Brock University Student Takes Overall Winner at Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships
Sarah Slattery, a member of the Brock University women’s rowing team and a kinesiology major from Welland, won the women’s open event at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships.
Slattery set the pace in Sunday’s virtual event with a time of 7:23.2.
“Sarah’s consistent performance paid off even when breaking up each 500-meter segment,” said Brock rowing chief coach Peter Somerwil.
Brock’s Sam Stewart beat his personal best by 1.1 seconds to finish second overall in the men’s U23 category. The history major from London, Ontario needed 6:04.6 to be won as the best Canadian event by Czech Republic’s Jan Cizek.
Although Jared Boles usually competes as a lightweight, Grimsby political science student Brock finished sixth in the U23s and was the third fastest Canadian at the national championships.
As the event was virtual, attendance was not limited to Canadian entries.
Brock was well represented in the final standings of the men’s U23 lightweight race. Stephen Harris, Guelph, Economics; third in 6:27.4, behind two athletes from Uruguay, while Jonathan Cinquina, London, Ontario, Political Science; finished fourth, a tenth of a second behind Harris.
Elijah Lopez finished fourth overall in the men’s U19 event despite having just a year of rowing experience before heading into this freshman season at Brock. Lopez, a kinesiology major from Lloydminster, Alta., finished the race in 6:34.1.
“It’s a very solid performance that shows a lot of potential for the future,” said Somerwil.
This is the second time in as many years that the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships have had to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Stewart came from behind to finish first overall in the U23 men, finishing with a time of 6.09.6