Win­ning on the wa­ter

Team P.E.I. row­ers win rib­bons and medals at Nova Sco­tia com­pe­ti­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

With just two weeks to go be­fore the Canada Games in Win­nipeg, Man., Team P.E.I. turned in a win­ning per­for­mance at the re­cent Nova Sco­tia sprints in Dart­mouth, N.S.

The six row­ers brought home rib­bons and medals from the two day com­pe­ti­tion which fea­tured the Canada Games squads from Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick, as well as other top row­ers in the re­gion.

Ail­ish Ber­gin won the B fi­nal in the ju­nior women’s sin­gle sculls, fin­ish­ing sixth out of 12 com­peti­tors. Ber­gin switched to row­ing from triathlon this sea­son and will be the first woman from P.E.I. to com­pete in the sin­gles event at the Games.

Molly Rain­nie and Caro­line Tweel were also win­ners, fin­ish­ing first in the novice women’s dou­ble sculls. The duo also had com­pet­i­tive times in the ju­nior women’s and mas­ter women’s events.

Don­ald DeWolfe and Tris­tan Rus­sell Ma­cLean landed a spot in the A fi­nal for the mas­ter’s men’s dou­ble sculls, fin­ish­ing fifth. They were the win­ners of the B fi­nal of the ju­nior men’s dou­ble sculls and were just 20 sec­onds be­hind the win­ners in the time tri­als in a very com­pet­i­tive field.

Josh Tweel rowed a solid race in his first time in the sin­gle sculls event. He also teamed up with DeWolfe, Rain­nie and Tweel for an ex­hi­bi­tion race in the mas­ter’s mixed quad. Ber­gin and Rus­sell Ma­cLean also raced to­gether in a mixed dou­bles ex­hi­bi­tion event.

DeWolfe and Rus­sell Ma­cLean were also the top row­ers in the skills com­pe­ti­tion, beat­ing out two other teams.

The team was sup­ported by head coach Mike Gib­son as well as Heather MacKin­non, who is part of the Women in Coach­ing Canada Games ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram. The coaches will be trav­el­ling to the Games with the team, along with man­ager Nancy Rus­sell.

The six row­ers now set their sights on Kenora, Ont., where they will com­pete in the sin­gle and dou­ble sculls.

While the main com­pe­ti­tions are in Win­nipeg, the row­ing venue is at Rab­bit Lake in Kenora, just over two hours from Win­nipeg.

The com­pe­ti­tion runs July 31Aug. 4 and will be watch­able via we­b­cast

Team P.E.I. trains out of the Char­lot­te­town Yacht Club.

SUB­MIT­TED

The P.E.I. Canada Games row­ing team re­turned with hard­ware and rib­bons from a warmup event against Games squads from Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick in Dart­mouth, N.S. Mem­bers of the team are, from left, Josh Tweel, Tris­tan Rus­sell Ma­cLean, Don­ald DeWolfe, Molly Rain­nie, Caro­line Tweel and Ail­ish Ber­gin.

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