Karl Zimmermann placed third in the final of the heavyweight men’s single Sunday (Nov. 2), to give McMaster University its first medal at the Canadian University Rowing Championships in five years.
Zimmermann’s finish was less than 1.5 seconds from first place.
“It was definitely my best race of the season,” said Zimmermann. “I hope I can continue my rowing this week at the National Rowing Championships.”
He will represent Leander Boat Club (the base for McMaster rowing) at the national ranking regatta this week and lineup against world champions and Olympians.
For the past weekend university championships, six Marauders traveled to Victoria, B.C., where 290 of Canada’s top athletes, from 21 schools, competed over two days in 12 events at Elk Lake.
Other final day highlights included Paul Steneker finishing fourth in the B-final of the lightweight men’s single. Keegan Travis and Zimmermann placed seventh in the heavyweight men’s pair with D’Arcy Arends coming sixth in the B-final of the heavyweight women’s single.
Rachel Dick was second in the B-final of the women’s lightweight and then teamed with Jackie Bellemare for a 12th place finish in the lightweight women’s double.
For many of the McMaster team, including Travis, Dick, and Steneker, the club’s president, this was their last season on the team.
“It was an experience that is unique in university sport,” said Steneker of his time as a Marauder rower. “I learned skills and habits on the team that made my time at McMaster more rich and better prepared me for life after my degree.”
Winter training for the rowing team starts right away, in preparation for the February indoor rowing season and training camp in Florida.