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RCA – Lucerne regatta finishes with gold medal win in lightweight women’s double sculls

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND Sunday, May 29, 2016 – During a wet weekend at World Rowing Cup II, Canada appeared in four Final A appearances, leading to a gold medal from Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee in the lightweight women’s double sculls. Carling Zeeman of the women’s single sculls, Kate Sauks of the lightweight women’s single sculls and the women’s eight all competed in Final A today in Lucerne, Switzerland.
World Cup II is the final international competition for Canadian rowers prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The weekend’s highlight of a Canadian gold medal capped a strong regatta for Jennerich and Obee. The crew finished first in both their heat and semifinal before advancing to today’s Final A. A tight battle between boats throughout the race, the duo led the charge in the last 500 metres, securing their first place finish.
“We hung in there enough that when we really started to turn that dial up, it was there,” said Jennerich. “It’s all about timing, it’s about choosing that moment at the right time. In this field, it’s so tight and these girls are so good. We also need to believe that we are. We haven’t been one of them but we are now. I’m really proud of Patricia for getting to enjoy her first Lucerne gold medal and our first gold medal together.”
Four boats – the men’s four, the lightweight men’s four and two women’s pair crews – competed in Final B at World Cup 2. The men’s quadruple sculls withdrew from competition on Saturday after appearing in their heat.


Canada has qualified seven boats for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games.
RCA, alongside the Canadian Olympic Committee, will announce the team of athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday, June 28 in Toronto. RCA will also host media availabilities at training camps in Guelph and London, Ontario on July 23. Details for all media events will be released closer to the date.
2016 Canadian Rowing Team at World Cup 2, Lucerne, Switzerland
Women’s Eight – 4th, Final A
Lisa Roman (UWO Rowing Club – Langley, BC)
Cristy Nurse (Ottawa Rowing Club – Georgetown, ON)
Natalie Mastracci (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Thorold, ON)
Susanne Grainger (London Rowing Club– London, ON)
Lauren Wilkinson (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club – North Vancouver, BC)
Ashley Brzozowicz (Peterborough Rowing Club – Omemee, ON)
Christine Roper (Ottawa Rowing Club – Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (Ottawa Rowing Club – Smithers, BC)
Lesley Thompson-Willie (London Rowing Club – London, ON)
Women’s Pair – 4th, Final B
Jennifer Martins (Don Rowing Club – Toronto, ON)
Caileigh Filmer (University of California/Victoria City Rowing Club – Victoria, BC)
Women’s Single Scull – 5th, Final A
Carling Zeeman (Sudbury Rowing Club– Cambridge, ON)
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls – 1st, Final A
Lindsay Jennerich (University of Victoria – Victoria, BC)
Patricia Obee (Victoria City Rowing Club – Victoria, BC)
Men’s Four – 2nd, Final B
Kai Langerfeld (University of Victoria – North Vancouver, BC)
Conlin McCabe (Brockville Rowing Club – Brockville, ON)
Matthew Buie (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Duntroon, ON)
Will Crothers (Kingston Rowing Club – Kingston, ON)
Lightweight Men’s Four – 3rd, Final B
Nicolas Pratt (Kingston Rowing Club – Kingston, ON)
Maxwell Lattimer (UBC Rowing Club – Delta, BC)
Brendan Hodge (Brentwood College School – Delta, BC)
Eric Woelfl (Brock University Rowing Club/Ridley Grad Boat Club – St. Catharines, ON)
Lightweight Women’s Single Scull (alternate) – 5th, Final A
Kate Sauks (Victoria City Rowing Club – Owen Sound, ON)
Women’s Pair (alternate) – 6th, Final B
Nicole Hare (Washington State University – Calgary, AB)
Hillary Janssens (University of British Columbia – Cloverdale, BC)
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