Only a few days away from the OUA Rowing Championships, the Badgers men look to win for a second year in a row while the women also try to get an OUA championship title. The Badgers had success at the Western Open, Head of the Welland, and Head of the Trent, again, and these past two weeks have also been a great success for the program at Brock, which has historically been strong.
Last weekend at the National Championship the Badgers came through with five medals, the event being hosted at Henley Island in St. Catharines. In this tournament 16 rowers represented Brock from Ontario, while one was representing Nova Scotia.
In the women’s single race, Stephanie Mowder finished third in the B final, putting her ninth overall. First years, Luke Gadsdon and Brandan Andrews together won gold in men’s doubles as they finished sixth overall. Dave de Groot and Matt Finley added a silver in the under-23 men’s double. Grayson Gray and Taylor Ashwood came through with some hardware as they won bronze in the under-23 men’s double, gold in LM2 and gold in under-23 LM2.
Continually their success into this past weekend, the Badgers won another five medals at the Brock Invitational, also hosted in St. Catharines. The Brock Invitational reaches more important heights as rowers race their first two kilometre race and get seeded for the upcoming OUA Championships.
Finley and de Groot won gold in men’s double, and Zak Lewis, Scott Murphy, Gadsdon, Zachory Koroll and Jamie Germond won gold in men’s 4+. Ashwood and Gray also medalled with a gold, and James Myers got gold medalling in the lightweight men’s single race. Steph Mowder and Katharine Walker won gold on the women’ side.
Brock rowing has shown to be successful yet again in 2015, and now look to do it on a bigger stage. On October 24, the men and women will begin their quest for a OUA Championship and the following week will be at the CIS National Championships.
The OUA Finals will be held in St. Catharines beginning at 9:00 a.m.