It was a weekend in the mines for the Trent University Excalibur rowing program, as they extracted a pair of medals from the 2017 Canadian University Rowing Championships in Burnaby, British Columbia!
Third year Trevor Jones, an under-23 Canadian National Team member and Burleigh Falls native, blazed through the competition to earn gold, crowning him the defending back-to-back men’s single scull Champion!
Jones, and third year Peterborough native Dan Bullock, a heavyweight men’s pair coming off a 2nd place finish at the Ontario University Athletic Championships, also stood proud on the podium with a bronze medal!
While Trent Rowing, both men’s and women’s race results combined, earned a 5th place finish overall!
“We sent a large team across the country and we are very happy to see strong performances from all of our boats” said Excalibur Head Coach Jessica Reaume. “The Bronze in the Men’s Pair and the Gold in Men’s Single are huge accomplishments, but we are extremely excited with what everyone showed on the water, and we are excited to build off these successes moving forward towards 2018.”
With nine races on Sunday, six were in the A final, including the women’s eight who finshed 6th after missing the championship race each year for the past decade. A great accomplishment by the women, who are beginning to move up the rowing ranks!
"The Championships were a great opportunity to compete against the highest cailber of University rowers in our country" said varsity women's rower Jessica Lenters. "Being able to race in the women's eight A final, against current Olympians, shows how incredibly hard working and dedicated our team has become. BC was an exceptional experince where both our men's and women's teams, our coaches, and Trent Athletics provided immense support and built a sense of community, resulting in the success of reaching high performance goals."
Trent Rowing now begins to dust off the ergs, tuck away the bathing suits, and prepare for winter training inside both the Peterborough Rowing Club and the Trent Athletics Centre.