Day 3 – Update on June 13 by Head Coach Ali Williams
Previously, Aline had qualified her Jr. (U17) Single for the final and Isabelle / Aline had qualified their Sr. (U19) Double for the final as well.
Aline was up first, racing against some very tough competition. Aline came through the 1000m mark in fourth and made a courageous push to claim third place at the 1250 mark. As the boats passed Henley Island the assembled coaches and spectators gasped as Aline was in the bronze medal position by half a canvas. As the race moved into the last 500 meters the battle for third was on. The opposing sculler put in a big move that Aline could not quite counter after the effort she had expended to get herself on terms in the 3rd 500m. Aline claimed fourth in a tight race, only missing out on the medal positions by 2 seconds.
Around 5 hours later, after a short thunder delay, Isabelle and Aline headed out for the final in the Senior Womens Double. Not content with playing it safe, the two girls threw everything they had at the competition from the word go in the hopes of startling one of the other crews into a making a mistake. The high pace did not quite pay off in this competitive and highly experienced field. Aline and Isabelle finished an excellent sixth. The two girls took their chances early to try and race for medals, displaying great Edmonton racing spirit.
Till Tietz, a member of the ERC summer club, achieved the (possibly) unprecedented feat of winning both the lightweight and the heavyweight Senior Mens Eights in the 7-seat of the St. Georges 8. We look forward to having TIll back in Edmonton this summer.
The ERC came away from the 2014 schoolboy regatta with one fourth place, one sixth place and two fourth places in the semi-finals. Well done to all. We hope to send more of our high school rowers to next years regatta.
Semi-finals day started under a cloudless sky and temperatures that were forecast to hit the 30oC mark during the early hours of the afternoon.
Aline Belzil was the first to brave themid-day sun in her heat of the Junior (U17) Womens Single. She raced strong and looked sharp to come second in her race. It later transpired that she posted the third fastest time of all three heats and comfortably qualified for the Final (Sunday, 1:46PM local time).
Barely 30 min later Michael Hohnstein headed out in his Hudson single to grab one of the qualifying spots in the semifinal of the Senior (U19) Mens Single. The top three scullers advanced to the final in this highly competitive race. Michael raced extremely well, but just missed out on the final by coming 4th.
Isabelle Belzil contested the semifinal in the Senior Womens Single a few hours later. Similar to the Mens event, Isabelle was looking to secure a top three spot to advance to the final. Isabelle had a great race and gave it her everything. She came through the 1000m mark in fifth, three boat lengths behind third. In a great sprint finish, Isabelle took fourth and finished a mere 3 seconds off third place.
Both Isabelle and Michael would have qualified for the finals on time. A fantastic achievement.
Given Isabelles massive effort in the SW1x, it took many bottles of cold water and packs gummibears to get her race ready for the semifinal in the Senior Womens Double with Aline one and a half hours later. This event required a top 2 placing to qualify for the final. The Senior Womens Double was the most heavily subscribed event of the whole regatta with 39 entries in total. Aline and Isabelle raced an aggressive race to fight off a mid race charge for second place and comfortably qualified for the final on Sunday (4:32PM local time).
We are extremely happy to have qualified two out of four crews for the final in this national level regatta.
Best of the luck to the girls racing tomorrow. Go Archbishop MacDonald! Go Marauders!
Day 1 – Update on June 6 by Head Coach Ali Williams
Today was a fantastic first day of racing for the three Edmonton athletes at the Schoolboy rowing championships.
Michael was first to head out racing his heat of the senior mens single. It was a tight race heading down the course, he put his foot down in the last 500m pulling away to a comfortable win and progression safely through to the semi finals tomorrow.
Next was Isabelle Belzil in the Senior women’s single. She came out strong and faced a tough race through the middle thousand. She steamed home in the last 500m just missing out on first place. However qualifying 5th fastest time overall and also cementing her place in the semi finals tomorrow. A great gutsy race from Isabelle.
Last off the day was the Senior Womens double, Isabelle Belzil and Aline Belzil. Aline making her debut in her first national level regatta.
They came out of the blocks very clean, driving it through the middle thousand they held onto the strong regina double finishing a close 2 seconds behind. They Finished 5th fastest overall and also progress through to the semi finals tomorrow.
Tomorrow we look forward to the 3 semi finals as well as Aline heading out in her heat of the junior women’s 1x.
Congrats on a great day of racing. We look forward to tomorrow. Best of luck to all 3 athletes!!!