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Inside Excalibur News Archive for June, 2015

Trent University Rowers Making Waves in National and International Competition

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Five Trent rowers and Row to Podium coach selected to represent Canada on three national teams 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Peterborough, ON 

Trent University rowers continue to make their mark in national and international competition as five rowers and Trent’s Row to Podium Talent Development Centre coach were recently selected to represent Canada on three national teams, the under-23 (U23) national team, the world junior team, and national team for the 2015 International University Sports Federation (FISU) Games. 

“Trent University is extremely proud of our long-standing tradition in the sport of rowing,” says Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor. “Year after year, our rowers, past and present, represent us well at all levels of competition. Congratulations to our athletes named to national teams this year. We look forward to watching you compete for Canada this summer.” 

Representing Canada and Trent amongst the country’s next group of Olympic rowers with the U23 national team at the 2015 World Rowing U23 Championships taking place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from July 22-26 are: Alex Watson, a fourth-year Business Administration student, who will compete with the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls; Graham Peeters, a Biology and Chemistry major, who will compete with the men’s quadruple sculls; and Sarah Rothwell, a recent graduate of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, who will compete with the women’s quadruple sculls. This is the second year Ms. Rothwell has been named to the U23 team, an impressive accomplishment, especially considering she had never picked up an oar until she came to Trent. Following her first fall season, she was invited to join the prestigious Row to Podium program at Trent, which identifies and trains future Olympic rowers. 

In addition to the U23 team, Trent will also have representation at the junior level as Trevor Jones, an incoming first-year student from Lakefield, Ontario, has been selected to compete with the men’s quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro August 5 -9, 2015. Mr. Jones was recently admitted to the prestigious Row to Podium program under Carol Love, former Olympian and renowned coach, who will also be coaching Mr. Jones and his team at the national competition. As part of the national team, one of the largest that Canada has assembled in recent years, Mr. Jones and Ms. Love will have the opportunity to give the Olympic rowing course in Brazil a test run one year before the Olympic regatta is scheduled to take place in 2016. 

Finally, fourth-year Computing Information Systems student Josh King will represent Trent among Canadian University’s most talented rowers as part of the lightweight men’s four at the FISU Games in Gwangju, South Korea, July 3 to 14, 2015. The 2015 Universiade is a multisport event in which rowing has been a part since 1984. This year the regatta will take place on Chungju Tangeum Lake, site of the 2013 World Rowing Championships. 

“Combining undergraduate demands while training for high performance sport is not an easy task, but these athletes have benefited from all that Trent has to offer. The proximity of the river and the training facilities and support of the Athletics Centre is top class,” says Carol Love. “These individuals have also excelled in their studies. It continues to keep me engaged in the sport when I have the opportunity to work with young people that are striving for excellence on and off the water.” 

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Posted by Emily Neuman at 1:23 pm on 24/06/2015 in General | Perma link

Ally Fracz Commits to Trent Women’s Soccer

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Trent University Women’s Varsity Soccer Program is pleased to announce that Ally Fracz of the Whitby Iroquois U18 OYSL team has committed to playing her varsity soccer at Trent University in Fall 2015.

Fracz is an honours student attending Port Perry High School and has decided on a major in Kinesiology. Ally is a multi-sport athlete playing on a variety of high school sports teams including basketball, 7's rugby, volleyball, badminton, track-and field, beach volleyball, 15's rugby, and school soccer teams. She was MVP for Jr. Girls Volleyball, Soccer and 7’s Rugby, and senior Girls MVP for Rugby and Volleyball.

Ally began playing rep soccer with Whitby Iroquois at the age of 10, while playing the team were Ontario Cup Finalists in 2010, Ontario Cup semi-finalists in 2014, and 2013 EDP Cup Champions. The team has played in the OYSL for the past two years.

Ally noted she “chose Trent University because I really liked that it was a smaller school and I absolutely loved the campus with it being beside the Otonabee River. I've played sports since I was able to walk and have played competitive soccer since I was eight years old. Soccer has become a huge part of my life and I couldn't imagine myself not playing. I look forward to and am ready to contribute to the team this upcoming season”.

Whitby Coach Jens Kraemer noted that “Over the years, Ally has been committed, open to learn, always ready for a challenge.  She has consistently dealt effectively with a variety of strikers whilst continuing to learn the game tactically in all aspects.  She has been an absolute pleasure to have in the group." 

Coach Joe Muldoon who is recruiting for two graduating centre backs noted that “Ally is a good passer at all ranges she is tactically intelligent, has decent speed, and quickness, and is very fit. She also reads the game very well, and though a quiet, shy individual she is a really solid center back”.  

For additional information contact: Joe Muldoon, Head Coach, Women’s Varsity Soccer,

Posted by Emily Neuman at 10:32 am on 19/06/2015 in General | Perma link

Emily Rhind Commits to Excalibur Soccer

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Trent University Women’s Varsity Soccer Program is pleased to announce that Emily Rhind of the Burlington Bayhawks 1997 team has committed to playing her varsity soccer at Trent University in Fall 2015.

Rhind is an honours student attending Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Burlington and will attend Trent to major in Nursing. Emily has played rep hockey at the AA level for the Burlington Barracudas, and she also plays field hockey. In high school soccer Emily played both centre midfield in junior and left fullback in senior. Notre Dame Senior soccer advanced to OFSAA in 2014 and won the AAA OFSAA title in 2015.     

Emily started playing rep at U10 in Burlington as a central defender in the elite division.  At U13 she moved to centre midfield.  At U14 she decided to focus on rep hockey returning to soccer in Burlington at U17 where they won the league and were subsequently promoted to the OYSL. 

"I am very excited to be attending Trent for both Nursing and soccer” said Emily. “I have always wanted to play competitive sports at the University level and am thrilled to be doing so with the Excalibur soccer team at Trent University”.

Coach Bob McLaughlin notes that "Emily Rhind is a team player who works best with players who like to distribute the ball and attack with purpose.  An extremely hard working and intelligent athlete she never quits and rises to tough challenges”.  Coach Marion Smith notes “Her natural athletic talents enable her to effectively play several positions.  We have seen her shut down key players with control and smart decision making.  Emily is a positive motivator for others with her never quit attitude”.

Coach Joe Muldoon - “Emily has an excellent first touch on the ball and distributes the ball well. She is a tenacious defender and plays the game with a slight edge that will serve her well on the Trent University 2015 Varsity team”. 

For additional information contact: Joe Muldoon, Head Coach, Women’s Varsity Soccer,

Posted by Emily Neuman at 10:29 am on 19/06/2015 in General | Perma link

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