Rowers shine at Canadian Henley
Aug. 11, 2008
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Fourteen current and former Texas rowers shined at the five-day Royal Canadian Henley in Saint Catharines, Ontario, which wrapped up on Sunday, Aug. 10. The 126th running of the Henley saw Longhorns rowers help their teams to three first-place finishes and four second-place finishes.
Ten current and former Longhorns rowed for the Austin Rowing Club (ARC), while four current Texas rowers competed for St. Catharines Rowing Club.
Current Longhorns Nancy Arrington, Sara Cottingham and Colby Lowrey, teamed with former UT rowers Alex Janss and Kelli Garrett for the ARC to claim fourth in the women's senior 8+, while the quintet led ARC to a second-place finish in the championship women's 8+. Janss and Arrington also helped guide their women's senior four boat to a fourth-place finish.
In the women's senior pair, Janss notched a sixth-place finish for ARC, while UT sophomore Jennifer VanderMaarel posted a fourth-place finish in the women's senior B pair for St. Catharines.
VanderMaarel and incoming freshman Karli Sheahan led St. Catharines to a pair of first-place finishes in the women's senior B 8+ and the women's senior B four, while Sheahan paced her women's senior B 4x boat to a second-place finish. The duo also helped their boat across the finish in second place in the women's 8+ dash.
Incoming freshmen Emma Dirks and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner led St. Catharines to a second-place finish in the junior women's 8+ and Izaguirre-Werner finished first in the junior women's pair.
The Henley settled in St. Catharines in 1903 and since doing so it has grown to become the largest race of its kind in North America. In 2007, over 2,700 men and women from over 150 rowing clubs competed for Henley Gold.