22 January 2018

Rowing – WC Rowing Regatta report

Somerset College Rowing Club started the 1st term regatta season off with a sizeable bang with many of our crews putting in some very good racing this past weekend, 20 January 2018. The weather was forecast to be unrowable, but thanks to some cloud cover, we were able to put on some great racing. As a club, we had some excellent results but what stood out more impressively was the ability to race U14 and U15 Octopules in both girls’ and boys’ events, a feat that has not happened in many years. On top of this, it was particularly enjoyable to watch the new U14s have their first regatta experience and to see how so many of them enjoyed this.

Unfortunately, the racing was stopped early due to weather but, with regard to results, Somerset College Rowing club had a good regatta, winning 14 of the 28 events that were entered.  The girls’ side of the club became somewhat of an unstoppable force at this regatta winning every event entered. While there were many thrilling races throughout the day, special mention must go to:

1. Celina Gruber, Katherine Williams, Sophie de Villiers and Leah Visagie placing 1 and 2 respectively in the Open
Women’s pair.
2. Katherine Williams for placing first in the Open Girls’ singles event in a very convincing fashion. Katherine
has been unbeaten in this event so far this season.
3. Jacobus Crowe, Robbie Pyle, Jack van der Merwe and Andrew Dunne, all of whom achieved a hard fought second      place in the U15 Boys’ A Quad.
4. Daniel Abelson claiming a very close victory in the U16A single sculls. This was a great achievement, as the
event is incredibly competitive.
5. Celina Gruber and Imke Tiaden for winning the Open Women’s double scull. This is a very tough race with the
Somerset College Open girls rotating partners each week for a bit of inter-age group competition. Despite the
pressures of racing in an untrained combination as well as having to keep other schools/clubs at bay, Imke
Tiaden has managed to keep her great form seen in last October’s regattas and has managed to take gold again.
Well done, Imke!

In Summation:

35 Somerset College crews came in the top 3 in their races.

14 Somerset College crews placed first.

Once again, the members of the Somerset College Rowing Club speak for themselves.