ST. CATHARINES, Ontario - This
past week, junior Mike Fisher of the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team participated in the 128th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - the largest of its kind in North America - and won - three times. Held in St. Catharines,
Ontario, Canada, Fisher sat in the stroke seat and led the St. Catharines Rowing Club to victories in the Under 23 Men's Fours, Senior Men's Eight Dash and the Senior Men's Eight.
"It took me a while to realize what just happend was pretty special," Fisher said of his three first-place finishes. "It didnt click in until I was watching the last few races, but it was pretty exciting.
"It was great to have my family here and it's nice to do it at home," the St. Catharines native added. "I've rowed at St. Catharines (Rowing Club) for six years so I was comfortable on the course, and I've known most of my teammates for quite some time. It was really special."
Fisher claimed his first Henley Gold in the fours on Friday. He and his three teammates won handily as they completed the course in 6:07.65, more than five seconds better than any other boat. The follwoing day, Fisher's boat won its heat in the Men's Eight Dash and then took home the Ralph Gifford Memorial Trophy with a winning time of 1:16.55 in the finals. Then, on the final day of competition, Fisher helped St. Catharines claim the Joseph Wright Memorial Trophy, edging out Riverside by just over a second in the Senior Men's Eight Final.
"I am not surprised by Mike's
success, since he is a great teammate, strong athlete and skilled oarsman," said Penn lightweights captain Paul Shay. "I am
excited for Mike, our returning varsity stroke, to help lead our team to similar
results this coming year."
Fisher and the rest of the Quakers will return to campus shortly. The first regatta of the fall is set for Oct. 16 on the Schuylkill River.