Canadian Rowers Deliver Another Stellar Performance in Eton Dorney: Women’s Eight Takes Second


Two years ago rowers Lesley Thompson-Willie, Andreanne Morin, Darcy Marquardt, Ashley Brzozowicz, Natalie Mastracci, Lauren Wilkinson, Krista Guloien, Rachelle Viinberg, and Janine Hanson came together to form the Canadian Women’s eight boat with the common goal of competing in the London 2012 Summer Games.

Yesterday, they realized that goal.

“I had so much trust in the work we’ve done,” said Darcy Marquardt of Richmond. “We’ve been so consistent day after day in training and racing this season. We laid it all on the line…[for second place]. We can’t be upset with that.”

The favorites going into the race were the defending champions from the U.S. This indomitable crew had not seen defeat in international competition in seven years and, as it turned out, they weren’t ready to relinquish that winning streak.

The Dutch crew made an advance on Team USA in an early attack to no avail and the Canadians held out to make their bid for victory until the last 500m. It was a valiant effort, but one that resulted in a respectable second place finish. They will followed by the Netherlands women who rounded out the podium in third.

“[The Americans are] a formidable crew and maybe it would have been a different result on a different day,” said Natalie Mastacci of Thorold, Ontario. “But this is what happened today and you have to applaud. They’re a great crew.”

You also have to applaud the Canadian’s for another stellar performance in Eton Dorney.


Elishia Matta


August 03, 2012