Mac rowers find silver and bronze

The Marauders’ men’s and women’s rowing teams placed second and third in the annual McMaster 2×4 Indoor Challenge Relay on Saturday (March 14) at Mac.

McMaster received first place finishes from the women’s lightweight team of Caitlyn Hicks, Deanna Williams, Gina Demczuk, and Kristen King, who turned in a time of 28:21.2 edging out the Toronto Varsity Blues by 4.2 seconds.

McMaster also earned a first place finish in the novice men’s event crewed by Geoff Hymers, Julian Huston, Marc Bishara, and Mark Kalvaitis, clocking in a time of 25:48:0.

McMaster had a second place finish from the men’s lightweight team of Ameen Mirjan, Ian Connell, Matt McCoy, and Ryan Northway, who covered the 8 kilometres in 24:27.6.

The McMaster women’s heavyweight team of Ali Gage, Christelle Tshilenge, Katie Kendra, and Nevena Prostran placed third.

The men’s overall title was captured by the defending champions from University of Western Ontario, while the University of Toronto took home the women’s trophy.

The 2×4 trophies are awarded based on a combined average result of the varsity heavyweight and lightweight events for men and women. Each team fields four rowers in each category who cover the eight kilometer distance by switching on and off a single rowing ergometer.

This is the second year that McMaster has hosted the event. Nearly 100 competitors attended from five universities (Brock, McMaster, Ryerson, UofT, and Western). Two local high schools (Westdale and Bishop Tonnos) also competed in special high school events.