Two weeks ago St. Michaels University School and the SMUS Community Rowing Centre were thrilled to watch as two of our alumni raced in the National Rowing Championships (NRCs).
Michelle (Mickey) Aylard teamed up with WSU school mate Megan McDonald to fight a strong field in the Women’s Open 2-, and finished third in the C-Final (15th overall). Balancing her full-time studies at Washington State University with her training, Mickey is a rising star within the ranks of US Colligate Rowing as well as Rowing BC and Rowing Canada. This past summer Mickey finished the U23 World Championships with a bronze medal in the Women’s 4-. Mickey has a bright future!
The other SMUS alumni racing at the NRCs was Liz Fenje. Liz raced exceedingly well and finished 5th place in the A-Final. She was 14 seconds off the winner, and only 10 seconds off of the second and third place finishers. In lightweight women’s rowing there are only 2 spots at the Olympic Games in the LW2X. Liz continues to work hard and race fast! With her work ethic and attitude she will be able to close the margin on the top Canadian women over the next 4 years, and we will hopefully see her in Tokyo 2020.