Remy rows to record

McMaster Rowers were again in the medal hunt this past weekend (Feb. 9) at the Leander Indoor Rowing Invitational, hosted by Hamilton’s Leander Boat Club.

Five Marauders captured top spots at the annual competition, including setting a course record in the women’s coxie event. In total, McMaster was represented by 14 athletes.

(Photo: Karen Conahan/McMaster Athletics)

In the senior 165 lbs men’s event, Jason Rieger and Brian Gilmore managed some impressive gains on their times from the recent Canadian championships. They crossed the line in second and third respectively. Former Marauder Ryan Northway, now a Toronto Varsity Blue, won the event in a time of 6:47.4. The event record of 6:29.6 was set in 2012 by McMaster’s Ian Connell.

Austin Cameron swept up the Under-23 165 lbs men’s category, rowing to gold in a time of 7:09.9. The event record of 6:33.4 is also held by Connell from 2009.

The senior 135 lbs women’s event saw Rachel Dick racing up a category but not being out classed. Sitting second through the first half of the race, she rowed past the competition to take the win in a personal best time of 7:54.2, 9.2 seconds off of the event record time of 7:45.0 set by Marauder Rebecca Gregory in 2008.

D’Arcy Arends stroked to first place in the U-23 women’s race with a time of 7:26.5. Sarah Duncan (7:45.5), Jennifer Bernhard (8:01.5), and Heather Kinsey (8:14.3) followed Arends to the line and picked up second, third, and fourth respectively.

The winner of the senior men’s event, and posting the fastest time of the day, was Tristan Bullard, who crossed the line with a season best time of 6:25.9. Marauder Olympian Doug Csima retains his event record of 6:15.0 set in 2007.

Coxswain Melanie Remy set a course record en route to a gold medal finish in the 1,000m race. Remy (4:04.2) was followed across the line by fellow Marauders Connie Pelligra (4:19.2), Angie Chan (4:42.3), and Nicola Lake (4:42.9).

After reading week, the team will regroup to host the Western, Brock, Guelph, Toronto, and Queen’s rowers at the Mac 2×4 Challenge, Saturday, March 9 in the MUSC. With a distance of 8,000m and a relay format, the 2×4 is, bar none, the most exciting and painful event of the indoor season.