Four medals for Canada at World Rowing Cup I

Monday, April 18, 2016
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Eight Canadian crews were on the water this weekend, coming away with four medals at the first World Rowing Cup in Varese, Italy. This includes a gold medal from Carling Zeeman in the women’s single scull, one of the six crews who will be competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  

“I was really happy with my race today,” said Zeeman, women’s single scull. “It was amazing to be cheered on in the final part of the race by my teammates‎ and share the podium with them. If there’s anything better than a victory, it’s sharing the post-race celebrations with your teammates!” 

Three silver medals were added by the men’s quadruple sculls, women’s eight and lightweight women’s single scull. Close finishes by the men’s four and the lightweight women’s double sculls resulted in fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively. For full results, visit WorldRowing.com.

Kate Sauks won Canada’s first medal of the regatta with a second place finish on Saturday in the lightweight women’s single scull. This was her first medal at the World Cup level.

“I really enjoyed my first World Rowing Cup experience,” said Kate Sauks, women’s lightweight single scull. “Varese was a great venue, and it was a bonus that the weather cooperated for the most part.  Coming into this regatta I had set the goal of being a more aggressive and tactful racer, and I feel that I took a good step in that direction. Looking ahead, I hope to get another opportunity on the world stage to improve upon this performance.”

The Canadian team will next compete in Lucerne, Switzerland at World Rowing Cup II from May 27 – 29. The final World Cup will be held from June 17 – 19 in Poznan, Poland. Athletes competing at each of the regattas will be announced prior to each event.

Results by 2016 Canadian Rowing Team at World Cup 1, Varese, Italy
Listed as Athlete, Club, Hometown

Women’s Eight – Silver medal
Lisa Roman (UWO Rowing Club – Langley, BC)
Cristy Nurse (Ottawa Rowing Club – Georgetown, ON)
Natalie Mastracci (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Thorold, ON)
Susanne Grainger (London Rowing Club– London, ON)
Lauren Wilkinson (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club – North Vancouver, BC)
Ashley Brzozowicz (Peterborough Rowing Club – Omemee, ON)
Christine Roper (Ottawa Rowing Club – Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (University of Victoria RC – Smithers, BC)
Lesley Thompson-Willie (London Rowing Club – London, ON)

Women’s Pair – First place, B-Final
Jennifer Martins (Don Rowing Club – Toronto, ON)
Caileigh Filmer (University of California/Victoria City Rowing Club – Victoria, BC)

Women’s Single Scull – Gold medal
Carling Zeeman (Sudbury Rowing Club– Cambridge, ON)

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls – Fifth place
Lindsay Jennerich (University of Victoria – Victoria, BC)
Patricia Obee (Victoria City Rowing Club – Victoria, BC)

Men’s Four – Fourth place
Kai Langerfeld (University of Victoria – North Vancouver, BC)
Conlin McCabe (Brockville Rowing Club – Brockville, ON)
Tim Schrijver (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Thedford, ON)
Will Crothers (Kingston Rowing Club – Kingston, ON)

Men’s Quadruple Sculls – Silver medal
Julien Bahain (Victoria City Rowing Club – Angers, France)
Will Dean (Brentwood Rowing Club – Kelowna, BC)
Pascal Lussier (Club d’aviron Laval – St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC)
Rob Gibson (Kingston Rowing Club – Kingston, ON)

Lightweight Men’s Four – First place, C-Final
Nicolas Pratt (Kingston Rowing Club – Kingston, ON)
Maxwell Lattimer (UBC Rowing Club – Delta, BC)
Brendan Hodge (Brentwood College Schoo– Delta, BC)
Eric Woelfl (Brock University Rowing Club/Ridley Grad Boat Club – St. Catharines, ON)

Lightweight Women’s Single Scull – Silver medal
Kate Sauks (Victoria City Rowing Club – Owen Sound, ON)

Following the World Rowing Cup regattas, RCA, alongside the Canadian Olympic Committee, will announce the team of athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday, June 28 in Toronto. Canada qualified six boats for the Olympics and one for the Paralympic Games at the World Rowing Championships in September 2015. RCA will also host media availabilities at training camps in Guelph and London, Ontario on July 23.  Details for all media events will be released closer to the date.

Story and Photo from Rowing Canada | RowingCanada.org

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