Ali Baggott, University of Victoria

The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rowing team finished runners-up to UBC for the second-straight year at the Western Canadian University Rowing Championship on Oct. 13 at Telford Lake in Leduc, Alta. Fifth-year Vike Luc Brodeur did defend his gold-medal title winning the single in 8:06.1, while Ellis Hollands was the only other gold medalist on the day for the Vikes as the third year won gold in the lightweight single.


The Vikes finished in second with 151 points, while UBC successfully earned gold in the coxless four, pair, and both eights to finish with 185.5 points. Calgary finished third overall with 84.5 points.

“The conditions were challenging at all times during the day and both the hosts and competitors worked hard to deliver their best performances,” said Vikes men’s rowing head coach Aalbert van Schothorst. “Small boat performances shows the depth in both light and heavyweight men. It was also important to see both Hollands and Brodeur win their categories.”

Hollands and team mates Idjen Cabral and Chris Clarke swept the lightweight men’s single podium.  Hollands logged a time of 8:15.0, while Cabral was 8:23.4 and Clarke was 8:24.1.

In the JV eights and the varsity eights, the Vikes took silver and bronze with their two competing crews in each category.

“The Gulka brothers put in a commanding performance in the light men’s double,” added van Schothorst about the twin brothers. “Unfortunately, due to the difficulty in wind conditions and sub zero temperatures we pulled the light men’s four for safety reasons.”

“We used this event as a small boat selection event for CURC nationals and preparation for the National Rowing Championships. We were able to come away with the results that give the crew a lot of confidence.”

The Vikes went one-two in the men’s single as Brodeur (8:06.1) defended last year’s dominating performance, while team mate Mathew Szymanowski finished second in 8:08.9.

The Vikes will turn their attentions back home as they prepare to host the Head and Tail of the Gorge, Oct. 20-21, at the Gorge Waterway in Victoria. The Canadian University Rowing Championship will be helped Nov. 3-4 in St. Catharines, Ont.


  1. UBC, 185.5 points
  2. Victoria, 151
  3. Calgary, 84.5
  4. Alberta, 8
  5. Mount Royal, 3
  6. Lakeland, 0
  7. Regina, 0
  8. Fraser Valley, 0


SILVER – Brogan Simpson, Liam Carson, Phil KirkerChris Rusin (7:15.2)
BRONZE – Karl HareJoseph PeersLuc BrodeurJacob Phillips (7:32.6)

GOLD – Ellis Hollands (8:15.0)
SILVER – Idjen Cabral (8:23.4)
BRONZE – Christopher Clarke (8:24.1)

SILVER – Chris GulkaSebastian GulkaAdam MillerBen WallsJacob CouchmanChristopher ClarkeIdjen CabralEllis HollandsBailey Kulman,  (6:53.3)
BRONZE – Chris RusinLucien BrodeurJoseph PeersKarl Hare, Liam Carson, Phil KirkerJacob Phillips, Brogan Simpson, Riley Raso ( (7:07.6)

GOLD – Luc Brodeur (8:06.1)
SILVER – Mathew Szymanowski (8:08.9)

SILVER – Isaac DonaldsonTravis Gronsdahl (7:38.9)

GOLD – Chris GulkaSebastian Gulka  (7:21.7)
BRONZE – Jacob CouchmanAdam Miller (7:27.1)

SILVER – Adam MillerChristopher ClarkeJacob CouchmanBen Walls (7:07.4)

SILVER – Mathew SzymanowskiLucien BrodeurTyler AdamsBrett LarsonAlec Stapff, Eric Arscott, Travis GronsdahlIsaac DonaldsonSkylar Presch (6:30.1)
BRONZE – Chris RusinLucien BrodeurJoseph PeersKarl Hare, Liam Carson, Phil KirkerJacob Phillips, Brogan Simpson, Riley Raso (6:56.2)