College rowers’ final frenzy

The Girls U18 Novice Double Sculls B final was won by Asarwa Johnson and Casey Lee Baker and Alyssa Campbell and Sophie Dale finished sixth. Photo: Conrad Blind.

Waipā schools featured in more than 50 A and B finals as the 2023 Aon junior rowing regatta enjoyed fine weather at Karāpiro last weekend.

After a threatening weather forecast, the first day of racing dawned bright for near perfect rowing conditions and remained that way for most of the weekend.

In this regatta rowers were representing their school and not their club so donned the St Peter’s, Cambridge High and Te Awamutu College l rowing colours.

The schools’ colours were seen regularly in finals.

St Peter’s had 21 boats in 20 A finals and three boats in B finals, Cambridge High celebrated reaching 24 finals – 20 A and four B-finals.

Te Awamutu College secured places in five B-finals and celebrated wins in three.

Cambridge High’s Isabelle Murray and Lucy Eastwood enjoyed an outstanding weekend, they won the girls Under-17 double sculls heat and final, were in the boat which did the same in the coxed quad sculls and were also part of the team which finished second in the final of the Under-18 coxed eight.

For St Peters Sunday’s finals started well with Harrison McClintock taking third place in the A Final in the boys U17 single sculls, improving his time by 11 seconds from the race the previous day.  The finals continued to deliver some exciting results with two first places by the U17 boys double scull crew of Josh Yeoman and Valentin Barrio-Frojan, who were later joined by teammates McClintock and Khaidar Tuikin and coxswain Leti Hay to collect the U17 boys coxed quad sculls title.

The U18 girls double sculls pair of Imogen Short and Arabella Barrio-Frojan were the first crew to secure a second place, followed by the girls U16 coxed eight, the girls U15 double sculls, the U15 boys coxed quad sculls, the U16 girls coxed four.  Following this up with five third places, the school made top three in over half of their finals, most of which were A finals.

From Te Awamutu College, in the Boys U18 Novice Double Sculls  William James and Hunter Coleman placed first and Willem Poolman and Tira O’Carroll fourth.

The Girls U18 Novice Double Sculls B final was won by Asarwa Johnson and  Casey Lee Baker and Alyssa Campbell and Sophie Dale finished sixth.

Isla Joyce, Asarwa Johnson, Casey Lee Baker, Janaiah Jacob, Carys Joyce then team up to win the B final of the Novice Coxed Quad Sculls

The schools’ major target is the Maadi cup at the end of the month, but the next event on the calendar is the North Island Secondary School Championship starting on March 10. Both events will be at Karāpiro.

Girls U16 coxed four left to right Brooke, Maia, Sophie, Molly and cox Skyla

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