The 2016 rowing season started with a flourish last Saturday at Coomera, with more than 30 students representing the College for the first time and some of them tasting victory.
The Year 8 boys took out Division 1 of the Quad Scull event, with Chester Whiting, Samuel Liu, Leo Xin, Rory Hodge and their coxswain Callum Munro taking out victory over Varsity College and Trinity Lutheran in their first Quad Scull race representing Somerset. All up, the College boated four crews in the Year 8 Boys Quad Scull and the crew of Min-Jae Kyeong, Matthew White, Harrison Newing, Carter Loades and Abhinay Panda narrowly missed victory in the Division 2 race.
At the first regatta, the new rowers raced over 500m and will progress to racing 1,000m over the next few regattas. By winning the Under 14 Girls Novice Single, Nina Varcoe will qualify into the main field for the next regatta and will be one of the first Year 8 students to progress to the longer distance this year.
The Somerset Year 10 Boys Quad Scull comprising of Lachlan Munro, Marc Eksteen, Cian Muenster, Michael Blauberg and Blake Mills took an impressive victory in their event. Meanwhile, the Year 10 Girls matched victory of the boys with the crew of Katherine Plume, Jade Mansell, Hannah Nuemann, and Solange Page-Stephens and Charlotte Roche, who both earned a win in their first regatta.
There were many great efforts on the day, with more than 30 students representing the College for the first time at rowing and many of our Senior students competing strongly, including our boys who took victory in the Open Eight.
I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the parents and supporters who volunteered across many roles, from traffic control, to boat driving, catering, first aid and much more. For some, the day started at 5.00am and went beyond 5.00pm. Well done to the coaches, Nick McKinnon, Alison Barry and Anja Stols, who have helped to nurture the rowers this season
To all involved in the Somerset Regatta, thank you for your time, effort and expertise in ensuring the safe and smooth running of the regatta.
The rowers will continue with the local regattas every two weeks throughout this term.
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