Vic schools row to medals at national championships

St. Michaels University School rowers won one gold and one bronze at the national school rowing championships

St. Michaels University School rowers Hannah Nielsen and Charlie White won bronze in the women's lightweight pair at the national schools championship at the Royal Canadian Henley in St. Catharines

St. Michaels University School rowers won one gold and one bronze at the national school championship at the Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines, Ont.

St. Michaels finished 12th and St. Andrew’s Regional School came in 16th out of the 137 schools in attendance from Canada and the United States.

Hannah Nielsen and Charlie White won bronze in the senior women’s lightweight double, and the junior men’s quad of Ryley Erickson, Brendon Marney, Colin Knightley and Andrew Williams won gold.

It was also the first time St. Michaels entered a men’s eight, one of three fourth-place finishes by the school.

St. Andrews’s also had a pair of boats medal, as the junior boys double of Tristan Hayton and Patrick Keane won silver, as did the junior girls double of Gemma Kerr and Hannah Taft.

“Being able to have seven out of our 10 boats make the final heat is very exciting. The future certainly looks bright for the St. Andrew’s rowing academy,” said head coach Alia Zawacki.