Championships a fitting end to Radford’s rowing season

The sun sets on Radford's 2017/18 rowing season

The sun sets on Radford's 2017/18 rowing season

By Annie Creer, Captain of Boats

Last week Radford College sent four crews to compete in the Australian National Rowing Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, between 19 and 25 March. A group of 18 Radford athletes competed throughout the week. Two crews represented the school in the Open Schoolgirl coxed quad, one crew in the Open Schoolboy coxed quads and one crew in the Under 17 Girls coxed quad. In addition, Nicola Greenland and Damien Schroder joined Under 19 composite crews in the coxless quad event. 

In claiming silver medals in both the Open Schoolgirl and Schoolboy coxed quad, Radford was the only school at this top-level event to place both male and female crews on the medal dais, confirming once again that it is a force to be reckoned with. These results see Radford finishing the season with the second fastest coxed quads in Australia. The crews were: 

Nicola Greenland, Annie Creer, Jacinta Buckman, Lily Smith-Saarinen, Spencer Burns (cox)

Miguel Fernandez, Daniel Majchrzak, Fin Sullivan, John Baker, Patrick Morrison (cox)

The Schoolgirl B quad of Maddy Dyne, Tash Erb, Thea Buckman, Alison Barclay and Samantha Blake (cox) had an incredible week during which they placed fifth in the heat, fought for second in the repechage, and finished fifth in the B final. This feat was remarkable considering the crew comprises Year 11s competing in an open schoolgirl event.

The Under 17 Girls quad of Maddy Dyne, Elise Northcote, Elisabeth Gregory, Ashley Fernandez and Spencer Burns (cox) raced tremendously in a tight semi-final that saw them slip back only at the 500-metre mark to just miss out on the A final. The regatta was an incredible learning experience for the girls and they will be a crew to watch in years to come. 

It is safe to say that the week was nothing short of spectacular, with incredible results across all the crews.

Many thanks go to our head coach Vicky Spencer for all her efforts into the organisation and support throughout the event.

Well done to everyone involved throughout the season!

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