Metropolitan success for in-form Henley single sculler
AS part of the build up to Henley Women’s Regatta later this month, Henley Rowing Club’s Genevieve Bailhache-Graham
AS part of the build up to Henley Women’s Regatta later this month, Henley Rowing Club’s Genevieve Bailhache-Graham competed at Nottingham City Regatta last month, winning the IM2 women’s single sculls.
In a final with opposition from London, Nottingham and Northwich, Bailhache-Graham dominated the race from the start winning comfortably by more than 20 seconds.
Bailhache-Graham’s preparation continued at the Metropolitan Regatta on Saturday at Dorney Lake in the Women’s IM2 single sculls. Bailhache-Graham put in a solid performance to win her heat with ease and go through as the fastest qualifier. The final saw her lead the field from the start and she crossed the line to win gold some six seconds ahead of the field.
The women’s IM2 crew of Sally Pollock Morris, Natasha Atkinson, Sophie Reynolds and Kryssie Steiger coxed by Rebecca Lister had to dig deep after a slow start in their final. They steadily worked their way back in to the race and narrowly missed third place.
The women’s IM1 crew coxed by Rebecca Lister also had a battle on their hands in their final having been off the pace in the first 500m. The crew of Bentley, Kay, Alder and Reynolds battled through the pack to come 0.29 of a second behind the second placed crew of Royal Chester. The senior men’s crew of Andy Pettican, Stan Admiraal, Chris Mitchell and Matt Higginson raced in both coxed and coxless IM2 categories. They came fifth in both finals having met some tough competition particularly in the IM2 4- where they lined up against crews from Imperial College and Molesey.
On Sunday, the IM1 4+ of Sally Pollock Morris, Sophie Reynolds, Rachael Alder and Alice Bentley coxed by Rebecca Lister secured gold in a time of 7 minutes, 22.3 seconds.
In worsening weather conditions, the women’s coxless four of Amanda Hynes, Sophie Reynolds, Rachael Alder and Cat Kay took to the water in the senior final to face a Cambridge University composite. The women raced neck and neck with University College Dublin for second place with the Dublin crew managing to cross the line marginally in front of the Henley crew.
In the men’s singles, Dave Read reached the elite final but was unable to produce a winning performance. Andy Pettican qualified comfortably for his IM3 final, coming in second behind Thames Rowing Club’s Thomas Harvey. The men were to face one another again in the final where an exciting race unfolded as they raced the course with no more than a canvas between them. Harvey crossed the line first with Pettican a close second.