GB April Regatta Report

A busy weekend has been rounded off by three students attending the GB April Regatta, part of the selection process for the Team GB Junior Rowing Team.

Natalie Graham competed in the WJ 2- in a composite crew with Rachel Heap from Nottingham Rowing Club. This combination has competed previously and has shown promise, despite the 90 miles between the two girls regular training venues. After a fairly steady start in the time trial the girls found their race legs, really pushing against the form book and racing hard in the semi final. Unfortunately the girls didn’t quite have the sprint in the legs to qualify for the A final, as they were rowed through in the final few meters to come 4th, qualifying them for the B final. 

During the final the Graham/Heap combination continued to impress but couldn’t turn their new form into a final win. The girls finished 3rd in their final, 9th overall. Time will tell if they have done enough to continue in the process.

Alex Ventisei was part of a rare composite with Bedford School student Jared Sherridon. The boys have been training in the boat together for a handful of sessions over the Easter break, but still were down on training time compared to the non-composite crews. The boys completed a good time trial finishing 17th out of a large field of 41 pairs; this result qualified them for the C/D semi finals. During their semi final, the boys were caught napping slightly and dropped off the back of the pack, they worked hard to bring themselves back into contention but unfortunately the damage was done, the boys qualified for the D final.

With a large number of pairs expected to be selected to remain in the process, not all was lost. The “Harpur Trust Duo” learned from their earlier mistake and rowed well in their final. They eventually finished 3rd in their final, 21st overall. This puts them in the hands of the selectors to see if they will be carried forward.

Autumn MacKay was also in attendance as a cox. With not much to do herself, Autumn was there in support of all athletes, we couldn’t of coped without her!!!!!

Focus now shifts back to BMSBC, Wallingford Regatta next weekend followed by Bedford Regatta on the 7th May.

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