NSR and Scullery Regatta
JUNIOR rowers from Avon County Rowing Club flew the flag high this weekend during a four-day marathon of racing on the London 2012 Olympic course, Eton Dorney.
The junior squad delivered some outstanding results, while competing at both the National Schools Regatta and the National Junior Sculling Regatta, returning with three medals, a gold and two bronze, among an impressive collection of finals spaces.
Starting the club’s campaign on Friday, was the Girls J15 coxed quad of Phoebe Baker-Johnson, Amelia Grainger, Scarlett Roach and Poppy Fraser, with cox Olivier Sharples, forced their way into the finals with a gutsy time trial, followed up by a great row to place them 5th in the E final.
Carla May was the only entry to race on Saturday, stepping up a year group to Championship Girls Singles, where she just fell the wrong side of the cut off point for the top semi-finals, but making up for it by decimating the C final to take a comfortable win.
May then teamed up on Sunday with Molly Churchman, Ellie McCormack and Bria Keen to again race up a year group in Championship Women’s Quads. The crew which has seen plenty of success in the past faced tough competition in the time trial, but was able to secure a slot in the top semi-finals.
But after missing out on a place in the A final by mere seconds, the crew fought back to claim a well-deserved third place in the B final, securing their place as a national top-10 crew.
Monday saw more of the club’s racers take on the country’s elite as a number of small boats took on the 1,500m course of the National Sculling Regatta.
Opening the day was J14 double Will Isom and Charlie Cushing who set a blistering pace in their time trial to net Avon County their first A final spot of the weekend, placing fourth overall. They bettered this by one place to secure a fantastic bronze medal.
Returning team of Phoebe Johnson-Baker and Scarlett Roach also surprised in a strong field of the girls J15 doubles, placing 10th in the time trial, and following that up with a well-paced 5th place finish in the B final.
In probably the largest and toughest field of the event, J17 sculler Harry Roach placed a pleasing 18th in the time trial, improving in the side-by-side racing to claim 3rd in the C final.