Rowing (W) news
Jo-Annie Fortin, a 21-year-old psychology freshman at McGill University, finished fourth with the Canadian synchronized swim squad in the team routine final at the Olympics, Friday. Fortin, a Montrealer, had the best finish of the six McGillians that competed at the London Games. Ten other McGill grads served at the Games as coaches or administrators.
Derek O'Farrell and Doug Vandor, both of whom got their start in a novice boat with the McGill University rowing team, finished ninth and 14th in their respective events at the Summer Olympics, Saturday.
Two McGill University grads -- rower Derek O'Farrell and beach volleyballer Marie-Andrée Lessard -- were knocked out of medal contention on Day 6 at the Olympics, Thursday. O'Farrell and his crew finished fifth in a men's fours semifinal heat and the Canadian boat has been relegated to Saturday's consolation final. Lessard and her teammate were bounced out of the Games after a 2-1 loss to It
It may have been a shiny "Triple Medal Tuesday" for Canada at the Summer Olympics but it was a dreary day for a couple of McGill University graduates. Doug Vandor had his medal hopes dashed after a fourth-place finish in the repechage with the Canadian men's lightweight double sculls. Elsewhere, in beach volleyball, McGill grad Marie-Andrée Lessard lost 2-1 to Russia in a preliminary round matc
Derek O’Farrell, a former McGill University rower from Montreal, helped the Canadian men’s heavyweight four to finish third in their heat, Monday, advancing to the semifinal round at the Olympic Games.
It has been a less than stellar debut for McGill's Olympians at the Summer Games in London. In rowing, Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que., placed third in the opening heat of the men's lightweight double sculls, Sunday. Meanwhile, in women's beach volleyball, McGill grad Marie-Andrée Lessard of LaSalle, Que., lost 2-1 in her pairs preliminary opener to Britain.
Former McGill University swimmer Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., finished fifth in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay (3:39.60) at the Summer Olympics on Saturday.Rowers Douglas Vandor of Dewittville, Que., and Derek O'Farrell of Montreal - who both got their start in a McGill novice boat - are slated to make their Olympic debut at the Summer Games on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
Doug Vandor, a Canadian Olympian who began his rowing career more than a decade ago with the novice crew at McGill University, finished fourth in the lightweight men's double at the Samsung World Rowing Cup competition in Lucerne, Sunday. It marked the second straight year that Vandor just missed the podium at the Swiss regatta.
The McGill rowing team won six of eight races to capture the 16th annual Queen's-McGill Boat Challenge on the Lachine Canal, Saturday. It was McGill's first overall title in four years and improved McGill's record to 7-9 overall for the Lorne Gales Challenge Cup, which is the Canadian equivalent of the Oxford-Cambridge race in England and the Harvard-Yale competition in the United States.
The 16th annual McGill-Queen's Challenge Boat Race is scheduled for Saturday morning (April 28) on the Lachine Canal. The Queen's Gaels lead the all-time series 9-6 between the long-time foes since the head-to-head competition was first introduced in 1997. This unique regatta is the Canadian equivalent of England's annual Oxford-Cambridge and the annual Harvard-Yale race in the U.S.
No champagne bottles were harmed when the McGill Rowing team held a boat christening on lower campus Saturday, Sept. 17. “If these were our old wooden boats the champagne bottle would have definitely lost,” said Philip Hedrei, head coach of the team. “But these new boats are too fragile for that,” he laughed.
The McGill University Rowing Club will be christening seven recently-purchased boats in a ceremony to be held Saturday (Sept. 17) at 11 a.m. on the lower campus. Among the team's alumni expected for the ceremony are Canadian Olympians Doug Vandor and Henry Hering and Henry Hering, as well as Robert Baxter, a founder of the modern-day club, which was rejuvenated back in 1976.
Doug Vandor, a product of the McGill University rowing program from Dewittville, Que., finished fourth at the Samsung World Cup regatta in Switzerland, Sunday.
The Queen's University rowing team won six of eight races to capture the 15th annual Queen's-McGill Boat Challenge on the Cataraqui River in Kingston, Sunday. The victory improved Queen's record to 9-6 overall for the Lorne Gales Challenge Cup, which is the Canadian equivalent of the Oxford-Cambridge race in England and the Harvard-Yale competition in the United States.
The 15th annual Queen's-McGill Challenge Boat Race is scheduled for Sunday (May 1) on the Cataraqui River in Kingston, Ont. This unique regatta is the Canadian equivalent of England's annual Oxford-Cambridge and the annual Harvard-Yale race in the U.S.