Men capture OUA rowing championship

Although it may not be everyone’s favorite movie, Brock’s men’s rowing team found themselves On Golden Pond this past weekend.The Badgers captured another Ontario University Athletics (OUA) rowing title when they defeated the University of Western Ontario Mustangs in Port Dalhousie on Henley Island.

The Badgers’ success was capped by four gold medals and two silver medals in eight of the men’s events.

Brock’s lightweight men’s eight, consisting of Jeff Dunbrack, Cliff Scott, Drew Scobie, Yurri Kuzmin, Kirk Henderson, Jon Loer, Eric Stock, Ross Beattie, and Dave Earle, paced the gold medal performance. Each had a strong performance, winning in a time of 5.47.99. The Badgers’ time was 19.6 seconds faster than the second-place Mustangs.

“Our light eight were great. We beat Western by 19 seconds — that is a lot of distance in rowing. They won three out of four events and we have high standards going into the CURC’s (Canadian University Rowing Championship) tournament,” said head coach Joe Dowd after the regatta.

Brock showed that they don’t just enjoy success in numbers as the lightweight men’s four team consisting of Jeff Dunbrack, Ross Beattie, Kirk Henderson, Yurri Kuzmin and Dave Earle won in a time of 6.29.16 and the lightweight men’s two team of Jon Loer and Cliff Scott captured gold with a time of 6.53.47.

In the last race of the day, and the OUA title on the line, the Brock heavyweight men’s eight team had their best finish of the season as they edged out Queen’s to take the OUA crown in a time of 5.53.67. The heavyweight men’s eight team consisted of Larry Beattie, Anthony Romanko, Derek Gosling, Adam Martin, Matt Grifa, Scott Glover, Ryan Schmidt, Stephen Ross, and Jordan Williams.

“This was the first time since 1972 that both the lightweight and heavyweight won. Ourselves and the University of Victoria are probably going to battle for top spot [at the CURC’s championships], they are a good bunch of athletes but we have great athletes also so there is still some hard work ahead,” said Dowd.

The fact that the heavyweight men’s eight won the OUA title is little surprising as they struggled a little during the season but have turned that around in the last few weeks. “The have shown that they have tremendous potential throughout the season and they have really come together as a group,” said Dowd. “The win will give them confidence,” he added.

The CURC’s will be hosted by Brock and will take place at Henley Island Nov. 10-11 at 8:30 a.m.

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