Thursday, 30 March 2017

Henley's youngsters set new season off to winning start

Henley's youngsters set new season off to winning start

HENLEY Rowing Club athletes have got their season off to a winning start at their recent events entered.

At last weekend’s Hampton Head, the Henley boys’ J15A coxed quad beat Tideway Scullers by 13 seconds to win their category. Euan Turnell, James Swinburn, Ed Roy, Grant Taylor and cox Charles Washbourn rowed a good race beating 30 crews and continuing their unbeaten run of success.

The girls’ WJ16A quad of Caoimhe O’Donohue, Sophia Hahn, Felicity Parfitt and Phoebe Fletcher also delivered a convincing win, 12 seconds ahead of the time of the second boat from Headington.

The women’s J18 squad also delivered some strong performances being narrowly beaten to take second place across WJ18A eights, WJ18A fours and WJ18A pairs, the latter being beaten to the line by just two by a boat from Lady Eleanor Holles School.

The previous week Henley entered three crews into the Quintin Head where they came away with one win and two runners-up places on part of the Boat Race course from Hammersmith Bridge to above Chiswick Bridge. The winning crew was the experienced WJ18 eight of Amy Sotnick, Phyllis Barter, Tilly Lock, Alice Jones, Alicia Redman, Daisy Butterworth, Grace Johnson, Rebecca Lister and cox Freya Reid who beat runners-up St Pauls Girls’ School by six seconds.

The girls’ WJ15 eight of Jess Roberts, Hannah Hills, Georgia Brown, Carla Russell, Amber Weller, Amy Howard, Phoebe Snowden, Hazel Drury nd cox Hugo Rompani finished second to Latymer Upper.

Elsewhere the club’s J15 boys’ eight of James Swinburn, Grant Taylor, Euan Turnell, Ed Roy, Charlie Garnham, Alex Carr, James Wallace, James Penrose and coxed by Charles Washbourn had to settle for runners-up place after missing out on a win by just 0.8 seconds.

Last month at the Weybridge Winter Head the octuplet WJ14 girls finished second, being pipped to victory by Kingston Rowing Club by 16 seconds. Elsewhere the coxed quad of Poppy Wilson also narrowly missed victory, being beaten by Reading by just two seconds in the WJ14 category.

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