Waterfield honored at Canada Rowing Aviron Awards

Dec. 9, 2005

OTTOWA, Ontario - Rowing Canada Aviron, Canada's national rowing association, presented Washington State junior Sarah Waterfield and her rowing partner Elizabeth 'Buzzy' McCord of Queen's University in Ontario with the award for Best Female Sweep Crew of the Year, Saturday, Dec. 3.

'I got not only to be acknowledged for out rowing in the summer, but also to talk about my future as a Canadian rower with high level coaches,' Waterfield said. 'The ceremony fell on my birthday as well, which was an extra special treat.'

The pair earned an invite to the Henley Royal Regatta, Canada's premier summer event, after winning Ontario's regional championship. At Henley Royal, Waterfield and McCord rowed to first place in both the Under-23 Women's Pair and the Open Women's Pair.

The twosome very nearly never got together. McCord was training for the Canada Summer Games with another partner, while Waterfield was just rowing to stay in shape. When McCord's original pair partner for the games cancelled, she invited Waterfield to join her.

'Buzzy and I just had a really great season and a lot of fun together,' Waterfield recounted.

The duo captured success in several other summer regattas. At the Canada Summer Games they didn't compete in the pair race due to entry problems, but won a race with the coxless four and placed second in the women's eight. They also rowed with the crews that took the coxless four championship of Ontario, and won the senior open four at Henley Royal.

'All in all, it was a great summer,' Waterfield said. 'The award given to us was just the icing on the cake.'

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