Finals day!! It certainly has been a long week here up in St. Catharines, and today was the culminating day! The morning at the cottage was full of anxious but fun energy. Everyone woke up and trickled in and out of the common room, made breakfast, caffeinated, etc. and then one by one were shuttled to the course for our races.
The first to go were the U23 men, Jack and Nathan. They raced in the final of the Champ M2- and took third, which was pretty darn impressive seeing as how they had only rowed that boat together about four times (including racing)! Next up was Rhiannon in the U23 Women’s Single final, where she also took third in a competitive field!
The afternoon hosted the finals for the Champ 1x’s. First to go were us women. Taylor and Liza took off on the field early in the race and took 1st and 2nd respectively. I was in the middle of the pack for much of the race and then had to dig really deep to hold out for a 5th place finish. And finally, Andy and Mark represented the Cedar Leaves in the Champ M1x final. They both fought hard and took 2nd and 6th respectively.
All in all it was an AWESOME week of racing here in Canada and it was really great to send our U23’s out with a bang. I am about to hitch a ride back to my family home in Michigan with a few nice college kids from Wisconsin – so I have to go! That’s a wrap on Canadian Henley 2019!