Rowing Report, 21 February 2018

NSW State Championships Regatta

NSW State Championships Regatta

By Annie Creer, Captain of Boats

Last weekend some of Radford’s finest rowers were chosen to compete at Sydney’s prestigious three-day NSW State Championship Regatta. The event attracted a field of top-quality rowers from schools and clubs from all around Australia.

Notable stand outs from the weekend include:

The crew of Nicola Greenland, Annie Creer, Jacinta Buckman, Lily Smith-Saarinen, coxed by Spencer Burns lead their race from the first 500 metres to win gold in the NSW Championship Schoolgirl Quad.

The Senior Boys A quad (Daniel Majchrzak, Fin Sullivan, Noah Sampson and John Baker coxed by Patrick Morrison) fought to the line, clinching a bronze medal only 0.5 seconds off silver medallists Kinross Wolaroi. This same combination of rowers went on to compete in  the U19 coxless quad final in which they finished fifth. This was a good effort for a crew that has only recently begun rowing a coxless boat.

Ethan Toscan, Sam Roberts, Damien Schroder and Lissie Gregory flew the flag for Radford in the U16 and U17 single-scull events. Ethan and Sam rowed valiantly in their fourth race of the day to finish seventh and eighth in the final. Lissie competed in a heat, semifinal and final all within the space of a few hours and did incredibly well to finish fifth in the final. This was a tremendous effort on a typical hot, humid Penrith day. These were Lissie’s and Damien’s first races over a full 2000-metre course.

Nicola Greenland and Annie Creer competed in the red-hot U19 single-scull event, taking on competitors from Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. Both girls made the finals and teamed together to finish sixth in the U19 double sculls. This was a great result in a field that had Australian Junior team representatives as well as club and university athletes.

On Sunday, some of the rowing program’s upcoming talent joined the older athletes at Sydney International Rowing Course. James Parkinson, Angus Abbott, Sam Roberts and Ethan Toscan with their cox, Liam Kenneally, competed in the U16 coxed quad, finishing a tight sixth in the final.

Radford’s athletes managed this weekend of tough racing in scorching temperatures with great endurance. It is certain that all crews will return to Canberra with more racing knowledge and a new focus for the next two weeks of Head of the River events. 

NSW State Championships Regatta

Thank you to the coaches for being alongside us throughout the weekend. Radford’s participation in the event would not have been possible without the tireless work of Technical Director Vicky Spencer and the incredible efforts of the FoRR in feeding the famished rowers.

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