CHENARD WINS FOUR GOLD MEDALS AT THE CANADIAN HENLEY ROWING REGATTA
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Three weeks after winning a gold and silver medal at the USRowing Club National Championships, Sacramento State rower Aimee Chenard took home four gold medals at the 125th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta this past week (Aug. 7-12) at Port Dalhousie’s Martindale Pond.
As a member of Philadelphia’s Vesper Boat Club, Chenard, who will be a senior at Sacramento State next year, won gold in the Championship Women’s Eight (four seat), Senior Women’s Eight (four seat), Senior B Women’s Eight (six seat) and Women’s Eight Dash (six seat) events. Chenard also competed for Vesper in the Senior B Women’s Four which placed fifth.
Chenard combined to compete in 10 races during the regatta when counting both the heats and championship races. Established in 1902, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is a six-day, world class rowing competition that draws over 2,700 men and women from over 150 rowing clubs.
Each of Chenard’s four gold medal winning boats won their respective races by at least three seconds, including a victory by more than nine seconds in the Senior Women’s Eight, and more than 11 seconds in the Senior B Women’s Eight.
In the Championship Women’s Eight competition, Vesper completed the 2,000-meter course with a time of 6:20.39, finishing ahead of St. Catharines Rowing Club (6:23.45), New Haven Rowing Club (6:28.97) and PW Queens (6:42.17). The New Haven boat included three rowers who were part of Yale’s national championship winning varsity eight at the 2007 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.
Chenard has now combined for five gold medals and a silver medal over the last three weeks while competing for the Vesper Rowing Club. Three weeks ago at the USRowing Club National Championships, the Fairfield, Calif., native won gold as a member of the Senior Four and a silver in the Intermediate Eight.
Chenard has been a member of Sacramento State’s top boat (varsity eight) during each of her first three seasons with the Hornets. She sat at stroke for Sacramento State’s varsity eight last year, and helped lead the team to its second consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) team championship. The WIRA Championships serve as Sacramento State’s conference championship.
Senior B Women’s Four
1. U. Victoria 6:54.61
2. New Haven Rowing Club 6:58.41
3. Boston Rowing Club 6:59.89
4. St. Catharines Rowing Club 7:00.30
5. Vesper Boat Club 7:02.98 (Chenard - 2)
6. South Niagara Rowing Club 7:08.19
Championship Women’s Eight
1. Vesper Boat Club 6:20.39 (Chenard - 4)
2. St. Catharines Rowing Club 6:23.45
3. New Haven Rowing Club 6:28.97
4. PW Queens 6:42.17
Senior Women’s Eight
1. Vesper Boat Club A 6:44.50 (Chenard - 4)
2. New York Athletic Club 6:54.16
3. Vesper Boat Club B 6:56.63
4. Thompson Boat Club A 7:00.32
5. West Side Rowing Club 7:04.25
6. Thompson Boat Club B 7:39.13
Women’s Eight Dash (500 meters)
1. Vesper Boat Club A 1:29.75 (Chenard - 6)
2. New York Athletic Club 1:33.26
3. Vesper Boat Club B 1:35.10
4. West Side Rowing Club 1:35.17
5. Riverside Boat Club 1:35.77
6. Minneapolis Rowing Club 1:42.92
Senior B Women’s Eight
1. Vesper Boat Club 6:41.45 (Chenard - 6)
2. Boston Rowing Club 6:52.61
3. Thompson Boat Club 6:52.71
4. St. Catharines Rowing Club 6:53.70
5. South Niagara Rowing Club 6:57.92
6. West Side Rowing Club NTT