Memorial heads up the pond
As in previous years, Memorial University is sponsoring a rowing team in the St. John’s Regatta, one of North America’s oldest sporting events.
Team members are Jessica Bartlett (coxswain) alumna; Tamara Smith (stroke, biochemistry graduate student); Betty Ann Lewis (5th and intermediate secretary with the Department of Biochemistry) Tish Churchill (4th and intermediate secretary with the Department of French and Spanish); Karen Slaney (3rd and payroll officer with the Department of Human Resources); Judy Thorne (2nd and part-time student); Victoria Strange (1st and alumna); Rhonda White (spare and science technician III with the Department of Biology); Ann Winsor (spare and alumna).
The team raced on Saturday, July 8, and came first in the time trials with a time of 6:05:24. They also raced during the Discovery Day race on Saturday, June 24, with a time of 6:20:28.
The university will also have a presence in another way. Students at the Marine Institute have teamed up and will be rowing for a Department of National Defense sponsored team. The team is: Coxwain Carry Bourne, first Jory Brown, second Adam Choi, third Jonathan Hawco-Mifflen, fourth Trevor Flynn, fifth Francois Lemieux, and sixth Chad Strickland.
Each team member is a current student with the Marine Institute in its Department of National Defense programs. This team will also row in the Placentia regatta. In the time trials, the team turned a second place finish with an impressive time of 10:41, enough to qualify them for an early morning spin on the pond Regatta Day.
This is the first time the Marine Institute has participated in the Regatta with a team. The event will also mark the institute’s launch of its new recruitment campaign “Where You Want To Be.” All faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to come out pond side to cheer these teams on.