Delaware Rowers and Alumni Compete at 129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
Five current and former Blue Hen Rowers competed at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Cathrines, Ontario.
Patrick Kenny('11) and Patrick Cleveland('12) represented Philadelphia's Penn AC. Competing in four event finals, Pat Kenny and his Penn AC teammates dominated the regatta racking up 3 gold medals and a 4th place finish in 4 events. In the senior men’s pair Kenny placed 4th with a time of 7:25, University of Victoria won the event with a time of 7:15. In the U-23 men’s 4- event, Kenny's boat cruised to a 5 second victory over second place St. Catharines, winning his first Henley Gold at the regatta. In the U-23 8+ Kenny and Penn AC teammates would once again cruise to another open water victory with a time of 5:51, seven seconds ahead of University of Wisconsin's Mendota Rowing Club. In the premier event of the regatta, the Men’s Championship 8+, Kenny's powerhouse Penn AC boat, which included multiple past national team athletes including 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Jason Read, dominated the race with an impressively fast time of 5:43 in slight headwind conditions. Argentina would come in second, 4 seconds behind Penn AC. Patrick Cleveland also represented Penn AC and raced in Sundays final for the senior lightweight 8+. Cleveland’s boat came in 6th with a time of 6:24.
Representing University Barge Club, Blue Hen Alumni, Pete Seymour put on an impressive performance in the highly competitive men’s championship 1x event. In the heats, battling tough headwind conditions, Pete sailed to a 3rd place finish, good enough to advance to the semi -finals. Pete finished with a time of 8:00, only 7 seconds behind the U-23 national team single sculler and eventual winner of the event, Ben Dann. Pete would then finish 5th in the semi-final, missing out on a spot to compete in the final.
Also representing UD was alumni Dave Walton(’09). Walton competed in numerous events for the New York Athletic Club including the senior 8+, the senior 8+ dash, and the senior lwt quad. In the senior 8+, Walton’s boat advanced to the finals and finished 6th overall, with a time of 6:11. The event was won by St. Catharines with a time of 5:51. In the senior 8+ dash Walton’s boat would again advamce to the finals and finish 2nd overall with a time of 1:21.08, a mere .2 seconds behind the winners from Mendota Rowing club. Walton also competed in the senior lwt quad. Walton’s NYAC quad placed 2nd in the heats with a time of 6:20 good enough to advance to the finals. In the finals Walton’s quad would finish 4th with a time of 6:36, ten seconds behind the winners from Ottawa.
Racing for Vesper Boat Club Will Purman(’13) competed in the U-23 lwt 2x event. In the heats for the 2x, battling white caps, Purman’s boat cruised to a first place finish 3 seconds ahead of second place Guelph of Canada with a time of 7:29. In the semi-finals, again facing tough headwind conditions Purman’s boat would come in 3rd securing it a place in the final. Purman’s boat finished with a time of 7:32 a mere .3 seconds behind 2nd place St.Catharines and 3 seconds behind Ottawa. In the final of the lwt 2x Purman’s boat was in 3rd place when it caught a boat stopping crab with 700 to go. Purman’s boat would then finish 6th.
Representing Boston’s Riverside Boat Club, Alec Walczak(’12) competed in multiple events, including the U-23 lwt 2x and 4-. In rough headwind conditions, Alec’s 2x finished 4th in the heats just missing out on advancing to the semi’s with a time of 7:52. In the lwt 4- Alec’s RBC boat finished 4th in the heats with a time of 6:30.
The Canadian Henley marks the last regatta of the summer for UD rowers competing for clubs. The Blue Hens will compete again at the annual Navy Day Regatta, their first head race of the fall season.
Full Results: Canley Results