Double Gold for Canada at U23 World Rowing Championships – Poznan, Poland

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Sunday, July 29, 2018 – Two gold medals capped off an exciting week of racing for Canadian crews at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Poznan, Poland.  The women’s eight and Trevor Jones in the men’s single sculls both finished on the podium today, dominating their A Finals and defending their world championship titles.

The reigning world champion in the men’s single, Trevor Jones did not waiver in his commitment to retain his world championship title.  Winning his heat, quarterfinal, and semi-final, Jones delivered a clear message that he was the one to beat.

During the A final, Trevor Jones sat in the middle lane next to Benjamin Davison of the United States who recorded the fastest time in the semifinals on Saturday. Germany got out ahead quickly but Jones went through the middle of the race in the lead with Davison right behind. Jones continued to extend his lead despite the best efforts by Germany who came into the sprint at a 38 stroke rate. Jones secured the race win with a comfortable 33 stroke rate and time of 6:48.70, finishing just two seconds outside of the under-23 World Best Time. 

The Canadian women’s eight boat powered by Isabelle Ruby-Hill, Avalon Wasteneys, Sydney Payne, Stephanie Grauer, Kendra Wells, Madison Mailey, Morgan Rosts, Ivy Elling-Quaintance, and coxswain Laura Court waited patiently to race in their A Final event after qualifying directly from their heat on Thursday. Canada won their heat by a solid margin and recorded the overall fastest time. In the A Final, the United States shot out to an early lead with Canada in second. Canada decided that the third 500 was theirs to own and picked up the pace to overtake the United States. Canada looked outstanding in the final sprint and with a time of 6:04.61 they successfully defended their 2017 world championship title. 

“The race was fantastic,” said two-time U23 gold medalist Sydney Payne. “We stayed calm and collected and kept our focus internal. We stayed with our race plan and everything went as well as it could have. To repeat as champions means more than words can describe.”

The men’s eight consisting of Brett Vilk, Travis Gronsdahl, Dan de Groot, Gavin Stone, Luke Gadsdon, Nicholas Tavaras, Alexander Bebb, Elliott Rogers, and coxswain Skylar Presch, finished 5th in the A final today. Canada advanced through from the repechage on Friday, an overall impressive performance despite some health setbacks amongst the team.

The Canadian men’s four advanced to the B final from their semis on Saturday. Sean van Gessel, Brendan Wall, Matthew Schultz and Liam Keane were set to line up for their B final on Sunday however some untimely illnesses within the team forced the crew to scratch their boat off the start list.

The men’s quadruple sculls consisting of Mathew Szymanowski, Nicholas Everett, Charles Alexander and Luc Brodeur, wrapped up their event with a C final win to round out their debut international regatta in 13th overall.

The women’s quadruple sculls including Marilou Duvernay Tardif, Hayley Chase, Grace VandenBroek, and Louise Munro progressed to the A final through the repechage on Thursday. The Canadians finished a solid 5th place overall in the A Final on Saturday.  

Vlad Timinsky and Alex Bernst also wrapped up their event yesterday in 13th overall, a good international debut for the duo in the lightweight men’s double boat.

Larissa Werbicki and McKenna Simpson raced well in the women’s pair through to the A/B semifinals, progressing to the B finals yesterday and placing 10th overall.

“I’m proud of this team and their commitment to race,” said Adam Parfitt, RCA Director of Coach and Athlete Pathways. “Every crew this week had a challenge in front of them, approached it professionally and learned from the process. It’s thrilling to have the two World Championship repeats in the men’s single and women’s eight. Those were outstanding performances and set the standard for us in Canada.”

Congratulations to the entire Under 23 World Championship team!

For full results and recap of the World Rowing Under-23 Championships and videos of A Finals, see WorldRowing.com.

It’s still not too late to support the U23 team or any of our NextGen athletes! RCA launched the #RCANextGen campaign to raise funds that will go directly to reducing any fees that athletes face when representing Canada.

To show your support of the athletes and the campaign via social media, post #RCANextGen on your Facebook or Twitter. RCA would like to thank all those who have contributed already to the campaign in support of the next generation of Canadian rowers!

Under-23 Canadian Team

 

U23 Women's Eight

Isabel

Ruby-Hill

Branksome Hall Rowing

 

Avalon

Wasteneys

University of Victoria

 

Sydney

Payne

Brentwood College Rowing Club

 

Stephanie

Grauer

Burnaby Lake Rowing Club

 

Kendra

Wells

University of Toronto/

Hanlon Boat Club

 

Madison

Mailey

Burnaby Lake Rowing Club

 

Morgan

Rosts

Ridley Graduate Boat Club

 

Ivy

Elling Quaintance

Victoria City Rowing Club

Coxswain

Laura

Court

St. Catharines Rowing Club

 

 

 

 

U23 Women's Coxless Pair

McKenna

Simpson

University of Victoria

(Racing spares)

Larissa

Werbicki

Saskatoon Rowing Club

 

 

 

 

U23 Women's Quad

Marilou

Duvernay-Tardif

Knowlton Rowing Club

 

Hayley

Chase

Sudbury Rowing Club

 

Grace

Van Den Broek

Peterborough Rowing Club

 

Louise

Munro

Queens University/

Kingston Rowing Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U23 Men's Eight

Brett

Vilk

Brentwood College Rowing Club

 

Travis

Gronsdahl

Victoria City Rowing Club

 

Dan

de Groot

St. Catharines Rowing Club

 

Gavin

Stone

Queens University/Kingston Rowing Club

 

Luke

Gadsdon

Brock University/Leander Boat Club

 

Nicholas

Tavares

South Niagara Rowing Club

 

Alexander

Bebb

St. Georges Rowing Club

 

Elliott

Rogers

Brentwood College Rowing Club

Coxswain

Skylar

Presch

University of Victoria

 

 

 

 

U23 Men's Quad

Mathew

Szymanowski

University of Victoria/Cambridge Rowing Club

 

Nicholas

Everett

Brockville Rowing Club

 

Charles

Alexander

Sudbury Rowing Club

 

Lucien

Brodeur

University of Victoria

 

 

 

 

U23 Men’s Single

Trevor

Jones

Peterborough Rowing Club

 

 

 

 

U23 Lightweight Men's Double

Vlad

Timinski

Kingston Rowing Club

 

Alex

Bernst

Ottawa Rowing Club

 

 

 

 

U23 Men's Four

Sean

van Gessel

University of British Columbia

 

Brendan

Wall

Victoria City Rowing Club/

University of British Columbia

 

Clark

Schultz

Ridley Graduate Boat Club/University of British Columbia

 

Liam

Keane

Victoria City Rowing Club

 

 

 

 

Lead Coaches

Terry

Paul

Rowing Canada Aviron

 

Michelle

Darvill

Rowing Canada Aviron

 

 

 

 

Coaches

Lesley

Thompson-Willie

London Rowing Club

 

Aalbert

Van Schothorst

University of Victoria

 

Amanda

Schweinbenz

Laurentian University

 

Dane

Lawson

Rowing Canada Aviron/

Western HUB