Gaels rowers nab three national medals

Gaels rowers nab three national medals

By Communications Staff

November 6, 2017


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Louise Munro of the Queen's Gaels claimed a silver medal in the women's single event at the Canadian University Rowing Championships in Burnaby, B.C. (File photo)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels athletes and teams in action over the weekend:

The Queen’s Gaels put in an impressive showing at the Canadian University Rowing Championships in Burnaby, B.C. on Sunday winning three medals.

Starting off the morning races on Burnaby Lake was Gavin Stone in men's single who claimed the bronze medal with a time of 6:51.2, a mere half second out of second place.

Shortly after, Louise Munro added to the medal haul with a silver in the women's single, finishing with a time of 8:20.4.

Next up was Alexander Bernst and Nicholas Grubic in the lightweight men's double and the duo brought in another silver medal with a time of 6:56.5.

Other strong results included a fifth place for Elliot Hall and Robert Cadman in men's pair while Paige Adams and Cassidy Deane raced to a sixth-place finish in the women's pair.

With three national medals to their name and the university season concluded, the Gaels now look ahead to the National Rowing Championships on Nov. 9 in Burnaby.


The Queen’s Gaels took a resounding 38-10 win over the No. 7 seed Acadia Axewomen in the U Sports consolation semifinal in a snowy Lethbridge on Saturday.

On Thursday the No. 6 Gaels fell to the No. 3 Calgary Dinos 41-5 in windy, snowy conditions.

“It is always a challenge to recover from a quarterfinal loss and I thought our leadership group did a really admirable job keep our athletes dialed in,” said Queen’s head coach Dan Valley. “I couldn't be more proud of the effort they put in today.”

Queen’s got on the board early and often with a pair of tries by 2017 U SPORTS Rookie of the Year Sophie de Goede and another by Nadia Popov, who converted all three for a 21-0 lead.

After Acadia got on the board Thea White scored an unconverted try for the Gaels and then Popov went on a 40-metre scamper for her second try of the game for 31-5 lead at the half.

After the break Janna Slevinsky added another try for the final score for the Gaels.


The Queen's Gaels had no trouble getting past the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA semifinal on Saturday with a 54-7 win. The Gaels will now host the OUA championship next weekend at Nixon Field.

The Gaels pushed the pace on Laurier early, looking to get an early lead and Ruairidh MacPhail opened the scoring with Alex Colborne coverting to give Queen's an early 7-0 lead.

After Laurier evened the score the Gaels broke the game open with 21 points in a 10-minute span with tries from Dylan Young, Alex Pipchuk, and Lachlon Devir. Heading into halftime, the Gaels led 35-7.

In the second half, Evan Underwood extended the lead with a try at the 59-minute mark and Queen's added two more tries and conversions to seal the win.


The Queen’s Gaels beat the UOIT Ridgebacks 3-0 to take the OUA bronze medal on Sunday in Oshawa.

A day earlier, the Gaels feel to a 1-0 extra-time loss against the Western Mustangs in the OUA semifinal.

Against OUIT, Queen’s got goals from Lidia Bradau, Matija Skoko, and Alexandra Doane.

This is the team’s third medal in three years after winning gold in 2015 and silver in 2016.


The Queen's Gaels (3-0) crushed the Brock Badgers 80-38 Sunday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre.

Andrea Priamo led the way with 16 point and eight rebounds while Marianne Alarei added 15 points and seven boards.

On Saturday the Gaels topped the No. 5 McMaster Marauders (1-1) 90-79 at the ARC.

After McMaster came out hot to grab an early lead the hosts dominated the fourth quarter – including an 18-1 run – to put the game away.

Veronika Lavergne had a massive game with 29 points and nine rebounds while Priamo added 24 points.


After opening the season with a pair of wins, the Queen’s Gaels (2-1) dropped a tough 91-86 decision to the No. 2 nationally-ranked Brock Badgers (4-0) Saturday at the ARC.

The Gaels closed to within a point with 10 seconds left but a miscue on an inbounds play sealed the win for the Badgers. Guard Jaz Bains scored 22 points with seven assists while Quinton Gray added 19 points.

On Saturday, the Gaels beat the McMaster Marauders (1-1) 99-87 at the ARC. Mike Shoveller busted out with 31 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double and Harry Range had 17 points.


It was quite the finish on Saturday night for the No. 10 Queen's Gaels (5-1-0-1) as the Tricolour mounted an amazing comeback in the final minutes of regulation and overtime to beat the Laurentian Voyageurs (2-0-2-1).

Jessica Wakefield scored twice, including the overtime winner to lead the Gaels to victory.

Trailing 3-1 on a goal by Addi Halladay, the Gaels tied it up with goals in the closing five minutes from Wakefield and Halladay. Just 25 seconds into overtime Wakefield found the back of the net for the win.

On Friday the Gaels grabbed another late win beating the Nipissing Lakers (2-0-2-0) 3-2 at the Memorial Centre.

With the game tied 2-2 in the closing minute, Jessica Wakefield netted the game-winner with six seconds left. Taylor Hicks and Michele Knecht scored for the Gaels earlier. Stephanie Pascal picked up the win in net with 25 saves


The Queen’s Gaels (4-1-3) earned a split on the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win over the No. 9 UQTR Patriots (7-1-1) Saturday in Trois Rivieres.

Duncan Campbell scored the winner at 3:35 of overtime, while Slater Doggett scored a shorthanded marker in the third period. Jacob Brennan was solid between the pipes for Queen's and made 29 saves in the victory.

On Friday the Gaels tumbled 6-3 to the Patriots after falling behind early. Spencer Abraham, Eric Ming, and Ryan Bloom scored for the Gaels.


The Queen's Gaels (1-1) suffered a heartbreaking loss in a hard-fought five-set match against the York Lions (3-0) on Sunday, falling 25-21, 15-25, 31-29, 22-25 and 20-18. Markus Trence had 27 kills with an ace and eight blocks and Jack Peckham added 10 kills and six blocks.

On Friday the Gaels won their home opener against the Nipissing Lakers in straight sets 25-12, 25-21 and 27-25. Trence had 18 kills and an ace while Zane Grossinger had 35 assists.


The Queen's Gaels (2-1) swept the Nipissing Lakers (1-1) in three sets in their home opener 25-22, 25-20 and 25-16 Saturday at the ARC. Shannon Neville led the Gaels attack with 12 kills and four aces while Sierra Hardy had 27 assists.

On Sunday the Gaels (2-1) suffered a straight sets loss to the York Lions (1-1) 25-15, 25-18 and 25-19. Despite their best efforts the York attack was too strong. Neville finished with nine kills and two aces.