Silver in Switzerland for Women’s Eight

Silver in Switzerland for Women’s Eight

The Canadian Women’s eight silver medal highlights World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland, as our nation’s senior rowers complete their European season and turn their focus to the World Championships.

The final day of World Cup III from Lucerne, Switzerland has brought sterling success for the Canadian Women’s Eight crew capturing the silver medal in the penultimate event of the regatta. While several 10 top finishes, sees our nation’s crews leave Lucerne with confidence as focus now shifts to the upcoming 2023 World Rowing Championships.

In an exhilarating final, the Canadian Women’s Eight displayed their determination and strength, launching a powerful surge in the last 500 meters. They finished just 0.7 seconds behind the British crew, who claimed the gold medal in a fiercely contested race. Both teams relentlessly chased the Australian eights throughout the first 1000 meters, leaving the reigning world champion Romanian crew in fourth place. The Canadian crew held onto third place until the final surge propelled them into second, crossing the finish line just behind British team and ahead of the Aussies.

The Canadian Men’s Eight departs Lucerne armed with valuable insights on the necessary preparations ahead of the forthcoming World Rowing Championships in Serbia in September. In a fiercely contested final, the Canadian crew secured a commendable sixth-place finish. Notably, Sunday’s final showcased a significant improvement for the Eight compared to their performances in Friday’s heats, demonstrating their growing strength and competitiveness.

Earlier in the day, Jill Moffatt and Jenny Casson, competing in the Lightweight Women’s Double, delivered an outstanding performance, winning the B Final. Leading from start to finish, the Canadian double fended off a determined Polish duo to secure victory by a mere 0.27 seconds.

Additionally, the Women’s Quad showcased their strength and determination by triumphing in the B Final. With a resolute effort in the final 500 meters, they overtook the Australian Quad to clinch victory, finishing seventh overall for the weekend. This impressive achievement is only their second international regatta as a lineup, and it has boosted their confidence as they continue to build towards the upcoming world championships in Serbia.

Saturday brought a breakthrough win for Karissa Riley in the B Final of the Women’s Lightweight Singles. Despite narrowly missing qualification for the A Final, Riley displayed resilience and determination, winning her first international singles race. She carries this winning mentality as she prepares for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on July 19-23.

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The Men’s Pair, Joel Cullen and Jake Walkey, capped off an eventful two weeks by securing second place in the B Final. Building on their strong performance in The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, the duo showcased their talent once again in their debut senior team appearances.

After an extensive European expedition spanning five weeks, including captivating races at World Cup II in Italy, an intensive training camp in Corgeno, Italy, and a remarkable showcase at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England, the Canadian senior team concludes their journey with this weekend’s performances at World Cup III in Switzerland. This trip has served as a crucial performance benchmark as they approach the imminent 2023 World Rowing Championships, less than two months away.



Women’s Eight (W8+) – A Final – Silver

Jessica Sevick – University of British Columbia / Calgary Rowing Club

Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski – Club d’Aviron Knowlton

Alexis Cronk – University of Victoria Rowing Club

Kirsten Edwards – University of Victoria Rowing Club

Sydney Payne – Brentwood College Rowing Club

Avalon Wasteneys – University of Victoria Rowing Club

Kristina Walker – Kingston Rowing Club / University of British Columbia Rowing Club

Morgan Rosts – Ridley Graduate Boat Club

Kristen Kit (cox) – University of British Columbia / St. Catharines Rowing Club


Men’s Eight (M8+) – A Final – Sixth

Will Crothers – Kingston Rowing Club

Liam Keane – Victoria City Rowing Club

Cody Bailey – London Western Rowing Club

Josh King – Ottawa Rowing Club

Luke Gadsdon – Leander Boat Club / Brock University

Gavin Stone – Queen’s University Rowing Club / Island Lake Rowing Club

Curtis Ames – Calgary Rowing Club

Jakub Buczek – St. Catharines Rowing Club

Laura Court (cox) – St. Catharines Rowing Club


Lightweight Women’s Double (LW2x) – B Final – Winners (7th Overall)

Jill Moffatt – Western University Rowing Club

Jennifer Casson – Kingston Rowing Club


Lightweight Women’s Single (LW1x) – B Final – Winner (7th Overall)

Karissa Riley – Calgary Rowing Club / Western University Rowing Club


Women’s Quad (W4x) – B Final – Winners (7th Overall)

Shannon Kennedy – London Western Rowing Club

Grace VandenBroek – Peterborough Rowing Club / Trent University

Carling Zeeman – Sudbury Rowing Club

Elisa Bolinger – University of Western Ontario


Men’s Pair (M2-) – B Final – Second (8th Overall)

Jack Walkey – Claremont Sports Institute / University of Washington

Joel Cullen – University of British Columbia / University of Washington


Men’s Quad (M4x) – B Final – Third (9th Overall)

Liam Smit – University of British Columbia Rowing Club

Ryan Clegg – Western University Rowing Club

Terek Been – Montreal Rowing Club

Daniel De Groot – St. Catharines Rowing Club


Women’s Double (W2x) – B Final – Fourth (10th Overall)

Katie Clark – University of British Columbia Rowing Club

Marilou Duvernay-Tardif – Knowlton Rowing Club


Men’s Four (M4-) – B Final – Fourth (10th Overall)

Aidan Hembruff – Ottawa Rowing Club / University of Western Ontario

Julien Wiese – University of British Columbia

Axel Ewashko – University of British Columbia

Julian Black – University of British Columbia


Women’s Four (W4-) – B Final – Fourth (10th Overall)

Leia Till – Brockville Rowing Club / University of Virginia

Emma Seawright – Don Rowing Club / University of Tennessee

Abigail Dent – Kenora Rowing Club / University of Michigan

Maya Meschkuleit – Don Rowing Club / Yale University


Men’s Single (M1x) – B Final – Sixth (12th Overall)

Trevor Jones – Peterborough Rowing Club


Women’s Single (W1x) – D Final – Fifth (23rd Overall)

Cassidy Deane – Kingston Rowing Club


Men’s Single (M1x) – E Final – Third (27th Overall)

Steven Rosts – Ridley Graduate Boat Club

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