Saturday, 15 December 2018

Novice Mitchell wins with impressive time

HENLEY Rowing Club athletes excelled for the second week running on home waters last weekend.

HENLEY Rowing Club athletes excelled for the second week running on home waters last weekend.

Henley sculls, organised by Henley open events, took place over 3,000m in ideal racing conditions on Saturday.

Henley scullers won 13 events throughout the day, five in the morning division and eight in the afternoon.

The best performance of the day was by senior men’s Chris Mitchell, racing in novice sculls, where he won in a field of 24 in a time of 12 minutes, 31 seconds. This time would have also given Mitchell victory in the three higher ranking events.

Another of Henley’s senior men, Stan Admiraal, took second place in a field of 11 in the Intermediate 2 single sculls, giving the squad two of the top six times of all senior scullers throughout the day from a total entry of 58.

The junior boys’ J16 squad achieved victory in both quad and double in the afternoon division. Lachlan Reid, Anthony Howe, Cameron Jones and Jack Broadbent won the J16 quad while Bruce Turnell and Joe Zolkwer won in J16 double beating last year’s National School J15 doubles gold medallists in a time only 12 seconds slower than Leander’s top J18 double racing in the Intermediate 2 event. Turnell had earlier come second in J16 singles in a field of 23, with two other Henley scullers, Anthony Howe and Joe Zolkwer in the top six.

The J14 boys also achieved success with three in the top five of the J14 singles. James Swinburn took second, Euan Turnell third, and Grant Taylor fifth. The three boys then teamed up with Alex Carr and cox Tom McLellan to comprehensively win the J14 coxed quads.

The junior girl’s squad won seven events throughout the day. Lottie Orr beat 15 other scullers to win the WJ16 singles while Ella Morgan won the WJ18 single sculls in a field of 28. Lauren Kay took second place in the WJ18 event, with the three girls clocking the three fastest junior women’s single times of the day.

The girls’ squad also won the WJ16 quad, WJ18 quad and women’s Intermediate 3 quad, with the two junior girls crews beating the time of a women’s Intermediate 1 crew from Reading University.

The J16 crew of Georgina Robinson Ranger, Mary Wright, Lottie Orr and Issy Jonsson won their event in a similar time to the WJ18 crew of Ella Morgan, Lauren Kay, Clare Pearson and Florence Wiggins. The WJ15 and WJ14 coxed quads finished second in their events. The WJ15 crew of Amelia Crick, Sophia Hahn, Jessica Arlett, Felicity Parfitt, coxed by Freya Reid competed against nine other crews narrowly losing out to a strong Maidenhead crew by four seconds, closing the gap to their local rivals in comparison to last year. The masters section of the club was well represented, with Sean Collinson winning the Masters D category in a field of five while Rob Wilson came second in the Masters C category. The woman’s masters quad performed well and whilst being the fastest crew they narrowly missed out on victory by one second after the application of an age handicap.

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