12 March 2015

South African Schools Rowing Championships 2015

Double gold for College rowers!

The 2015 South African Schools Rowing Championships held in Pretoria from 6 to 8 March was a fantastic success story for the rowers from Somerset College as they recorded their best results in the club’s history.

The regatta this year attracted a record number of entries and was hosted in sublime racing conditions over the three days of the event. Somerset College sent a squad of 32 rowers to compete out which 9 crews qualified for ‘A’ Finals in various boat classes. Some notable results include Alistair Pyle and Jared Brown placing 4th in the A final of the Boys U15 Double Sculls and the Girls U16 Quad of Anna Mackintosh, Emma van der Merwe, Erin Williams, Kelsey Greeff and Georgia Rubidge finishing in 7th place in their event. Our Girls U19 1st Double of Nora Bornschein and Lisa Rahmann placed 7th in their A Final while Nora Bornschein finished in 6th place in the Girls U19 1st Single Sculls.

The U19 Boys had an outstanding weekend of racing as Nicholas Oberholzer took the gold medal in the Boys 1st Single Sculls with a dominant performance over strong contenders from St. Stithians and St. Albans with Nicholas Farrell of Somerset College finishing in 4th place. On day two of racing, the Boys U19 1st Quad of Josh Smit, Nicholas Farrell, Brandon Christie, Nicholas Oberholzer and Timon De Freitas claimed a silver medal. In one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the weekend, Nicholas Oberholzer and Nicholas Farrell put in a massive performance to overcome the highly rated crew from St. Albans to claim the gold medal in the Boys U19 Double Sculls on Sunday. It is worth noting that this performance was the second fastest time ever recorded in this boat class in the history of the championships. This is also the first time that Somerset College has achieved gold medals in premier events at the championships.

To round off a great weekend of racing, Somerset College rowing were dominant in claiming the overall points trophy for co-educational schools for the fourth year running. Well done to all of the squad on a spectacular performance.

BOYS RESULTS:
U19 1st Quad Scull
J Smit, B Christie, N Farrell, N Oberholzer, T De Freitas
Silver
 U19 1st Double Scull
N Farrell, N Oberholzer
Gold
U19 2nd Double Scull
B Christie, J Smit
10th
U19 3rd Double Scull
C Dunne, R Harris
16th
U19 1st Single Scull
N Oberholzer
Gold
U19 2nd Single Scull
N Farrell
4th
U19 3rd Single Scull
B Christie
14th
U15 A Double Scull
A Pyle, J Brown
4th
GIRLS RESULTS:
U19 1st Quad Scull
N Du Toit, L Rahmann, A Ryan, N Bornschein
8th
U19 1st Double Scull
L Rahmann, N Bornschein
7th
U19 2nd Double Scull
A Ryan, N Du Toit
12th
U19 1st Single Scull
N Bornschein
6th
U16 A Quad Scull
A Mackintosh, E van der Merwe, E Williams, K Greeff, G Rubidge
7th
U15 Single Scull
K Williams
Semi Final

Brandon Christie, Timon de Freitas, Nicholas Farrell, Amber Ryan, Nicholas Oberholzer and Joshua Smit have been selected to represent the Western Cape Provincial Squad at the South African National Rowing Championships in Pretoria in April. These athletes will receive their Provincial Colours which is a great achievement.