We sent four quads to National Schools’ Regatta on Friday 25 May, racing over 1 Kilometre in the time trial with the aim of being in the top 18 to progress through to the Finals. The J15 boys’ coxed quad(James Larkin, Malachy Larkin, Daniel Hall, Harry Lord, and coxswain Olly Bailey) achieved 17th place, out of 61 crews, which qualified them for the C final. This was a tremendous result for these boys who moved up from 32nd place at the National Junior Sculling Head race in the winter. In the C final, the boys came fifth, retaining their 17th place overall. They thoroughly enjoyed their first experience of six-lane racing – Olympic-style.
The J15 girls’ coxed quad(Florence Hobson, Mia Fletcher, Katie Pickersgill, Emily Smith, with coxswain Isabella Hulbert) beat four crews in their very competitive event which unfortunately, wasn’t enough to get through to the finals. However, the girls rowed a technically proficient race and are keen to get racing again at their next event.
It was the first Dorney experience for our J14s. The J14 boys’ coxed quad (Harvey Boyle, Jaden Fradd, Freddie Davies, Edward Fish, and coxswain: Edward Grubb)came 47th out of 54 crews. While the J14 girls’ coxed quad(Lizzie McCabe, Olivia Middleton, Olivia Richardson, Madeleine Atkinson, and coxswain India Southwick) came 46th out of 52 crews.
On Sunday 27 May, we sent two senior crews to race 1750m in the time trials with the aim to place in the top 18 to progress into the 2 Kilometre Final. The J16 coxless quad(Adam Smith, Ben Walker, Ben Jarvis, Alex Owen) and the championship girls’ coxless four(Francine Bath, Darcy Simon, Amelia Fish, Emma Little) both qualified for the C finals, with the boys finishing 17thand the girls placing 18th.
The boys came 5th in the C final and retained their 17th place. Although the crew has been juggling GCSEs with their rowing training, they all agreed that the effort had been worthwhile to experience their first senior NSR racing and to be placed in the finals.The girls came sixth in the C final and also retained their time trial placing. This was a great result as they had a tough event as the Girls 4- is for J18s. We had mixed ages in the boat, including WJ16 Emma who is also taking GCSEs, so were up against the big school fours which
included GB triallists.
Our rowers were a credit to the School, their behaviour was impeccable throughout the weekend and we would like to congratulate them all on their success. The next fixture for the rowers is Stratford Regatta on Saturday 16 June where all age groups will be competing.