Round two of the U21 Trans-Tasman Series kicked off today at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. The Australians arrived in New Zealand on Monday following a three-day pre-departure camp in Canberra. Both teams were treated to a traditional Maori welcome by the Waipa District Mayor and Council on Wednesday and Australian team representatives Serena Cox and Darcy Wruck responded on behalf of the team. Keen to improve on results from the first round, the Aussies were itching to race.
Following terrible weather earlier in the week, all fingers were crossed for good racing conditions on Day 1. The morning session saw a tail breeze bring home the Australian men’s lightweight double and single sculls to victory in the heats. Near perfect conditions proved very helpful to the Australians in the afternoon session with wins to the men’s pair of Darcy Wruck and Harley Moore, men’s lightweight double of Oli Cook and Sean Murphy and the men’s lightweight single sculler Blaine Heseltine. George Lethbridge and Olly Smith did a fantastic job of improving on their morning race to place second in the men’s pair, and Serena Cox gave it absolutely everything in the women’s single before being pipped on the line and finishing second.
Crews move into quads and fours for Day 2 of racing tomorrow.
Points at the end of day 1 – NZ: 85, AUS: 65. (Total points – NZ: 251, AUS: 181)