|Elizabeth Kantak (left) and Colleen Giesbrecht (right) competed at the 132nd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta this past weekend.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
Junior Elizabeth Kantak
and freshman Colleen Giesbrecht competed at the 132nd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta this past weekend.
The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is hailed as the top amateur rowing event in North America. Each year, it welcomes international competitors and visitors from across Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Latin America.
A native of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Kantak competed in three events with the Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association. Kantak raced in the Senior Eight, the Under-23 Eight and the Under-23 Straight Four.
Kantak, who raced in seat seven for Penn AC, crossed the finish line in sixth place in the grand final of the Senior Eight with a time of 6:54.32. Penn AC and Kantak also earned a fifth-place finish in the grand final of the Under-23 Eight with a time of 7:05.19.
Giesbrecht competed in four events with her hometown club St. Catharines Rowing Club. Giesbrecht raced in the Under-19 Coxed Four, the Under-19 Quad, the Under-23 Eight and the Under-19 Eight.
Giesbrecht’s crew made it to the grand final in a field of 64 crews during the Under-19 Coxed Four event. Giesbrecht, who sat in the two seat for St. Catharines, crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 7:22.91. Among 43 entries, Giesbrecht also earned a fifth-place finish in the grand final of the Under-19 Quad with a time of 7:56.26.
"Racing at the Canadian Henley is club racing at its finest in North America,” coach Jimmy King said. “It's always great to see our Mountaineers on the summer racing circuit, and their experiences will certainly enhance our program at WVU."