Sunday, November 05, 2006

Proud Papa - Canadian University Championships

Jaime is at the Canadian University Championships (CUR) this weekend in St. Catherines, Ontario. Her UVIC lightweight womens' four is the defending national champion.

But on Saturday, they had to give up their crown, as they finished third in the four, losing to perennial rival Queens and upstart Western. Western also won the overall title, the first time they'd done so.

While third in the nation is nothing to sneeze at, I know that Jaime and her team are disappointed not to have won for the third year in a row. The good news is that they're a young team, and they'll all be back for another year, so they should be even stronger next year.

UVIC's coach Rick Crawley wrote up the results of the regatta here for the UVIC website.

Jaime was also rowing her single for the first time at the CURs. She came fifth overall. UVIC was the only womens team to place a boat in every final race, but they only came away with one win, in the women's lightweight double. Jaime wasn't in that boat this time.

Now Jaime is off to Welland for the first-ever National Rowing Championships which is a new, invitation-only gathering of some of the best rowers in Canada, put on by Rowing Canada. She'll be rowing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday out there, before heading back to Victoria.

UPDATE -- Jaime recovered from the disappointment on Saturday with a huge effort in the time trials at the NRC's on Sunday. She finished ninth out of all the lightweight women, and first among the Under 23's. She's qualified for more racing on Monday and Tuesday.

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