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Somerset Hosts Rowing Regatta

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Week 3, Term Two, 2017

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The opening regatta of the Gold Coast Schools rowing kicked off last weekend with the first regatta of the season being held at Coomera Waters last weekend. Not only was the regatta the first for the season, but the Somerset Rowing committee hosted the regatta so it was a massive effort from students, parents and staff.

The Somerset students put in some solid performances across the board, with some of the new rowers debuting victories. Four Somerset scullers, Tenaysha Thomasson, Benjamin Agnew, Fergus McKeon and Cruz Pearson all took victory in their first ever singles sculling races in their respective novice events. At the next regatta, they will progress to the main draw where they will then race over 1000 meters as opposed to the 500 meter novice races. Miku Adachi and Emma Wilson also gained victory in their first ever regatta comfortably winning the girls year eight double sculls.

The open girls were dominant across their category, with Katie Plume taking victory in the open girls single scull and Jade Mansell second in the under 17 single. They combined to take a strong win in the open girl’s double scull and teamed up with Hannah Neumann, Talia Varcoe and coxswain Alexander Taylor-Girdler to win the open quad scull. The girls carried on their winning form in the eight along with Brieanna Bischof, Rebecca Zielinski, Zara Smith and Nina Varcoe.

Across the eight quad scull events Somerset crews finished in the top three in division 1 of all the categories from year eights through to open. The year nine boy’s quad of Min Jae Kyeong, Samuel Liu, Chester Whiting, Anthony McKenna and Jackson Fifield won their event, whilst the year 10 boy’s crew of Julius Wright, Thomas McKenna, Joe Lanham, Declan Thew, and Alexander Taylor-Girdler secured a Somerset victory in the last race of the day. This race completed a clean sweep from Declan Thew with victory in the boy’s under 16 single scull and the year 10 double with Julius Wright.

Across the team the Somerset rowers showed great support of each other as they all helped each other with their equipment, whilst many of the senior rowers mentored the juniors with great advice and leadership. I would like to extend a big thank you to the new Somerset Rowing Club President, Karen Neumann who did a great job leading the enthusiasm. I would especially like to thank Mr McKinnon and Mr Juniper for their tireless work in preparation for the regatta and right through until the boats were safely packed away at the rowing shed on Saturday evening.

The rowers will compete in the Gold Coast regattas every second weekend over term 2 culminating with the trophy regatta on 11 June.

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