Great results at the recent South Island Championships

15 Jan

A group of thirteen junior rowers, all students at Mount Aspiring College, attended last weekends South Island Championships at Lake Ruataniwha with coaches Rob Bruce and Matt Rickard. Water conditions were perfect but a new race programme with a variety of classes close together made racing in the extreme heat a challenge for some of the younger rowers

With entries in 12 events the club came away with 1 Silver medal, and qualification to 5 A Finals and 4 B Finals. A great effort given the Under 17 squad were racing up a grade in Club or Under 19 events due to new classification rules and events brought in by Rowing New Zealand for this regatta. Results were slightly disappointing but not unexpected given the lack of water time for some of the younger rowers in small boats.

The star of the weekend was 15 year old Rata Horan who won a Silver medal in the girls under 16 single sculls. Rata had the fastest qualifying time in the heat and led all the way in the final, but was pipped on the finish line to second.

Rata also joined forces with Peta Mckay (our top Under 17 sculler) in the Club Double. A steering problem with the boat contributed to them just missing qualification to the A Final. They won the B Final with fellow team mates Maggie Stiven and Greer Porter coming second a clear distance from the third placed crew. Jordan Fox and 15 year old Estelle Norman also raced in the Club doubles but missed out on the finals.

Rata, Peta, Maggie and Greer also qualified for the A Final of the Under 19 quadruple sculls coxed by Patrick Hartley where they finished 8th overall.

Peta, Greer and Jordan all raced in the Club single. Peta was third in her heat qualifying for the A Final where she finished 5th overall. Greer qualified for the B final where she placed 4th and Jordan had a good row in the heat but having been away overseas and lack of time in the boat was a little off the pace.

Sam Pearce had a terrific row in the Boys Under 19 single sculls coming 2nd in his heat and just missing out on the medals in the final, coming 4th. A huge result given that he was not 100% and had scratched from earlier events with ill health.

The under 16 Squad of Estelle Norman, Sophie Fenn, Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth, Quinn Curtis, Owen Lea (all 15) and Maddie Frazer (14) plus coxen Patrick Hartley (15) also had some good results with a number of them taking to the water again in single sculls.

Quin Curtis and Owen Lea had credible races in the Under 16 singles with Quinn qualifying for the B Final where he placed 5th.

Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth (novice) and Maddie Fraser (15) teamed up in the girls intermediate doubles having to race to the start due to waiting for a boat. They finished the race and literally jumped out of their double and into the Under 16 Quad with Estelle Norman and Sophie Fenn in a very quick change over qualifying for the B final.

Estelle and Sophie also raced the under 16 single with Estelle qualifying for the A final and Sophie the B final.

Both Sophies also raced the Under 16 double where they were 6th in their heat. A great achievement with Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth being a novice sculler this year.

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