Upper Canada College’s senior lightweight crews showed that they’re the best in the country with first- and second-place finishes at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association’s national championships in St. Catharines, Ont. on June 7.
The 72-kilogram eight-plus-coxswain team dominated its final race and led from start to finish. The 72-kilogram four-plus-coxswain team finished a strong second in its final to take a silver medal.
The heavyweight eight-plus coxswain team also placed second in a very competitive division.
“The senior eight-plus is the premier event at our national championship,” says coach Grant Boyd. “For our boys to come home with a silver medal is a huge accomplishment for that crew, and a massive statement by our program.”
The heavyweight four-plus coxswain team also acquitted itself very well and just missed the podium with a fourth place finish.
All of last year’s junior varsity rowers moved up to varsity this year, so this season was more about development for the squad — and it made great strides. Both the heavyweight eight-plus and lightweight eight-plus teams came close to medaling with fourth place finishes.
“The JV guys really stepped up their game this year and have set up our program for more success in the future,” say Boyd.
“No other program has the depth in talent that our program has. And I don’t remember the last time UCC was on the podium in the senior heavy eight-plus. It goes way back to before my time at the College.”