Friday, 20 October 2017

Shiplake crews among medals

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE’S Maddie Newman and Katy Ward came away from the Ball Cup at Dorney Lake with silver medals from

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE’S Maddie Newman and Katy Ward came away from the Ball Cup at Dorney Lake with silver medals from the women’s J18 doubles on Sunday.

With the races taking place over a 750-metre course the competitors had windy conditions to contend with in the heats.

Drawn against Ardingly RC and King’s College School the Shiplake girls made a slow start and were trailing after 10 lengths. Finding their rhythm they pushed through the other crews and held the lead at the 500 metres mark. They continued to increase their lead and finished with a winning margin of around one-and-a-half lengths.

In the final Cambridge City RC made the better start. Shiplake pushed them all the way to the line but still trailed by a length-and-a-half at the finish to take the silver medals.

Shiplake Viking WJ14 quad, racing in the WJ15 event, finished second in a time which put them in the final. After a good start the Vikings couldn’t match the power of the older crews from Guildford and Reading and finished a very creditable fourth. The newly-formed WJ13 quad were pitted against Ross B, Putney HS and Ardingly in their heat and after a good start found themselves four lengths up after 400m of the 750m course.

However, during the race one of the crew almost lost a blade and by the time she had recovered it the Vikings were fourth and had to restart. They made up ground on the other crews but could not overtake any but nevertheless qualified for the final as one of the fastest qualifiers.

In the final they got off to a good start but Ross A opened up a two-length lead. Showing good power in the final 250m the Vikings clawed back to within a length to win a silver medal. Meanwhile Vikings crews gained success at the recent Marlow regatta.

The newly formed WJ13 quads showed their potential in the heats holding off to win a place in the final.

After a strong start Suzy Penrose, Jade Miller, Yasmin Prior and Emily Waldron spurred on by cox Belle Narracott pulled ahead by halfway and ended up convincing winners.

The WJ14 quad of Alina Budden, Milly Cook, Maddie Curran and Mollie Robinson also reached the final and pushed the Henley Rowing Club quad hard but could not quite overhaul them despite finishing strongly.

The best win of the day came in the WJ15 single sculls event where Ally Stewart-Ashley, Lizzie Karim and Anna Davies all won their heats, making the final an all Shiplake Viking affair.

Karim had the strongest start and at the halfway stage and had a canvas lead over Stewart-Ashley with Davies a further half length behind.

However, a strong final 300m saw Davies take the lead which she held until the finish line with Stewart-Ashley finishing a close second followed by Karim.

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