Weekend of Triumph for Ross Rowing Club
Ross Rowing Club report on their weekend of victories…
National Schools Regatta, Nottingham
On Friday 28th May the Academy had three competing crews, Charlie Green in J15 1x, Abi Beddard and Effie Hiram in Wj15 double sculls and Amy Surman and Elle Grindle in J14 2x.
Charlie Green rowed a personal best in qualifying but did not make the semi-final.
Abi and Effie successfully made it through the time trial to proceed through to the last 18. In their semi they again rowed a personal best time finishing 5th.
Amy Surman and Ellie Grindle qualified 2nd in their time trial and were strong favourites in their semi to proceed to the final. Amy and Ellie rowed nearly the perfect race reaching the 50 meter mark in record time and making the final comfortably. The final was a tense time conditions on the course had worsened with a cross win now starting to effect the racers. Ellie and Amy did not start well, being only 3rd at the 500m point and 4th with 250 meters to go. It was then the brave Ross crew made their move, travelling through the field to overtake two crews and earn a silver medal by 3 one hundredths of a second. This is the 5th such achievement this season for the Junior Academy Squad.
On Saturday Kelly Morris and Rosie Lindley successfully made the semi-final in the WJ16 2x, but unfortunately at 350m to go Rosie’s stroke-side blade broke in two and with that their race was over.
The girls had to put this disappointment to one side and focus on their next event on Sunday the challenging coxless pair. They had a straight semi-final in which they successfully coped with the very windy conditions to earn a place in the final. The competition at this level is incredibly high and the girls having had an excellent paddle with a poor lane draw finished 6th . High Performance coach Ian Howell comments “We are incredibly proud of all the squad who have been training for this event over many months. Having 5 entries, with two finalists and one medal is a good result especially in light of the size and magnitude of the competition.”
Monmouth Regatta 29th, 2010
On Saturday, Ross Juniors demonstrated enthusiasm and technical blade work by emerging as victorious in eleven events at Monmouth Sprint Regatta
Thirty-four juniors took part in 17 events at the Monmouth Sprint- racing over 750m. Although it out a drizzly day, the majority of the club were successful in coming through their first round heats. It is particularly important at Monmouth to row down the river parallel to the far bank; so as not to add extra meters to the course. For a few, steering was their downfall as opposed to speed.