Australia picked up three of the five gold medals on offer today in New Zealand at the U21 Trans-Tasman Regatta.Today’s (23 August) second leg of racing saw Australia and New Zealand, along with Canada, battle it out in the medium boats and also the Mixed Double Scull.
One of the highlights of today’s racing on Lake Karapiro was the performances of the Men’s Under 21 Four of Benjamin Pincus, Jethro Gifford ( both Toowong Rowing Club), Logan Ulrich and Miller Rowe (both Kand Rowing Club). The crew, who have been coached by Brendan Long, won both their heat and final to lead the charge for gold medals on offer. The Men’s Quadruple Scull of Tom Williamson (Toowong Rowing Club), Jack Barrett, Joseph Wilson and Connor Ryan (all North Esk Rowing Club) bounced back from a difficult first race to a convincing win in the final. The Mixed Lightweight Double scull of Hamish Harding (ANU Boat Club) and Celia Cowan (Adelaide University Boat Club) raced well in both races and also come home with a gold medal.
Both the Women’s Four and the Women’s Quadruple Scull were outclassed by their New Zealand counterparts in both boat classes, with the Australians finishing some 10 seconds behind their rivals. Head Coach Brett Crow said “The competition so far has been in classic Kiwi raining weather. We are hoping for flat conditions and nail biting racing tomorrow in the Eights.”
In the points for the Rusty Robinson Trophy, Australia trail New Zealand 248 to 270
The full Australian Team can be viewed here
Live Results of the medium boats on day three (Saturday) will be available here
Points for racing will be awarded in the finals as follows:
1st – 6 points, 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 2 points and 4th – 1 point for –W1x, M1x, W2- and M2-.
1st – 6 points and 2nd – 4 points for LW2x, LM2x, W4-, M4-, W4x, M4x, W8+ and M8+.
1st – 2 points and 2nd – 1 point for LW1x, LM1x and MixL2x.
Medals will be awarded to the first-placed boat in each category.