Henley athletes gain a dozen places in international squad
HENLEY Rowing Club had 16 girls, J15 and J16, competing at Nottingham last weekend for places in the
HENLEY Rowing Club had 16 girls, J15 and J16, competing at Nottingham last weekend for places in the annual J16 Great Britain versus France match.
This year the club had 12 athletes qualify, four more than last time around.
The racing was undertaken as a time trial as a stiff headwind made side by side racing unfair.
The J16 quad of Lauren Kay, Ella Morgan, Clare Pearson and Flo Wiggins qualified from the first round of racing, as did the four of Georgia Edwards, Lily Stimpson, Lottie Orr and Issy Jonsson.
In the second round of racing for four seats in the GB eight the Henley crew of Anna Roe, Katy Claridge, Georgina Robinson-Ranger and Charlotte Moss were in a dead heat with a crew from Lady Eleanor Holles school.
After a re-race on Tuesday evening at the Redgrave-Pinsent Lake in Caversham the girls qualified by a margin of four seconds, giving Henley Rowing club representation in three of six girls’ boats that will represent GB.
Meanwhile the club had 14 crews compete in the Magna Carta Regatta at Egham.
The format of the regatta was match racing over an 800m course. Of the 14 entries the club qualified for three finals, with victories in two.
The J13 boys’ coxed quad of James Swinburn, Grant Taylor, Sam Beattie and Charles Washbourn, coxed by Alex Car, beat a crew from Eton Excelsior in the final by more than four lengths, with the girls’ J13 coxed quad of Hannah Hills, Amber Weller, Hazel Dury and Georgie Brow, coxed by Issy Petersen winning by two lengths against Weybridge.
The J15 coxed quad of Jack Broadbent, Cameron Jones, Anthony Howe and Bruce Turnell coxed by Connor Brown narrowly lost out by half-a-length to Windsor Boys’ School in their final.