Newark Rowing Club compete at Eton Dorney in National Schools Regatta
Newark Rowing Club took a squad of 22 athletes down to the Olympic rowing course at Eton Dorney for the National Schools Regatta.
The club made a strong start with the women’s junior 14 coxed quadruple scull of Ameile Hickinbottom, Emily Jackson, Eyde Heywood, Emma Cox and Emma Joy (cox) placing in 19th place in their time trial.
They went on to hold this finish position in their first national championships.
Next to race was the championship girls quadruple scull of Phoebe Loach Martin, Lucy Jarvis, Molly Joyce and Maisie Maltby.
After a close battle with Great Marlow School, the crew went on to finish third in the C Final.
Oliver Robertson and Lucas Bowes also progressed into the C Final of their event, the championship boys single sculls.
Bowes raced well into a close second place, missing out to the sculler from Leander Club, with Robertson placing fifth after an early attack.
The women’s junior 16 double sculls of Kate Revill and Kay Southwood progressed well throughout the regatta to finish third in the B Final.
Sisters Emma Joy and Georgina Joy continued their good run to finish sixth in the B Final of championship girls double sculls.
Jack Norseworthy, Ed Lee, William Lees and Theo Cadby had built upon their strong local regatta racing to come fifth in their B Final.
Medal success came late in the day from two Newark crews.
The first was the junior 16 double scull of Jesse Hole and James Gleed.
After a tough race to the 1,000m mark, the crew pushed away from the field to take the bronze medal behind Marlow and Reading rowing clubs.
Newark’s final crew of the day was the championship coxless pair of Neve Woodman and Connie Ferrer.
After taking bronze in the double sculls event 12 months ago, the crew changed discipline to target a new event.
Lining up against some of the fastest pairs in Europe, the duo looked to be set for fourth place, but a late sprint pushed them into the bronze medal position by 0.51seconds in front of the crew from Hereford Rowing Club.
Head coach Ashley Cowley said: “This has been the best National Schools Regatta Newark has had in years.
“It shows how much depth we have in our squads that every boat we entered finished in the top 20 places in their events.
“Our hard winter training is starting to pay off. I am very excited to continue this momentum into Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta in the coming weeks.”