Weekend Wrap: Western and Brock Win Conference Banners
Competition/ Nov 1

Weekend Wrap: Western and Brock Win Conference Banners

The Brock Badgers and Western Mustangs were the big winners on Saturday at the 2021 OUA Rowing Championships in Welland, Ont. claiming conference banners for their schools.

Despite rain in the forecast the rowers were able to stay relatively dry as the overcast conditions only produced intermittent showers throughout the day. The regatta was held on the South Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre with the Trent Excalibur and Row Ontario serving as hosts. This year marked a return to the OUA Rowing Championships after the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the women’s side, Western won their eighth consecutive women’s championship by securing 442 points across ten boat classes. The Mustangs earned a medal in eight of the ten boat classes, bringing home three gold, two silver and three bronze medals. They dominated the big boats finishing first in both the women’s eight and lightweight women’s eight while also placing first in the lightweight women’s double sculls. The Queen’s Gaels (2 gold, 5 silver) finished second overall with 324 points and the Brock Badgers (1 gold, 2 silver) finished third with 269, edging the Ottawa Gee-Gees (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) who came in fourth place with 244 points. Other universities winning women’s medals over the weekend included the Trent Excalibur (1 gold, 2 bronze), Toronto Varsity Blues (1 gold, 1 bronze), Guelph Gryphons (2 bronze) and Laurentian Voyageurs (1 gold).

In men’s action, the Badgers earned their first men’s championship since 2017 with an outstanding team performance that saw them earn 567 total points. They claimed medals in nine boat classes, winning five gold, three silver and 1 bronze. They were particularly strong the lightweight categories, earning medals in all five events including golds in the LWT1x, LWT2x, LWT4+ and LWT8 and a silver in the LWT2-. The defending champion Western Mustangs (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) also delivered a strong performance with 364 points, followed by the Queen’s Gaels (3 gold, 2 silver) who came in third with 278 points. The Carleton Ravens claimed three bronze medals to come in fourth with 156 points. The remaining medal winners on the men’s side included the McMaster Marauders (1 silver, 1 bronze), Guelph Gryphons (1 silver), Trent Excalibur (1 bronze), and Nipissing Lakers (1 bronze).

The university rowing season has one more week to go as universities from across the country will again be in Welland next weekend for Canadian University Rowing Championships.

OUA Rowing Championship Point Totals

Team Standings

1. Western Mustangs – 442
2. Queen’s Gaels – 324
3. Brock Badgers – 269
4. Ottawa Gee-Gees – 243
5. Trent Excalibur – 185
6. Toronto Varsity Blues – 171
7. Guelph Gryphons – 98
8. McMaster Marauders – 48
9. Laurentian Voyageurs – 41
10. Ontario Tech Ridgebacks – 26
11. Nipissing Lakers – 14
12. Carleton Ravens – 8
13. Waterloo Warriors – 4

1. Brock Badgers – 537
2. Western Mustangs – 364
3. Queen’s Gaels – 278
4. Carleton Ravens – 156
5. McMaster Marauders – 111
6. Toronto Varsity Blues – 81
7. Trent Excalibur – 65
8. Guelph Gryphons – 64
9. Ottawa Gee-Gees – 63
10. Waterloo Warriors – 39
11. Nipissing Lakers – 20
12. Ontario Tech Ridgebacks – 4

Novice and Junior Varsity rowers also saw action over the weekend as the 2021 Development Regatta was hosted by the Western Mustangs on Friday morning in Welland. Eight schools (Brock, Guelph, McMaster, Ontario Tech, Queen’s, Toronto, Waterloo, and Western) took part in the Development Regatta which was over a sprint distance on the South Course of the WIFC and saw the rowers compete 2x, 4+ and 8+ across junior varsity and novice divisions.

Elsewhere in the province, the Martha Coffey Frostbite Sprints were hosted on Sunday by the Argonaut Rowing Club. The sprint distance regatta saw members of the Argonaut Rowing Club as well as the Barrie Rowing Club and Island Lake Rowing Club compete in 500m sprint races in youth, women’s, and men’s divisions in mixed doubles, fours, quads, and eights. The host Argo’s had the majority of the entries won the majority of the races, while the Island Lake Rowing Club placed first in three of the races and the Barrie Rowing Club placed first in two.

For full results on the OUA Rowing Championships visit RegattaCentral
For full results on the Development Regatta visit RegattaCentral
For full results on the Martha Coffey Frostbite Sprints visit RegattaCentral