The Eights were undoubtedly the biggest and most exciting school races of the day.
The Schoolgirls Coxed Eight final saw a tussle between Pymble and MLC Kew as they stayed within a second of each other for the first kilometre, behind race leaders Geelong Grammar, Geelong College and St Catherine’s School – Victoria. The two crews were side by side and pushed themselves up on the field after a slow start. At the 1000m mark MLC Kew made their move. The Victorian girls found an extra gear and pushed through the line, finding the gold; Pymble went with them and lifted through the final 500m to take the silver. Geelong Grammar hung on after a very fast first half and claimed the bronze.
MLC cox Goldie O’Gorman said about the race, “It’s pretty big; right from the get-go of the season we told ourselves that we could do this and we’ve worked hard to get we were are. We just packed ourselves and trusted our working throughout the season and came through with the win. I’m really proud of everyone.”
Scotch College Victoria came out quick from the start in the Schoolboy Coxed Eights. The crew dominated and maintained their lead to the finish line. Brighton Grammar stormed home in the final 500m and edged out Nudgee from the silver medal position by only 0.05 of a second. Scotch six-seat Sam Hobson commented, “It was just a great season in general; we wanted to race hard as early as we could, and we did. It was perfect.”
Newington flew out of the start in the Schoolboys Coxed Quad Scull and maintained their lead through the duration of the race and secured first-place. Radford College finished fast into the silver medal position by only 0.64 of a second, where Melbourne High took the bronze by an even closer margin of 0.53 seconds.
St Augustines NSW and Shore stayed within a second of each other for the first kilometre of the Under 17 Schoolboys Coxed Eight race. St Augustines stepped up early and fought for a 3 second gap from Shore; they maintained this to the finish line and secured the first-place win. Shore, Newington, Scots and Wesley fought it out for the final 500m all within 0.30 of a second of each other. Shore scraped through to second with only a 0.24 Margin to Newington who fought for third with a 0.39 margin to Wesley College who came fourth.
The Schoolboys Coxed Four was certainly a race to remember with three Scotch College Victoria crews dominating the race and placing in first, second and third taking a clean sweep of the medals. Scotch College went on to win the Schoolboys Points Trophy.
The Under 17 Schoolgirls Coxed Eight saw Queenwood come out quick through the start and maintain a strong lead to finish first with a solid 5.85 margin to second place. An exciting last 500m from MLC and PLC Perth battle it out for the minor medals as both crews emptied the tank to the line which found PLC Perth finish in second by a margin of 1.91 to MLC Kew in third. Queenwood were crowned the winners of the Schoolgirls Points Trophy.
The club races also proved to be competitive. U19 and U21 duo of Jade Mansell and Monique Bitzios (Griffiths University Surfers Paradise) took out the win today in the Club Women’s Double in a time of 7:48.30.
The Men’s Club Double was taken out by James Price and Tim Santin of Adelaide Rowing Club in a strong and competitive final. Santin supports the Club division, saying “it gives those who haven’t made Australian Rowing teams a shot”. Will Achermann of the winning Club Men’s Eight of Mercantile echoed this sentiment, saying, “The competition within the club division is stepping up, and provides good racing which is great.”