Aug. 14, 2006
St. Catharines, Ontario - Incoming UCLA freshman rower Lynn Hancock captured a gold medal at the 124th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, August 13. Hancock and her Burnaby Lake Rowing Club teammates rowed tovictory in the grand final of the junior (18 years old and younger) women's quadruple sculls event.
Their winning time over the renowned martindale Pond race course was 7 minutes, 4.6 seconds. The St. Catharines Rowing Club finished second (7:09.6) and Ridley Graduate Boat Club raced to a third-place finish (7:13.1).
The Canadian Henley is billed as the largest regatta of its kind in North America. There were 25 crews entered in the junior quad event, necessitating three rounds of racing. The Burnaby Lake boat won their qualifying heat on Friday, and their semi-final on Saturday to advance to Sunday's final. As befits the prestige of the regatta, only first place medals are awarded.
The gold medal at the Canadian Henley caps an outstanding high school/junior career for Hancock. She has raced for both the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club and her school, the Crofton House School. Hancock will join 28 other recruits when the UCLA women's rowing team starts its sixth season as an NCAA intercollegiate sport this fall. In 2006, the Bruins' varsity eight finished 12th at the NCAA championships in New Jersey.