WRC Wins Overall Efficiency Trophy at USRowing’s Masters National Championships

Andrew Lamont, Jeff Reitberger, Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor, Phil Ozstain, Satoru Nakagawa with Efficiency Trophy

Andrew Lamont, Jeff Reitberger, Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor, Phil Ozstain, Satoru Nakagawa with Efficiency Trophy

The 2014 USRowing Masters National Championships were held August 14-17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hosting 1480 entries from 120 clubs across the US and Canada. A small contingent of five WRC athletes attended and represented Winnipeg – making a huge splash in the process.

The Winnipeg Rowing Club was awarded the overall Efficiency Trophy, with an efficiency percentage of 21.25% (the next best was 14.4%). The following crews won medals in events at the regatta:

GOLD:
Open A Women’s 2x – Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor
Open A Lightweight Women’s 2x – Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor
Open B Lightweight Women’s 2x – Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor
Open C Mixed 4x – Andrew Lamont, Tracy Taylor, Brandi Smith, Jeff Reitberger

SILVER:
Open Men’s D 1x – Andrew Lamont
Open Women’s B 2x – Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor
Open Men’s E 4x – Andrew Lamont (rowing in composite crew with Minneapolis & Calgary)

BRONZE:
Open Men’s D 4x – Jeff Reitberger, Satoru Nakagawa, Andrew Lamont, Phil Osztian (WRC alum)

WRC Men & Masters Win Overall Titles at NWIRA

WRC Masters win overall Master points

WRC Masters win overall Master points

Winnipeg Rowing Club put up a strong battle for the 2014 Lipton Cup at the Northwest International Rowing Association’s Championship Regatta with a mere 8.45 points separating Winnipeg from first place St. Paul in the overall points standing. WRC Men’s crew were awarded the Con Riley Trophy for the second year in a row, which is presented to the club with the most overall points in men’s events. The WRC Masters also took home top honors by earning the most points for all clubs in Masters events.

The 111th annual regatta was held over two days in Kenora, ON on Rabbit Lake. The event had over 500 entries from 13 rowing clubs including Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Kenora, Thunder Bay, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester, Michigan and Long Lake.

Winnipeg crews won 10 gold medals in the following events:

Open Men’s 1x – Kevin Kowalyk
Open Men’s 1x Dash – Kevin Kowalyk
Lwt Women’s 1x – Tracy Taylor
Master Men’s 1x over 50 – Andrew Lamont
Junior B Men’s 2x – Tyrone Nakagawa, Andrje Kao
Open Men’s 2x – Kevin Kowalyk, Josh Ilse
Lwt Women’s 2x – Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor
Open Men’s 4x – Kevin Kowalyk, Josh Mintz, Steve Chubaty, Tyrone Nakagawa
Master Men’s 4x – Andrew Lamont, Tom Pundyk, Satoru Nakagawa, Jeff Reitberger
Master Men’s 4- Andrew Lamont, Tom Pundyk, Satoru Nakagawa, Jeff Reitberger

Full race results are available here.

Winnipeg Competes at 132th Royal Canadian Henley

Henley 2014

The 132th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta came to a close this past Sunday after 6 days of intense racing.  With over 2000 entries from all over North America and beyond, Winnipeg Rowing Club had 8 athletes race at the event.

A junior women’s crew of Hanika Nakagawa, Anais Giasson, Drew Wiebe and Fiona Rettie raced in the Junior 2x and Junior 4x event.  Their quad was 3rd in the semi-final and narrowly missed qualify for the final by 0.8 seconds.

Loch Inglis and Riley McCharles both raced in the U23 1x event, where each qualified for the semi-finals.  The duo then teamed up for the Senior Men’s 2x where again they qualified for the semi-finals  finishing 4th.

Marianne Bergmann competed in a very tough Open Women’s 1x field.  She finished 4th in the heat.

Great job by all the WRC athletes who represented the club proudly.  You were greatly missed at the NWIRA Championship Regatta!

Tops & Bottoms Fun for Old & Young

L - Master M4x,     Mid - Jr W4x,     R - Jr M2x

L – Master M4x, Mid – Jr W4x, R – Jr M2x

Kenora Rowing Club’s annual Tops & Bottoms regatta was held on Rabbit Lake Saturday, July 26. The perfect weather and water made for a great day for junior and master racing.

Winnipeg Rowing Club, with forty athletes competing, came away with a number of first places finishes in the following events:

Junior Men’s 1x – Josh Mintz
Master Men’s 1x – Kevin Kowalyk
Master Women’s 1x – Tracy Taylor
Junior Women’s 2x – Fiona Rettie, Hanika Nakagawa
Junior Men’s 2x – Steve Chubaty, Josh Mintz
Master Women’s 2x – Sheila Wilcon-Kowal, Freddie von Aweyden
Junior Women’s 4x – Fiona Retter, Anais Giasson, Drew Wiebe, Hanika Nakagawa
Master Men’s 4x – Jeff Reitberger, Satoru Nakagawa, Kevin Kowalyk, Andrew Lamont
Master Women’s 4x – Sheila Wilson-Kowal, Freddie von Aweyden, Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor
Mixed Master’s 4x – Brandi Smith, Tracy Taylor, Kevin Kowalyk, Andrew Lamont

Winnipeg Rowing Club is heading back to Kenora in two weeks to race in the 111th NWIRA Championship Regatta in hopes to reclaim the coveted  Lipton Cup.