McMaster veteran and former world U23 champion Karl Zimmermann led the team in medals at the Ontario University Athletics rowing championships this past weekend, winning silver in the men’s single, a division filled with top national talent. Zimmermann and fellow national Logan Madill then doubled up in the men’s pair and, after winning their heat, they came home with the silver medal, finishing just 1.1 seconds behind the winning crew from Trent University.
The championship took place at Henley Island in St Catharine’s alongside the OUA development regatta. After forecasts of bad weather were predicted for the weekend, the normally two-day event was shortened to just one day. Crews competed in heats in the morning to qualify for finals in the afternoon.
McMaster’s Erik Bertram, Ben Anthony, John Butler, Arrin Falk-Dotan, James Sinclair, Michael Kriz, Alec Mannarino, Greg Hanta, Kaitlyn Akitt also had a solid performance, beating out many competitive crews to win a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight eight.
On the women’s side, Myma Okuda-Rayfuse and Brynley Hanson-Wright raced the lightweight women’s double and pair finishing fifth and sixth in a very competitive field. Annemarie Van Halteran and Keira Allen finished sixth in the women’s double.
McMaster was also well represented at the OUA development regatta, which consists of novice and junior varsity crews. The novice men’s eight (Andreas Zbogar, Steven Nightingale, Alex Kingsland, Matt Dmytrenko, William Davidson, Andrew Bonk, Harrison McDonald, Ian Sheperd, Zachary Morris) came home with a silver medal, finishing only 2.7 seconds behind the winning crew.
The novice women also came home with a silver medal in the Novice women’s fours (Courtney Bergart, Elisabetta Paiano, Laura Fable, Nicole Chatten, Zachary Morris).
Novice men’s coach and former McMaster rower Tristan Bullard won the coaching award for novice men’s coach of the year.
The McMaster rowers are headed to Welland this weekend for the Canadian University Rowing Championships where the team hopes to build on their OUA success and Zimmermann looks to defend his national title in the men’s single.