8 March 2016

Rowing – SA Champs report

Somerset College Rowing Club ended the rowing season off with a sizeable bang with the crews putting in some very decent racing at the National Schools Championships. This regatta is the last regatta for the the season, but is most certainly the most difficult with the best of the best oarsmen and women from 59 schools coming together to try and claim the title of national champion in a plethora of boat classes. The weather was perfect, the water flat and warm, all of which added to the speed seen over the weekend. A welcome change to the wind that we have experienced in the few regattas leading up to the event. While there were many thrilling races throughout the three days of racing, four stood out. The U16 scullers – Jared Brown and Katherine Williams worked tremendously hard to make the finals in their events with the latter claiming a silver medal after sneaking in for a very close sprint for the line. Secondly, the boys’ open double of Nicholas Whaits and Timon de Freitas showed their stripes by putting in the best race of their season at the right time. While Timon is a seasoned SA champs attendee, national medallist and provincial coxswain, he is usually in the driving seat of the boys’ open quad making such an impressive race even more outstanding. Lastly, the girls’ open quad started to fire at the right time as they cruised into the final, finishing 6th overall in a very competitive event. This result was an improvement on the previous year.

With regard to results, Somerset College Rowing club had a noteworthy regatta, especially considering the small touring group that was selected. The rowing club represented the school proudly, making finals despite having to traverse some challenging progressions in the Heats and Semi-finals. In total 12 of the 13 events that were entered resulted in finals.

In Summation:
1 Silver Medal was awarded to Katherine Williams for her impressive display in the Junior Women’s U16 Single Sculls.
13 Somerset College crews made a final in their respective boat classes.
4 Somerset College crews placed within the top 6 in the country.

Once again the ‘products’ of the Somerset College Rowing Club speak for themselves.