It was a wonderful way to end an amazing year of Ridley sport as our Rowers put on a show during a colourful weekend at the National Rowing Championships in St. Catharines! Having posted their best qualifying day in almost two decades on Saturday moving 10 of their 19 entries to Sundays finals, the Tigers kept the positive momentum going earning two National Championship trophies as well as three silver and one bronze medal.
Ridley had 19 entries in this year's regatta, the most for the school since the 1990's which in an of itself was a suggestion that the programme is growing both in numbers and talent. But it was how the Tigers performed over the course of the weekend that really showed how much progress has been made this year.
Of the 19 crews entered, 17 of them went through to Saturday's semi finals with the aforementioned 10 boats making their National Championship race. The Sunday started damp and cool but the Ridley crews were electric rattling off four medals in their first four races including Bronze in the Junior Womens 2x, Silver for the Senior Womens Quad, Gold for the Junior Lightweight 4+, and Gold for the Senior Mens Lightweight Double. The crews then put in a great effort to finish just out of the medals in the Senior Mens Single, Senior Womens Double, Junior Mens Double, and the Junior Men's Lightweight 8. Seth Moyer '18 put us back on the podium with a Senior Lightweight Single Silver before rushing back to the dock to jump in the Mens Senior Heavy 8. Having not participated in this final event since our victory in 2012, the boys more than proved they belonged as they fought off the deepest field in this event in more than a decade to finish less than a boat behind Senior laden St. George's Vancouver for the National Silver medal.
We are so proud of the work that this incredible group of young athletes and coaches have put into this sport at our school. In doing so, they have not only put Ridley back near the top of the National table (2nd overall in medals, 2nd overall in points), but they have demonstrated a depth to the program being developed that bodes very well for our future!