2021 Maadi Cup – NZ Secondary Schools National Championships

Maadi Cup 2021


Day One of racing at Lake Karapiro, the students from Mount Aspiring College were granted with beautiful blue sky weather. The 11 students who were selected from MAC up against all 2500 competitors from around the country were rearing to go and compete.

To begin the day was Tao Hawkey-Hight in the boys under 17 single sculls event, coming up against some tough completion in the heat Tao managed to place himself 6th positioning himself in the repechage.

Following that performance was Emma Stead and Emily Findlay in the girls under 18 double sculls, coming out of their heat with an exceptional result of 1st place setting the both of them up well in the semi-final.

Next up was Ruby Boyd after a resilient battle in some bumpy water Ruby came out with a 6th, unfortunately meaning she is eliminated from the girls under 16 single event.

Commencing the afternoon of racing was the girls under 17 coxed quad sculls, consisting of Pipi Horan, Emily Findlay, Bella Sarginson and Neve Faed, verbally led by Thomas Mitchell in the coxswain seat. In the third of five heats the Mt Aspiring quad excelled, coming 1st in their heat, also being fastest qualifier going into the semi-final.

Finishing up day one of Maadi Cup was Bella Sarginson with a big ask of her first ever 2km race in a single sculls event. In the girls under 17 single sculls Bella did phenomenally well finishing 4th sending herself through to the semi-final later in the week!.

The coaches David Ayres and Matt Rickard impressed with the days results. With Matt commenting “Outstanding results” hoping that the outcome will fuel the team for the rest of the week.


Day Two

Kickin’ off a cold morning was Emma Stead in the girls under 18 single sculls, despite not the nicest of water Emma placed a solid 3rd advancing herself to the semi-final.

Soon after that performance was Aaron Maxwell in the boys under 18 single sculls. Also in some unstable water he managed to finish with the same result in a 3rd, proceeding to the semi-final.

After a well needed rest the afternoon sprung into action with the girls under 18 coxed quad sculls, Thomas Mitchell leading the crew of Emma Stead, Lyla Chamberlain, Ruby Boyd and Samara Goodall. In a hard fought heat the girls placed 2nd progressing all the way to the A-final.

The boys double consisting of Aaron Maxwell and Tao Hawkey-Hight were up in the boys under 18 double sculls. In a brisk heat the boys just missed out on the repechage meaning that they are eliminated.

To top off the days outstanding results was Pipi Horan and Emily Findlay seeing a commanding lead for the entire race coming 1st in their heat, placing them in a prime position for the semi-final.

Coaches comments for the day from David Ayres “I think all crews performed very well, considering its the middle of the regatta there’s still plenty of time for success to come in the next few days”.


Day Three

Day three of the AON Maadi cup is repechage day. Tao Hawkey-Hight was the only rower from Mt Aspiring to compete in the repechage, unfortunately the competition was tough and Tao was unable to secure himself a place in the semi-final. Tao came 5th, missing out by just one place in a very well contested race.

With a tough pat few days in the sun all the rowers are thoroughly enjoying their rest day with it consisting of a training row, relaxing at the motel and exploring Cambridge.


Day Four

Thursday was semi-final day of Maadi cup, where 7 of our 10 crews qualified to race. At lake Karapiro in Cambridge the weather has still been spectacular with reasonably flat water and a tail wind all day.

To embark on the day was Emma Stead and Emily Findlay in the girls under 18 double sculls, the duo placed 2nd in their semi-final advancing them to the A-final.

The under 17 coxed quad sculls consisting of Pipi Horan, Emily Findlay, Bella Sarginson and Neve Faed with Thomas Mitchell coxing were up next. After a quick turnaround for Emily Findlay from the double, the quad displayed an exceptional performance beating their previous personal best by 12 seconds. The quad conformably placed 1st and will be competing in the A-final.

Next up was Bella Sarginson in the girls under 17 single, despite her very impressive outing she was unable to qualify for a final, finishing 8th.

Following that performance was Emma Stead in the girls under 18 single semi-final, she performed very well to reach a placing of 3rd. By doing this she qualified for the B-final.

In the event after Emma was Aaron Maxwell in the semi-final of the boys under 18 single sculls. Battling hard he managed to get himself a new personal best by a solid 7 seconds, unfortunately the completion was high quality and Aaron wasn’t able to make a final, finishing in 8th place.

To finish off the competitive events was Pipi Horan and Emily Findlay in the girls under 17 double sculls. In their semi-final there was some tough competition, despite that the double were able to finish in 1st place in an intense finish. They have qualified and will be contestants in the A-final.

To top off the day was Thomas Mitchell being part of a coxswains quad 500m race. Thomas loved the experience of rowing in the havoc with over 150 coxswains taking part.


Day Five

Friday was opening finals day at the AON Maadi Cup today we had 2 crews competing in A-finals.

To kick off Mt Aspiring College finals racing Emma Stead and Emily Findlay in the girls under 18 double sculls, in an immensely strong A-final, racing against the top school girl rowers in the country they came 8th. This placed them 4th out of the South Island rowers.

In an extremely impressive final outing for the girls under 17 coxed quad sculls consisting of Pipi Horan, Emily Findlay, Bella Sarginson and Neve Faed with Thomas Mitchell commanding exceptionally from the coxswains seat. They had a top tier performance once again equalling their personal best, finishing with a podium finish of 1st place!


Day Six

On the final day of Maadi Cup 2021 the weather was no different to the rest of the week, blue sky and mild winds. Beginning the day was Emma Stead in the B final of the girls under 18 single sculls where she finished 7th after a stellar effort of racing.

Following that performance was Emma Stead, Lyla Chamberlain, Ruby Boyd and Samara Goodall with Thomas Mitchell firing some inspiration from the coxswain’s seat. Competing in the A final of the girls under 18 coxed quad sculls, up against the top school girl rowers in the country the Mt Aspiring crew had an outstanding race crossing the line in 7th position.

To bring an end to Maadi Cup for Mt Aspiring College was Pipi Horan and Emily Findlay in the girls under 17 double sculls A final. With some extremely strong competition the girls just missed out on a podium finish, finishing 4th after a long and hard fought 2km in not the nicest of water conditions.


 

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