KENORA, ON – Monday, July 31, 2017 – Team Ontario had 7 entries racing in the 1st day of the Canada Summer Games Regatta. All 7 entries qualified for the A Finals, which will race on Thursday August 3rd.
The 1st race of the day was a 6-boat race for lanes in the Lightweight Men’s 4- event, featuring Nick Nero (St. Catharines), Nick Grubic (Leander), James Sinclair (Leander) and Owen Voelkner (St. Catharines). Team Ontario took a commanding lead, finishing in 1st with a time of 6:19.82. The Lightweight Men’s 4- will race for a medal on Thursday at 9:10AM CST.
Trevor Jones (Peterborough) comfortably won his heat in a time of 7:24.21. Jones and the single sculler from Saskatchewan avoided the repechage in heat 1, along with Quebec and BC in heat 2, progressing straight to the A final on Thursday at 9:30AM CST.
The 1st women’s race of the day was the Women’s Pair of Lauren Gadsdon (Leander) and Claire Dirks (Havergal). Despite a steering malfunction, the pair fought for a close 2nd place finish behind Alberta with a time of 8:05.02. Later in the afternoon, Gadsdon and Dirks sealed their berth in the A final by winning the repechage in tough crosswind conditions with a time of 8:16.81. The Women’s 2- races Thursday at 9:50AM CST.
The Team Ontario Womens 4x of Emily Stewart (St. Catharines), Anna Maloney (St. Catharines), Emma Dockray (St. Catharines) and Hayley Chase (Laurentian) raced a gutsy heat, coming from behind to win with a time of 6:53.16, only 0.9 seconds ahead of Manitoba. Both Ontario and Manitoba qualified directly for the A final, which races on Thursday at 10:10AM CST.
Not to be outdone, the Team Ontario men continued the trend in the Men’s 2- event. Hunter Amesbury and Luke Gadsdon, both from Leander, raced for lanes against Nova Scotia, B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, winning with a time of 6:58.07. Amesbury and Gadsdon will race on Thursday at 11:10AM CST.
The Men’s Quad of Dan Bullock (Peterborough), Ethan McAlpine (St. Catharines), Jared Naar (South Niagara) and Nick Everett (Brockville) took a commanding lead in the Men’s 4x event, winning with a time of 6:10.41 ahead of Alberta, who also qualified directly to the A final. The 4x races for gold on Thursday at 11: 30AM CST.
The last heats of the day were in the Women’s 8+ event. Jasmine Lehata (South Niagara), Mary-Jo Weir-Weiss (Ottawa), Lauren Kelly (St. Catharines), Rebecca Camplin (South Niagara), Amanda Martin (St. Catharines), Keira Allen (Don), Lauren Gadsdon, Claire Dirks and coxswain Riley Raso (UCC) raced for lanes against Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador, B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan, finishing in a strong 2nd place position with a time of 6:49.35. The Women’s Eight races on Thursday at 11:50AM CST.
Team Ontario has been well-taken care of by the many outstanding volunteers and officials working hard at the Kenora Rowing Club and at both residences. Despite an extreme heat warning and a severe thunderstorm watch, all races ran safely, fairly, and on time. Hopefully the storm breaks the heat, so athletes can enjoy more pleasant racing conditions the rest of the week.
Tomorrow, Team Ontario has crews racing in the Women’s 1x, Men’s and Women’s 2x, Women’s Lightweight 2x, Men’s and Women’s Open 4- and Men’s Open 8+.
All races are being streamed live at http://sportscanada.tv/canadagames/2017rowing.