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Testing International Waters

The Trent University Rowing Club is sending eighteen athletes - a men's eight and a women's eight - on March 10, to race on the canals of Amsterdam. After a stellar fall performance in Canada, including three medals at the university nationals, the two crews are now testing international waters.

The Heineken Roeivierkamp is held on the Amstel River, close to the historic centre of the city. Each team will row four distances: 250 metres, 750 metres, 2500 metres and 5000 metres. The regatta is scheduled for March 13 and 14 and traditionally opens the Dutch rowing season and is one of the first international regattas of the year.

Over the winter both crews have undergone extensive training and their members are eager to hit the water. For many of the rowers this will be their first international appearance.

"I can't wait to compete internationally," commented Joe Teft the coxswain for the men's eight, "After such a successful season it will be fascinating to see how we fare with the European crews."

Peter Van Rooijen, Trent's top rower, initiated the project with the University's head rowing coach Carol Love. Through a combination of both person funds and fundraising initiatives, the crews have financed their weeklong experience.

Posted March 10, 2004

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