Eleven A Finals at the 2015 Otago Rowing Championships

20 Apr

Twenty-two Wanaka Rowing Club members competed at the Otago Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha last December.  Of the 24 races entered, the club qualified for six B finals and an outstanding 11 A finals.  The huge success for the club demonstrated that the long hours of winter training have paid dividends.

Saturday’s racing continued until late afternoon when the forecast wind disrupted the final few heats.  Rowing resumed on Sunday until wind halted the finals by midday.

Riley Homan and Bridie Hurley both 17, qualified to the A final in the women’s club single sculls where two seconds separated them placing fifth and sixth respectively.  Helena Crawford was placed 3rd in the B final of this event.

Other great results included Greer Porter and Samantha Garrick placed 3rd in their heat in the girls under 15 double sculls but unfortunately the A final in this event was cancelled.  Josie Plimmer and Laura Neale and Emma Smith and Estelle Norman were also placed 3rd in their respective heats of the womens novice double sculls (1000m) but sadly the weather stepped in and  the A final in this event was cancelled.  Josie, Laura, Emma and Estelle (coxed by novice cox Flynn Brown) rowed in the womens novice coxed quad and were headed to a B final if not for the weather.

Riley Bruce, 17, was placed second in the men’s club quadruple sculls and fourth in the B final of the men’s open single sculls. He was also a leading qualifier for two other finals that did not proceed due to rough conditions.

Finally, congratulations to AJ Humphries, Dave Ayres, Kelvin Mulqueen, Shane Gibson and Flynn Brown (cox) who were placed second in the men’s masters quadruple sculls.

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