Skylar Presch will be in the eight, with fourth-year Vikes Mathew Szymanowski and Lucien Brodeur in the quad. Vikes head coach Aalbert Van Schothorst will also travel with the U-23 team as a coach.

Two athletes from the Vikes men’s program were named to the FISU games squad and will get the opportunity to test themselves against the top university rowers in the world in Shanghai, China from August 10-12.

Both Tyler Adams and Vikes captain Daan Arscott will row in the four. They will be joined in China by Van Schothorst and former Vikes women’s head coach Rick Crawley.

Rounding out the busy international summer will be a trio of Vikes that were named to the Canadian U-21 team that will compete at the Trans-Tasman Series from Aug. 23-25 in Karapiro, New Zealand.

Second-year Sarah Craven and first-year Piper Battersby will be joined by Adams who will compete at both the FISU games and in New Zealand. All three will row in multiple boats throughout the regatta.

Those ten rowers will bring more than 25 years of experience with the Vikes into their respective competitions and combined to capture five gold medals at the Western Canadian University Rowing Championships and two gold, one silver and one bronze at the Canadian University Rowing Championships in the 2017-18 season.

World Rowing Under 23 Championships – July 25-29 – Poznan, Poland
World Rowing Junior Championships – August 8-12 – Racice, Czech Republic
FISU World University Championships – August 10-12 – Shanghai, China
U21 Trans-Tasman Series – August 23-25 – Karapiro, New Zealand

In support of Next Gen athletes, RCA has launched the 2018 #RCANextGen fundraising campaign to reduce fees associated with international competition. For the second year running, RCA aims to ensure that athletes do not face financial barriers to represent Canada on the world stage. Last year, Canadians generously contributed to the campaign, and raised over $37,000 for two NextGen teams. In 2018, we have expanded to support these five outstanding Next Gen teams. To make a contribution and leave a message for our athletes, please visit

Under 23 World Championships Team

U23 Women’s Eight Isabel Ruby-Hill Branksome Hall Rowing
Avalon Wasteneys University of Victoria
Sydney Payne Brentwood College Rowing Club
Stephanie Grauer Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Kendra Wells University of Toronto/
Hanlon Boat Club
Madison Mailey Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Morgan Rosts Ridley Graduate Boat Club
Ivy Elling Quaintance Victoria City Rowing Club
Coxswain Laura Court St. Catharines Rowing Club
U23 Women’s Coxless Pair McKenna Simpson University of Victoria
(Racing spares) Larissa Werbicki Saskatoon Rowing Club
U23 Women’s Quad Marilou Duvernay-Tardif Knowlton Rowing Club
Hayley Chase Sudbury Rowing Club
Grace VandenBroek Peterborough Rowing Club
Louise Munro Queens University/
Kingston Rowing Club
U23 Men’s Eight Brett Vilk Brentwood College Rowing Club
Travis Gronsdahl Victoria City Rowing Club
Dan de Groot St. Catharines Rowing Club
Gavin Stone Queens University/Kingston Rowing Club
Luke Gadsdon Brock University/Leander Boat Club
Nicholas Tavares South Niagara Rowing Club
Alexander Bebb St. Georges Rowing Club
Elliott Rogers Brentwood College Rowing Club
Coxswain Skylar Presch University of Victoria
U23 Men’s Quad Mathew Szymanowski University of Victoria/Cambridge Rowing Club
Nicholas Everett Brockville Rowing Club
Charles Alexander Sudbury Rowing Club
Lucien Brodeur University of Victoria
U23 Men’s Single Trevor Jones Peterborough Rowing Club
U23 Lightweight Men’s Double Vlad Timinski Kingston Rowing Club
Alex Bernst Ottawa Rowing Club
U23 Men’s Four Sean van Gessel University of British Columbia
Brendan Wall Victoria City Rowing Club/
University of British Columbia
Clark Schultz Ridley Graduate Boat Club/University of British Columbia
Liam Keane Victoria City Rowing Club
Lead Coaches Terry Paul Rowing Canada Aviron
Michelle Darvill Rowing Canada Aviron
Coaches Lesley Thompson-Willie London Rowing Club
Aalbert Van Schothorst University of Victoria
Amanda Schweinbenz Laurentian University
Dane Lawson Rowing Canada Aviron/
Western HUB
Simon Bouchard-Robert Club d’Aviron de Sherbrooke

FISU World University Championship Team

Lightweight Women’s Double Alanna Fogarty Ottawa Rowing Club
Myma Okuda-Rayfuse Leander Boat Club
Women’s Double Yara Ensminger Don Rowing Club/Western University
Kristina Walker Kingston Rowing Club/University of British Columbia
Women’s Eight  Marilyse Dubois Western University
D’Arcy Arends Barrie Rowing Club/Western University
Mikayla Arends Barrie Rowing Club/Western University
Courtney Kruschel University of Calgary/
Calgary Rowing Club
Lucy Vincent-Smith University of British Columbia
Savannah Sami-Bacon University of British Columbia
Cassidy Dean Kingston Rowing Club
Claire Brillon University of British Columbia
Coxswain Tina Yu University of British Columbia
Men’s Four Ty Adams University of Victoria
Daan Arscott University of Victoria
Ryan Clegg Western University
Hunter Amesbury Leander Boat Club
Coaches  Rick Crawley  University of Victoria
Mark Williams University of Toronto
Aalbert Van Schothorst University of Victoria

U21 – Trans-Tasman Series Team

Women’s Team event Sarah Craven  Saskatoon Rowing Club/
University of Victoria
Multiple boats Kyra Urabe Western University
Piper Battersby  Victoria City Rowing Club/ University of Victoria
Antonia Frappell Victoria City Rowing Club
Katelyn Bouthillette London Rowing Club
Marilou Duvernay-Tardif Knowlton Rowing Club
Ivy Elling Quaintance Victoria City Rowing Club
Brenna Randall