Corowa row­ers be­gin sea­son on win­ning note

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

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.

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