Auck­land Dio dom­i­nates Maadi for sec­ond year

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Auck­land’s Dioce­san School for Girls has picked up back-to-back Maadi ti­tles, be­com­ing the first North Is­land female crew in 27 years to do so.

Dio claimed the Levin 75th Ju­bilee Cup - awarded to the win­ners of the un­der-18 eight 2000 me­tre race - at Lake Kara­piro this month, se­cur­ing the ti­tle by three quar­ters of a boat length.

They were be­hind for most of the race be­fore they kicked at the 500m mark and surged ahead of Hamil­ton’s St Paul’s Col­le­giate and Christchurchs’ St Mar­garet’s Col­lege.

Dio head of row­ing Rachel Wil­liams said she kept her nerves to­gether for most of the race but ex­cite­ment took over in fi­nal stages.

‘‘We were quite re­laxed watch­ing the girls to be fair,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘In the last 500m, when they started pulling ahead I thought we can do this. Then we were run­ning down the bank to get the fin­ish line so we could see it.’’

Over­all, Dio had four eights crews in A fi­nals - the novice eight, un­der-15 eight, un­der-17 eight, and un­der-18 eight.

‘‘I think that’s what shows a re­ally strong club,’’ Wil­liams said. ‘‘We’re step­ping up to the top and it’s ex­cit­ing.’’

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Auck­land Dio’s un­der-18 eight crew won back-to-back na­tional ti­tles at Maadi.

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