Lisa Roman Captures Remenham Challenge Cup at 2012 Henley Royal Regatta
July 5, 2012
OXFORDSHIRE, England - Former Washington State University rower, Lisa Roman, captured the Remenham Challenge Cup as a member of the women's eight crew representing Canada's Western Rowing Club at the 2012 Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River in Oxfordshire, England earlier this month.
In its first race of the regatta, the Western Rowing Club easily defeated Aviron Grenoblois and Toulouse Aviron Sports et Loisirs of France with a time of 8.23, Friday, June 29. The following day, Roman's crew defeated the Radcliffe Crew of Harvard University by three and one-fourth lengths with a time of 7.56. In the championship race, July 1, WRC took on Dortmund Rowing Center, Germany's top women's eight crew, winning by two boat lengths with a time of 7.27 to capture the championship and Remenhan Challenge Cup.
A transfer from University of the Fraser Valley, Roman competed with the Cougar varsity rowing team for three seasons, rowing in the varsity boat all three years (2010-12). She is a two-time all-conference honoree, and this year was named to the CRCA All-West Region First Team and the Pocock All-America Second Team. Last season she represented Canada at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Roman was joined on the crew by; Kate Goodfellow of Ottawa, Ontario, Jennifer Martins of Toronto, Ontario, Alyssa Weninger of Unity, Saskatoon, Jody Schuurman of Vancouver, British Columbia, Rosie DeBoef of Victoria, British Columbia, Kerry Shaffer of Welland, Ontario, Sarah Bonikowsky of Orangeville, Ontario and coxswain Eden Full of Calgary, Alberta.
The Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 - long before national or international rowing federations were established. It has its own rules and is not subject to the jurisdiction either of the governing body of rowing in the U.K. (British Rowing) or of the International Rowing Federation (F.I.S.A.), but is officially recognized by both these bodies.
The length of the Henley-on-Thames course is one mile and 550 yards, which is 112 meters longer than the standard international distance of 2,000 meters.
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