Corowa row­ers end sea­son in style

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

A busy sea­son cul­mi­nated with five re­gat­tas over a two week pe­riod for Corowa row­ers.

The first of the re­gat­tas was the School Sports Vic­to­ria Re­gatta held at Gee­long on March 15.

Corowa High School stu­dents Jay­den Col­lier, year 10 and Will Ju­lian, year 9 com­peted in the sin­gles and dou­ble sculls.

Will was up first win­ning his heat and lead­ing all the way to claim the win in the fi­nal. Jay­den started slowly in his heat be­fore he set­tled to take the win. Jay­den stepped it up in the fi­nal to take con­trol of the race from the start to lead all the way to claim the win. Teaming up in the year 10 dou­ble the boys rowed the pre­lim­i­nary to ad­vance to the fi­nal and in a close bat­tle with Bal­wyn High the boys fin­ished sec­ond.

Head of School Girls Re­gatta held in Gee­long Fri­day 16th - Sun­day 18th march.

Corowa Row­ing Club mem­bers Paige Cooper, Galen Catholic Col­lege and Claire MacDon­ald, Al­bury High School com­peted in the Open sin­gle scull div 1,while Bella Heag­ney, Xavier High school year 7 stu­dent com­peted in the year 9 sin­gle scull.

Day one saw the heats of the sin­gles with Claire up first need­ing to win to move straight into the semi-fi­nal. Af­ter a tight bat­tle early the Buck­ley Park High sculler moved clear as Claire set­tled to fin­ish strongly in sec­ond place and into the repechage. Paige has been in great form as she lined up and showed her hard work was pay­ing off as she led all the way and a place into the semi-fi­nal. Bella was up next in the year 9 sin­gle with a heat fea­tur­ing 4 scullers need­ing to win to go straight into the semis.

The field split into two as Bella moved into 2nd place chal­leng­ing for the lead. Bella made her move putting pres­sure on the early leader as both scullers raced to the line Bella got her nose in front to win by .21 sec­onds and straight into the semis.

On day two Claire had an early start in the Open sin­gle repechage need­ing a top two fin­ish to move into the semi-fi­nals. The race be­gan with the scullers lin­ing up in ideal con­di­tions as Claire go out to a clean start. As the race pro­gressed Claire strug­gled with her steer­ing as she made con­tact with the lane mark­ers but to her credit worked hard done the full course and a place in the C fi­nal.

Bella lined up in the year 9 semi need­ing a top 2 fin­ish to move into Sun­day’s A fi­nal. The event favourite took an early lead as the race was on for the im­por­tant 2nd place. Bella set­tled into her rhythm and in the fi­nal 300m made her move pulling back the gap but fall­ing 1.5 sec­onds short at the line to earn a place in the B fi­nal. The fi­nal fea­tured 4 scullers and in a close race down the course Bella had her best row for the re­gatta as the top 3 scullers were sep­a­rated by less than a length and Bella fin­ish­ing the re­gatta 7th out of 19 scullers a fan­tas­tic ef­fort for a year 7 stu­dent. Paige was lin­ing up in the Semi and as ex­pected took the lead and con­trolled the race to win by 15 sec­onds and move into Sun­day’s A fi­nal.

On Day thee the gale force winds pre­dicted were present as the days rac­ing and re­gatta were can­celled. Dis­ap­point­ing for the crews but that’s what hap­pens in an out­door sport with safety the num­ber one con­cern. Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

The fo­cus quickly shifted to­wards the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney as Paige caught the plane from Avalon air­port and Jay­den ven­tured up the Hume with his Mum.

On day 1 Paige was up first in the Heat of the Un­der 19 sin­gle scull. With an in­ter­na­tional field fea­tur­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Ar­gentina and Ja­pan a great race was ex­pected.

Paige’s plan was to get out and hold on for as long as pos­si­ble. Fol­low­ing in­struc­tions Paige was hold­ing sec­ond place at the 1000m mark be­fore the in­ter­na­tion­als made their move to take the lead as Paige set­tled into fifth place know­ing she was in Tues­day’s Repechage.

The af­ter­noon’s rac­ing saw the dou­ble sculls hit the wa­ter with Jay­den and his row­ing part­ner Zac from Essendon Row­ing Club. The new com­bi­na­tion started well and they were in con­tention at the 1000m mark but as the pace lifted the boys rowed strongly fin­ish­ing fifth with a great time and into Tues­day’s repechage.

Paige was teaming with Louisa from Footscray and in the fastest heat the girls rowed a fan­tas­tic race to fin­ish 5th and get an­other chance in the Repechage.

On day two Paige was in the Reps of the sin­gle in a class field need­ing a top two fin­ish to move into the semi-fi­nals. Row­ing strongly Paige was well po­si­tioned as she worked hard down the course to fin­ish strongly in third place with her fastest time for the re­gatta.

The af­ter­noon’s rac­ing fea­tured Jay­den and Paige in the Reps for their dou­ble sculls. Jay­den and Zac had a sim­ple plan keep in front for as long as pos­si­ble. The boys fol­lowed in­struc­tions to lead all the way and win the rep and move into Wed­nes­day’s Semi-fi­nals.

Paige and Louisa were in a tough bat­tle need­ing a top two fin­ish to move on to the semis. The crew started well keep­ing pace with the field be­fore the move was made by the Queens­lan­ders hold­ing the crew into third place with 500m to go. The pace lifted as Paige and Lou made their move, mak­ing con­tact with sec­ond place then push­ing away to claim the im­por­tant place in the semis.

On day three the dou­bles were up with Jay­den and Zac keen to im­prove on Wed­nes­day’s per­for­mance. The crew kept pace early and with an­other great row the boys just fell short in 5th place and a top 10 Aus­tralian rank­ing. Paige and Lou were up against a qual­ity field and in a hard fought race fin­ished sev­enth in the semi earn­ing a top 14 rank­ing.

The quads were up af­ter lunch with a top two fin­ish in the heat to earn a place in Satur­day’s fi­nals .Jay­den’s crew fea­tur­ing Zac and Cale from Essendon, Lind­say Hamil­ton from Bairns­dale and Tim Laing from Mel­bUni were young and keen to race the big­ger boat.

In an even start the boys set­tled and were in a strong po­si­tion as the crews raced to the line fin­ish­ing in 5th place. The young crew will im­prove and learn from the row as they move onto Thurs­day’s repechage. Paige and Lou teamed with Ruby from Footscray and Mon­tana from Bund­aberg. Also need­ing a top 2 fin­ish the crew moved into sec­ond place at the half way mark and rowed a well-timed race to com­fort­ably earn a spot in Satur­day’s fi­nal.

Day four was one of our qui­etest days of com­pe­ti­tion with Jay­den in the Rep of the quad and Paige in the heat of the school girl sin­gle.

Jay­den’s crew needed a top two fin­ish to move into Satur­day’s fi­nal. The crew went out hard lead­ing the five crew race. At the 1000m mark the field lifted and the chal­lenge was put to the boys by the Queens­lan­ders who made a push. The boys tried hard but spent a bit too much en­ergy to fin- ish third and ninth over­all in the event .A great ef­fort for a young crew first time com­peti­tors at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Paige was en­tered in the largest field for the re­gatta with 63 sin­gles in the Open School­girl sin­gle scull. Need­ing to win to move straight to the quar­ter fi­nals she was up against a qual­ity field. Get­ting an­other good start Paige set­tled well be­fore the pace lifted with Paige fin­ish­ing 4th and an­other chance in Fri­day’s Repechage.

On day five Paige lined up against four other scullers as three only moved into the quar­ter fi­nals. Paige con­tin­ued her great start to the race tak­ing the lead and in a con­trolled race fin­ished in 3rd place and a spot in Satur­day’s quar­ter fi­nals.

On day six ideal con­di­tions greeted the crews for the fi­nals of the quad sculls.

Paige’s crew were up against a qual­ity field and would need their best row to claim a medal.

Af­ter an even start the move was made by the Queens­lan­ders who got their nose in front af­ter 500m.Paige’s crew were still in the race at the 1000m mark be­fore the pace lifted for the run home. In a tight fin­ish the crew gave their all fin­ish­ing in fifth place.

Next up was Paige’s quar­ter fi­nal for the school girl sin­gles, with her re­quir­ing a top four plac­ing to move into the A-B semis.

The race was a great bat­tle with the NSW State Cham­pion tak­ing the early lead with the race on for the fi­nal 3 places. With 500m to go the fi­nal sprint for the line Paige gave her all to miss out by .02 sec­onds but earn a place in the C-D semi.

The semi was a real race with lit­tle sep­a­rat­ing five crews with 500m to go. With Paige sit­ting in fifth place and sprint­ing to the line she made a last ef­fort to surge to the lead in a new P.B time of 8.23 a great re­ward for her hard work.

On day seven Paige’s last race for the re­gatta was the C fi­nal plac­ings from 17 - 24 out of a field of 63 scullers.

The race was evenly placed with a line across the field with 500m to go. Paige dug in and moved into sec­ond place and rank­ing 18th in Aus­tralia a fan­tas­tic ef­fort and well de­served.

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