Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Henley crew take National Schools’ Regatta honours

HENLEY Rowing Club’s J15 girls triumphed in the quad sculls at last weekend’s National Schools’ Regatta held in Nottingham.

HENLEY Rowing Club’s J15 girls triumphed in the quad sculls at last weekend’s National Schools’ Regatta held in Nottingham.

Competing against 42 crews the Henley crew were the fastest of the 18 qualifying quads for the semi-finals where they went on to win their semi-final race.

In the final the crew of Hattie Orr, Ellie Thompson, Maddie Orr, Lauren Edwards and cox Emma Lister won gold by beating Headington School who took silver and Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, who took bronze.

Unfortunately all J14 events and WJ15 double sculls were cancelled on the first day due to bad weather. The J15 boys’ quad impressed as they qualified for the final of their event.

Shiplake College’s senior crews picked up silver and bronze medals as well as making it through to five finals.

On Saturday the third eight successfully navigated the semi-finals and made a strong start.

The crew were in a bronze medal position for the first 750 metres before fading and eventually finishing fourth.

The first four of Dom Parnell, Tom Arnold, Harry Hogan, Harry Rushent with cox Louis Miller-Bains finished fourth in the processional race and made it through to the final after qualifying from a competitive semi-final. The previous races took their toll and, despite a valiant first 1,000 metres, they finished sixth.

The first eight laid down the gauntlet to other crews in the Child Beale Cup by posting the fastest time in the processional race. In winning their semi-final Shiplake narrowly lost out in the final to St George’s, Weybridge, to take silver.

On Sunday the first eight was split into a coxed four and a coxless four. The latter crew easily made it to the semi-finals but were just pipped for a place in the final.

The coxed four of Harry Vardigans, Michael Glover, Max Hearndon, Marek Lapham with cox James Girling were right in the mix for a medal in their final. Abingdon and St Edward’s just made it to the line ahead of the Shiplake crew who took bronze.

Earlier in the day a J16 coxless four of Tom Berkley, Harry Berkley, Charles Galligan and Phil Green just missed out on a final place.

On Friday a Shiplake Vikings double sculls crew of Alina Ghuys and Millie Cook reached the semi-finals before the weather broke.

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