Top rowing results ahead of Maadi Cup
St Peter’s School was crowned cochampion with Hamilton Boys’ High School at the North Island Secondary School Rowing Championships.
St Peter’s coach Janey Wackrow was proud of the students’ efforts and is feeling positive about the 2017 Aon Maadi Cup, which starts on March 27.
‘‘As the finals day went on, the battle for the overall championship team swapped between us and Hamilton Boys’ High School.
‘‘In the end it came down to the final race and with HBHS finishing second in the U18 + meant the two teams ended up tied for the Derbyshire Shield and we were crowned co-champions,’’ she said.
Both teams finished on 63 points ahead of Kings College in third on 31 points.
The 78-strong team made it through to 31 A Finals, nine B Finals and 3 C Finals.
‘‘This saw all of the athletes make it through to a final, which was a huge achievement,’’ Wackrow said.
‘‘We bought home eight gold medals, six silver medals and five bronze medals.’’
Sydney Johnson won gold in the the U18 Girls Single and Reuben van Dalen won silver in the U18 Boys Single.
Jason Nel took home gold in the U16 Boys Single.
Beckie Leigh and Clare Milne took home two golds by winning the U16 Girls Double and then combined with Ruby Butler, Morgan Brown and coxwain Brooke Houston to win the Quad.
The U17 Girls won gold in the Four, and in the Quad.
‘‘The surprise package of the regatta was our senior novice girls who really stepped up from the previous regattas winning gold in the Four and then combined with their teammates to take silver in the Eight,’’ said Wackrow.
The team had two more weeks of training before Maadi Cup and went to Whakamaru for a training camp.
Cambridge High School also had success at the event, taking home six medals.
‘‘We made 13 A Finals and 12 B Finals,’’ said Cambridge High School coach Kirsty Dunhill.
Cambridge High School won gold in the Girls Over 15 Lightweight Double, silver in Boys U16 Coxed Four, silver in Boys U16 Single Scull, bronze in Boys U16 Coxed Quad, bronze in Boys U17 Single Scull and bronze in Girls U15 Double Scull.
The teams now look forward to competing in the Maadi Cup, from March 27 to April 1.
St Peter’s Sydney Johnson won gold in the the U18 Girls Single. Inset: Cambridge High School U15 girls Tayla Cook and Seren Dixon, won bronze at the secondary school champs.