The OUA Championship and OUA Development regattas took place in St. Catharines last Friday and Saturday. Mark Henry led the Gryphons, winning gold in the lightweight men’s single and bronze in the heavyweight men’s single. Overall the Gryphon men’s team finished seventh and the Gryphon women were ninth.
Crews battled the rain, wind, waves and each other as much as they raced down the 2000m course. As the weather worsened later in the day, finals changed to 1000m sprints to avoid dangerously rough water at the start of the course.
Mark Henry led the Gryphon men to a seventh place finish overall, tying with Trent University. Henry kept his focus in the rough weather and dominated both the heat and final of the lightweight single race. Later in the day he also put up a great showing against the OUA’s best heavyweight single scullers to finish an impressive third. The men’s heavyweight eight also accumulated points, finishing sixth in the final.
On the women’s side, Emily Jago finished fourth, just one spot off the podium. She qualified for the final by finishing second in her heat, showing true perseverance after her boat flipped in the waves off the line and her heat was restarted after she had climbed back in. She also teamed up with oarswoman Madelaine Thiel to take fifth in the heavyweight women’s double. Ariel Lenske and Teresa Reitz finished sixth in the lightweight women’s double final, less than 0.3 seconds off fifth place Brock. Overall the Gryphon women’s team finished ninth.
Several Gryphon Crews also participated in the OUA Development Regatta on Friday. This is a regatta for novice and junior varsity crews. The junior varsity men’s double of Matt Larter and Mike Alcorn was the only crew to advance to the finals. In the final they got a slow start due to unfortunate equipment damage at the beginning of the race, but made up impressive ground and finished a close sixth.
Complete Gryphon OUA Championship Results
M Hvy 8+ – Ian Pierce, David Hillier, Jackson Wittig, Calin Deguefe, Iain Storosko, Patrick Boivin, George Payne, Justin Michael, Michelle St. Pierre, 6th
M Hvy 2x – Jackson Wittig, David Hillier, 4th in heat
M Lwt 2x – Iain Storosko, George Payne, 4th in heat
M Lwt 1x – Mark Henry, 1st
M Hvy 1x – Mark Henry, 3rd
W Hvy 4+ – Cailey MacDonald, Morgan Brown, Rebecca Bell, Amy McClure, Nicole Abernathy, 4th in heat
W Hvy 2x – Madelaine Thiel, Emily Jago, 5th
W Lwt 2x – Ariel Lenske, Teresa Reitz, 6th
W Hvy 1x – Emily Jago, 4th
W Lwt 1x – Tani Weber, 4th in heat
OUA Development Regatta Crews
M JV 2x – Matt Larter, Mike Alcorn, 6th
M JV 2x – Greg Hanta, Tyler Yukich
M Novice 8+ – Adam Clark, Lukas Hilgendag, Ryan Duncan, Ryan Jarrell, Chris Lach, Kirk Stencell, Ian Willette, Simon Parlow, Katie De Klerk
W JV 2x – Angela Strong, Emily Barham
W Novice 8+ – Anik Hanning, Jasmine Carter, MacKenzie Charter, Christina Leggett, Ashley Mann, Rachael Kearns, Julie Calvert, Mary Reynolds, Marisa Toffolo
W Novice 8+ – Emily Kozakowski, Kaila Hunte, Sarah Kassenar, Emma Stewart-Small, Eliana Rosenblum, Karen Ball, Sasha Brodka, Taylor Docherty, Ellee Hellier
At the end of the weekend, the team continued to brave the cold and rain to load some of our boats on the Trent University trailer to be driven to Burnaby, BC where a select set of varsity rowers will represent Guelph at the Canadian University Rowing Championships next weekend. Gryphons will be boating a Hvy 8+, Hvy 2-, Hvy 1x, Lwt 2x and Lwt 1x on both the men’s and women’s sides and will compete against crews from across the country.