After the J16 squad tackled a blowy Nottingham on Saturday, it was the turn of the Senior boys on Sunday for the next stage of the Great Britain trials process.
The two pairs we had entered, William White and Ollie Clarke alongside Jake Wilson and Kieran Smith, raced this morning in a time trial format to determine which semi final they would race in. With only a small number of pairs being selected to go forward onto Final Trials in July, the stakes were high for all rowers involved.
Both pairs had a good race in the time trial, coming off of the water feeling as though they had done everything possible to qualify for either the A/B or C/D semi finals. Unfortunately despite improving on their results from the last trials both pairs ended up the E/F semi final; where they both raced well to qualify for the E final. To put it in perspective of how close the times were, if one of ours pairs had gone 15 seconds quicker they would have been 3rd, not 26th!!
The boys kept their heads up and performed well in the E final, coming home in 4th and 6th, but had spells of the race where they were contesting for the lead. The day has given the boys much experience of racing amongst the best juniors in the country which I’m sure they will bring back to the squad as we prepare for Wallingford Regatta.