Hamilton St. Mary’s in top form for Canadian Regatta

Rowers Beware: St. Mary’s High School is in top form as its crews ready for this weekend’s (June 2-4) Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association’s 61st annual regatta.

Crews from across Canada and the United States will test the Royal Canadian Henley Course in men’s and women’s divisions. For its part, St. Marys flexed its rowing muscles last weekend at London’s Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association’s regatta. St. Mary’s brought home nine gold medals, two silver medals and had a fourth place finish on Lake Fanshawe.

Rowing Gold

Gold was captured by:

  • The Junior women’s 63kg (midweight) fours and the Junior women’s fours (Brittney Furtado, Julie VanBerkel, Julia Thomson, Brianne Misner and coxie Jennifer Freeman crewed both boats) by a 25 second margin;

  • The Junior women’s 59kg (lightweight) fours (Bronte Weatherhead, Nicole Wojcik, Erin Walters, Sarah Herron and coxie Katie Millar);
  • The Junior women’s 59kg eights (Chiara Genovese, Rachel D’Agostino, Sarah Norman, Carly Smith, Weatherhead, Wojcik, Walters, Herron and coxie Whitney Genge);
  • The Junior men’s fours (Doug Decoste, Aaron Huybans, Kyle Stansfield, Matt Jones and coxie Matt Bontje);
  • The Senior women’s 63kg (midweight) fours (Markianna Mychailyshyn, Jessica Bill, Nadia Mychailyshyn, Jenn Witt and coxie Taryn Goba) by an outstanding 41 seconds margin;
  • The Senior women’s pairs (Emily Moeller and Jessica Stansfield);
  • The Senior men’s pairs (Jeff McKee and Mike Jacubiec);
  • The Senior men’s fours (McKee, Jon Brunetti, Eric Lange, Jakubiec and coxie Justin Bontje).

More medals

Silver went to the:

  • Senior women’s eights (Anna Tulczynska, Sarah VanBerkel, Markianna Mychailyshyn, Witt, Jessica Bill, Nadia Mychailyshyn, Emily Moeller, Jessica Stansfield and coxie Taryn Goba);

  • The Senior men’s doubles (Jones and Stansfield), juniors competing in the senior division because there wasn’t a junior double event.

The Senior women’s fours (Alex Rowles, Kayla Chopp, Brittney Walsh, Julie Harster and coxie Victoria O’Connor) had the fourth place finish.

St. Mary’s women won the overall points title last year at the schoolboy event. Additional information on the Canadian regatta is available at www.cssrarowing.ca

If winning the London meet wasn’t enough, on May 28 St. Mary’s took the overall points title at the city high school championships regatta at Pier 4. Westdale was second, Bishop Tonnos was third, Hillfield-Strathallan was fourth; and Bishop Ryan was fifth with their one rower.