For most of our Crews, Trent was the last opportunity to get some final racing under their belts and to practice executing well thought out race plans in preparation for Schools Head and the National Junior Sculling Head in a couple of weeks time.
The J16 boys eight of Matt Fox, Jake Young, Aaron Smith, Caleb Avis, Jack Hill, Evan Potts, Matej Sanders and Ethan Carr, coxed by Sam Szeto had an early start racing in division 1. Racing the 6K course was the longest the boys had raced this year and managed a very respectable time and 3rd place in very cold and tough conditions.
Our J15 squads all raced a shorter course in division 2. The girls quad of Emily Watson, Ellen Fletcher, Georgia Smith and Hope Chouffot, coxed by Anja Wharton have recently had a crew mix up where girls have been put into different postions to see what combinations start to gel and work best.After a very positive row the girls came away with 3/9th,along with beating Nottingham on their home turf.
The other quad of Sophie Lawrence, Hannah Mackay, Romy Wharton and Phoebe Wright coxed by Grace Donkin really showed what they had been working hard on in training and rowed a very controlled gutsy race. Finishing 8th they weren’t exactly over the moon, but managed to find a silver lining by beating BGS.
The J15 boys eight of Will Hartshorn, Miggy Carr, Lewis Dunning, Ben Williams, Huw Sheppard, Joshua Noble-Layng, Ivor Luffman and James McDermott coxed by Ben Cox, have been on a mission this year, with a collection of exellent of results in the bank puts them in a strong postion for Schools Head. 2nd place for the boys,just behind and infront of two Royal Shrewsbury eights makes racing very exciting.
The second eight of Ollie Little, Matt Shaw, Max Kroon, Foster Holt, Tosan Awani, Tobi Ajibola, Sohail Shaikh and Luke Perrin coxed by Joe Smith came 4th in their category against big schools. They all managed to row well in tricky conditions which they are not used to.
The J16/Senior girls were last to race in Division 3. Abbie Davis sat in the bow seat steering a brilliant course. Hannah Heappy being backed up by Katie Gell and Lauren Burchell all really pulled together for this race. The first half was spent putting in the ground work to eventually take on Kings School Chester. At the point where most crews started to get tired, these girls decided to step it up a gear and go for the overtake. Ending in 2nd place has really boosted the girls confidence. Our very young WJ18 quad of Lara Brittain, Jess Read, Lizzie Rowe and Imi Eales came off the water pleased with their row, however, uncertain of how they had done. Results show that they had managed to close the gap on Star Club from last time, but not enough to beat them,coming 4th. Carrying a postitive attitude,these girls are keen to get back on the training leading up to the Scullery, starting tonight with a lovely ergo.
Well rowed BMS.