Texas rowers shine at Royal Canadian Henley
Aug. 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Three Texas rowers posted a stellar showing last week at the 128th annual Royal Canadian Henley in St. Catharine's, Ontario. Former Longhorn Meg George, rising senior Jennifer VanderMaarel and incoming freshman Sydney Boyes wrapped up the event with a total of nine gold medals.
VanderMaarel and Boyes raced for St Catharine's Rowing Club and earned four gold medals each, taking gold in the senior women's eight, under-23 women's eight, senior women's 4+ and the under-23 4+.
"This has been the best summer ever," VanderMaarel said. "We are going to take the success we have had back to Texas and continued to build upon it."
George rowed for Oklahoma City Riversport at the Henley and claimed a gold medal in the under-23 pair, while notching a second-place finish in the under-23 double and posting a fourth-place showing in the under-23 quad.
"My success this summer is a testament to the training I've been doing in Oklahoma at the High Performance Camp in terms of sculling," George said. "I look forward to making more improvements."
George has been invited to be a resident at the Oklahoma City High Performance Training Center. Her residency includes coaching from national team coaches, access to the boathouse and its boats, subsidized housing, tuition waivers, help finding a job and access to state-of-the-art training equipment.