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This weekend, both the men and women's rowing teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics Championships at Brock with hopes of bringing home the prized banner.
The women have had tremendous success the entire year, capped by winning seven of eight races at the Brock Invitational two weeks ago. The men, by contrast, have struggled somewhat but are coming into their own at the right time.
Although each team has taken a different path through the season, both coaches explain their squads are primed and ready for the most important regatta.
"Winning seven races at Brock was definitely a tremendous accomplishment for the team and sets us up as the favourites heading into this weekend," women's head coach Al Morrow said.
"We've stayed healthy since then and will again be very tough in those seven events, which should hopefully be enough to bring home the banner."
Men's head coach Volker Nolte talked about his team's progression since their performance two weeks ago.
"To win only one race at Brock was sort of a wake-up call. Since then, we've made a few changes in the line up and have seen some very positive results from them. We ran a good training camp this past week and the mood throughout the squad and team cohesion have definitely improved," Nolte said.
He carried on to make note of a not so obvious difference.
"The daylight-savings-time change has been a great help as we can actually see our rowers at practices in the morning, allowing us to make more minor adjustments."
Both teams return to Brock this time to see how far two months of 5 a.m. practices are going to take them, or more appropriately, how fast.