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Kenora, ON – August 1, 2017 – Team Ontario enjoyed another successful day on the water in beautiful Kenora at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

The lightweight double of Alicia Piazza (Brock) and Team O’s youngest rower, Abbey Maillet (Leander), started the day with a strong 2nd place finish in their heat with a time of 7:48.34, the 3rd fastest time overall. The repechage gave Piazza and Maillet an opportunity to refine their race plan, and they pushed hard on Alberta to secure 2nd place in the repechage with a time of 7:58.42. Our mighty lighties race for gold on Friday at 9:00AM.

Hayley Chase (Laurentian) celebrated her 20th birthday this morning with a solid 2nd place finish in her heat of the Women’s 1x event, behind Emma Gray of Manitoba with a time of 8:16.71. Scullers from British Columbia and Quebec also qualified directly for the A-Final, which will race on Friday morning at 9:30AM CST.

U23 teammates Gavin Stone (Island Lake) and Trevor Jones (Peterborough) teamed up in the Men’s 2x event, finishing in 1st with a time of 6:55.42. The times from both heats and the repechage are very close between Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, B.C., Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, who will all race in the A-final on Friday at 9:50AM.

After handily winning their heat in the lightweight event yesterday, Nick Nero (St. Catharines), Nick Grubic (Leander), James Sinclair (Leander) and Owen Voelkner (St. Catharines) too to the water again today, this time in the Men’s 4- (openweight) event. In an exciting heat, Ontario came 2nd behind B.C., by less than 2 seconds in a time of 6:17.09. However, only 1st place automatically progressed to the A-final, so they raced again later in the day. In the repechage, Ontario led the way, with Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan also making it to the A-final. The Men’s 4 A-final is on Friday at 10:10AM.

Team Ontario’s Women’s 4-, featuring Jasmine Lehata and Rebecca Camplin (both South Niagara), Amanda Martin (St. Catharines) and Keira Allen (Don), confidently led their heat with the 2nd fastest time in the event at 7:25.52. Impressive in itself, it is even more impressive considering the boat includes two lightweights and someone in their first year of rowing. It will be exciting to watch this crew on Friday at 11:10AM as they go head-to-head for a medal.

Long time duo Anna Maloney and Emily Stewart, both from St. Catharines, raced in the Womens 2x event today. In a difficult heat, Maloney and Stewart finished 3rd behind Quebec and B.C., also posting the 3rd fastest time overall (7:50.36). Later in the afternoon in the repechage, Maloney and Stewart firmly secured their spot in the A-final with a time of 7:47.40, and will race again on Friday at 11:30AM.

The last event of the day was the Men’s 8+, which was a six boat race for lanes. Coxswain Kaitlyn Akitt (Leander) commanded her crew of Patrick Gogan (UWO BC), Matt Pamenter (Don), Ethan McAlpine (St. Catharines), Nick Everett (Brockville), Dan Bullock (Peterborough), Jared Naar (South Niagara), Hunter Amesbury (Leander) and Luke Gadsdon Leander) to a convincing 1st place finish, with a time of 5:54.61. Friday’s final at 11:50AM will be an exciting one, with B.C. right on Ontario’s tail.

All crews will enjoy a break tomorrow, as there are no events scheduled. Crews will be able to practice on the course and fine tune in preparation for Thursday and Friday finals, and there will be an opportunity for athletes to partake in social and cultural activities organized by the host society. ROWONTARIO would like to thank the many parents and spectators who traveled to Kenora to cheer on our Team O rowers. Their spirit can be heard all across Rabbit Lake, and it’s made for an exciting regatta experience.