Girls Novice Quad Unbeaten after four events…

14 Sep

Wanaka Rowing Club crews are tracking well for the forthcoming South Island Championships.

At this weekend’s Canterbury Rowing Championships at Ruataniwha the club took 22 juniors to the regatta which was eventually abandoned on the second day due to high winds.

With 1079 competitors from 36 clubs from all over the South Island , there was strong competition in the build up to the South Island Championships and Maadi Cup Regattas, in some extremely difficult and very variable conditions.

The Squad of Rowers all students at Mount Aspiring College – Sam Pearce, Maggie Stiven , Quin Curtis , Owen Lea, Rata Horan, Sophie Fenn, Sammy Harry, Emma Smith, Sophie Hodgkiss- Blyth, Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Pipi Horan, Aneka Rossiter, Amber Hewitt, Lyla Chamberlain, Neve Faed, Lucia Brown, Olly Thomas, Timo Fitzgerald, Tao Hawkey-Hight and Coxen Patrick Hartley are coached by Matt Rickard, David Ayres, Rob Bruce, AJ Humphreys and Amanda Inkster.

The squad took part in 27 races, qualifying on the for 13 A Finals and 2 B Finals. With high entries, progression through to the finals was tough with a few crews just missing out on time.

Once again the key performances were from the Novice Girls , Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd and Pipi Horan coxed by Patrick Hartley , who were the fastest qualifying Novice Quad in a time of 3.54 over a shortened 1000m course, with their nearest rivals some 8 seconds behind, and still unbeaten after four races this season. In the U15 Octuple, the girls were joined by Aneka Rossiter, Amber Hewitt, Lyla Chamberlain and Neve Faed where they qualified 3rd again on time.

In the Novice doubles Ruby Boyd and Aneka Rossiter were 1st in their heat and 2nd fastest overall, with Hayley and Emily unable to make the start line due to boat failure.
In the intermediate doubles Owen Lea and Olly Thomas had a stunning race winning their heat convincingly and placing 3rd overall on time and in the girls race Sophie Hodgkiss Blyth and Amber Hewitt, together for the first time, had a fabulous race qualifying for the A Final.

The senior squad had more success with both Quinn Curtis, Owen Lea and Rata Horan making the A Final of the U17 singles. In the boys race Quinn was 2nd and Owen 6th overall on time and Rata was 5th. The boys also raced in the U17 doubles coming 7th overall on Time.

In the club events Quinn teamed up with Sam Pearce in the men’s double and Rata teamed up with Maggie Stiven in the women’s double. Both crews placing 5th overall.
Maggie also stepped up a category racing in the Senior single where she was 7th.

It was a challenging weekend, with all of the crews working hard for selection to the forthcoming South Island Champs and Schools regattas. Full results are here:

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