Weekend Wrap: University Rowing Season Wraps Up with CURC
Competition/ Nov 8

Weekend Wrap: University Rowing Season Wraps Up with CURC

The University rowing season wrapped up over the weekend as rowing programs from across the country came to Welland for the Canadian University Rowing Championships.

The big winners on the weekend both came from B.C. as the Victoria Vikes won the men’s national banner and the UBC Thunderbirds won the women’s banner in what was a closely contested event in both the men’s and women’s standings. CURC’s marked the second week in a row that the rowing community descended on Welland, as the OUA Rowing Championships were hosted on the same South Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre on Oct. 30. CURC’s was a two-day affair with the action starting on Saturday with time trials and the finals of every event taking place on Sunday.

On the men’s side, the Vikes bested the UBC Thunderbirds by just eight points in the overall standings, winning the championship with 114 points. The highest placing Ontario school was the Brock Badgers who came in third with 87 points. They were followed by the Queen’s Gaels who came in fourth place with 80 points, and the Western Mustangs in fifth place with 75 points. Brock, Queen’s and Western rowers brought home multiple national medals to their schools, with Queen’s earning the most men’s medals for Ontario schools with four. Tokyo 2020 Olympian Gavin Stone claimed a silver in the men’s single, while teammate Andrew Hubbard also earned a silver in the lightweight men’s single. The Gaels also won a silver in the men’s pair and a bronze in the men’s eight. Western claimed three bronze medals on Sunday in the men’s lightweight single, pair and lightweight four. The Badgers, who served as host of the event, won two silver medals in the lightweight double sculls and lightweight coxed four.

The UBC Thunderbirds women’s team won their fourth consecutive CURC banner with 114 points followed by the Victoria Vikes with 104. The Western Mustangs were up next with 93 points, followed by the Queen’s Gaels (80) and the Brock Badgers (50). The Mustangs claimed two gold medals, the only gold medals won by an Ontario school, in the lightweight women’s double sculls and the lightweight women’s coxed four as well as a bronze in the women’s pair. Queen’s also won three women’s medals, a silver in the lightweight coxed four and a bronze in the lightweight double sculls and the eight. The Trent Excalibur’s Grace Vanderbroek also claimed a bronze in the women’s single, as did the Laurentian Voyageurs’ Abbey Maillet in the lightweight women’s single.

The first Canadian University Rowing Championship was hosted in 1997. The Victoria Vikes won both the men’s and women’s banners that first year and are one of five schools to win a CURC banner. The Vikes have the most combined men’s and women’s banners with 18, followed by Western (13), UBC (11), Brock (5) and Queen’s (1).

Men’s Final Team Standings

Victoria Vikes – 114 points
UBC Thunderbirds – 106
Brock Badgers – 87
Queen’s Gaels – 80
Western Mustangs – 75
Carleton Ravens – 41
McGill Redbirds – 29
Toronto Varsity Blues – 24
St. FX X-Men – 22
McMaster Marauders – 20
Guelph Gryphons – 16
Calgary Dinos – 12
Trent Excalibur – 11
Waterloo Warriors – 9
Dalhousie Tigers – 7
Ottawa Gee-Gees – 7
Nipissing Lakers – 6

Women’s Final Team Standings

UBC Thunderbirds – 114 points
Victoria Vikes – 104
Western Mustangs – 93
Queen’s Gaels – 80
Brock Badgers – 50
Ottawa Gee-Gees – 46
Toronto Varsity Blues – 41
Trent Excalibur – 40
Guelph Gryphons – 36
McGill Martlets – 35
Calgary Dinos – 32
Dalhousie Tigers – 22
St. FX X-Women – 21
Laurentian Voyageurs – 10
McMaster Marauders – 9
Saskatchewan Huskies – 7
Ontario Tech Ridgebacks – 6
Carleton Ravens – 5

For more information on the Canadian University Rowing Championships visit RegattaCentral.
For the full regatta schedule in Ontario, visit the Row Ontario website.