Corowa rowers begin season on winning note
Corowa Rowing Club made the trip to Bendigo for the club’s first regatta of the season.
With strong tail winds and rain in the morning the crews were in for fast times over the 500m sprint course.
With a number of our rowers unavailable, this gave an opportunity for our younger members to compete and show that their hard work on the river was paying off.
Jayden Collier was the club’s stand out winning three events and a second place – a great way to start the season after his hard work in the gym over winter.
Jayden won the C Grade, Under 17 single scull and teamed with Will Julian to take out the Under 17 double scull.
One of the best rows was in the Under 17 quad scull with Jayden and Will teaming with Brodie, Spencer and Cox Imogen to have a great race down the course to finish in 2nd place, this racing experience is fantastic for our young rowers and will provide great learning for the season ahead.
Our youngest members were competing in the Under 15 events with Clancy and Imogen Tomlinson, Lachie and Summers Hogan, Spencer and Adelyn Holland and Brodie Julien.
The day started with the double sculls with Clancy and Summers teaming up. The girls rowed a well-timed race to finish in third place.
Spencer and Lachie competed together and showed their hard work was paying off by having their best row and keeping up with their older competition.
The girls teamed up in the quad scull with Olivia Hughes coxswain. The young Corowa crew did a fantastic job racing down the course without making a mistake and gaining valuable racing experience.
The single sculls saw Brodie and Spencer against each other in the second heat. Both boys got out well with Spencer taking a slight lead before he settled, and in a strong race to the line won his first race in a single scull – a reward for his hard work in the off-season.
Brodie, new to the single scull, followed his race plan and rowed a great race to finish in third place.
Lachie was in the fourth heat keeping in his lane completed the course having a great row.
Summers, the youngest competitor in the event, showed great technique, racing in her lane and finishing strongly over the finish line.
Our newest members Tamasin Burch and Alex Schultz, who make the trip from Tocumwal each week for training, teamed up in the mixed double scull in the open event. They had a great row to finish 3rd.
Matt Vogel and Paige Cooper teamed up in the next heat to take the win and racing against a quality field in the final showed their experience to take out first place.
Matt and Paige teamed with Julie Underwood and Alex in the Open mixed quad scull winning their heat and in a close race in the final finished just short on the line in 2nd place.
Julie and Susie Scott teamed up for the C Grade double scull with 1st and 2nd moving into the final from the heat, the Corowa crew qualified for the final.
In a great race the Corowa crew fought back from a slow start to close the gap on the early leaders from Barwon but in the final sprint fell just short in 2nd place.
Julie also competed in the C Grade single scull qualifying for the final and in a hard fought race finished strongly in 2nd place.
The D Grade quad featured Olivia, Susie, Tamasin, Clancy and Cox Adelyn. With a late crew change Clancy stepped up and in a great row the crew were up with the pace showing great signs for the season ahead.
Olivia and Tam teamed up in the double scull leading all the way to take out the heat and a place in the final.
With an even start the Corowa and Geelong crews moved clear from the rest of the field. With a battle to the line the Corowa crew finished in 2nd place.
Alex, competing in his first single scull event, had a great race staying in his lane and beating a couple of scullers home to finish in 2nd place.
Thanks to all the parents for their help throughout the regatta, it is much appreciated as the club builds towards another season of competition.
Will was in the next heat of the single and continued from last season’s strong finish to have a great row. Although not making the final he showed he will be the one to watch after Christmas.
Next week we begin the long distance time trials with the 7.6km on the Goulburn River at Nagambie.
The club has two scullers entered – Amy Underwood in the open single and Julie in the C Grade single.
The club’s successful learn to row program is back again starting Sunday, November 4. Call into the club to find out more.
All competing Corowa rowers.
Regatta Ergo winners Lachie, Susie, Jayden and Paige.