On Saturday, Oct. 25 at Henley Island in St. Catharines, ON, the Badgers men’s rowing team won the OUA Championship for the 10th time in Brock University’s history. The women’s rowing team also had a solid showing, placing third overall. Considering that twothirds the women were fresh faces to the varsity program, this is an amazing feat.
Head Coach Peter Somerwil said that he is “very proud of how hard both our men’s and women’s programs worked all season. It is a great accomplishment for our men to win the OUA Championship. Our women’s team is a very talented young squad with a very bright future.” The men obtained an aggregate of three gold medals, where they won the Men’s Lightweight 4, Men’s Lightweight 8 and the Men’s Heavyweight 4. The women were also able to bring three medals home to Badger territory, with bronzes in the Lightweight 8, Lightweight 4, and Lightweight 1x. The women’s team was led by two new coaches, Jacqui Beattie and Vince Amodeo. The CURA (Canadian University Rowing Association) is the official governing body for rowing in Canada at the post-secondary level, with the essential purpose of promoting participation in rowing through academic and sporting excellence within Canadian Universities. On day one of CURA’s annual Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC), which took place at the University of Victoria in British Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 1, both the men’s and women’s rowing teams were authorized to partake in the A Finals in eight of twelve events. The Brock men qualified for the A Finals in three of six events, whereas the women qualified for the A Final in five of six events.
By the end of day two, the men won the team bronze, and the women placed fifth overall. The men were able to obtain a total of three silver medals, including the men’s pair, LWT Men’s 4+ and Men’s 8+. The women finished with three fourth place results, including the 1x, LWT Women’s 2X and the LWT Women’s 1x. The Women’s LWT 4+ placed fifth overall, while the Women’s 8+ finished in sixth.
Somerwil expressed his utmost satisfaction for the two teams, expressing that he was “very proud of our results this weekend. Our student-athletes left it all out there and should be proud of their accomplishments. This was a great season for the Brock rowing program with a very bright future ahead. We had a number of young rowers that got a ton of experience in their first year. Next season we return the majority of our team, with the goal of reaching the highest level of success and bringing home gold”.
Brock’s men’s rowing program started out the year constructing fresh crews with many athletes new to the team. The year may have inititally begun with mediocre performances and inadequate outcomes, but the results have undoubtedly turned around for the Badgers, becoming more of a threat to its competition with each regatta because of their passion, determination and unparalleled work ethic.
Brock’s women’s rowing program, including both the heavyweight and lightweight squads, only had one returning athlete in the crews from the previous season, though, they are both still continuing to impress. The future is optimistic for this youthful team as they remain on their ongoing quest to cultivate more experience in the near future.
The CURC’s will continue in 2015 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where St. Francis Xavier will host the 19th annual event. Expect the Badgers to come out strong.