The Somerset rowers competed in the final regatta of the local Gold Coast schools rowing season at Wyaralong Dam on the weekend.
As always the regatta clashed with the Senior Ball, but that didn’t stop Rowing Captain Olivia Sina from making a cameo performance in the Girls Open Quad Scull, placing 3rd with crew mates, Katherine Plume, Brieanna Bischof, Talia Varcoe and Anneka Lanham.
Although the Somerset squad finished just 2 points behind Trinity Lutheran College in the overall point score for the Jenny Pemberton Trophy for the champion school, there were some great performances throughout the day. The Year 10 boys won the pennant thanks to the performance Quad Scull crew of Aidan McKeon, Cian Muenster, Marc Eksteen, Lachlan Munro and Blake Mills, 2nd place in the Double of Marc and Lachlan and Lachlan’s 3rd placing in the Single Scull.
The new course at Wyaralong Dam, which has only been buoyed earlier this year, gave the opportunity for the senior crews to extend out to the race distances that they will compete at throughout the Championship regattas next term with the Year 10 rowers competing over 1500m, whilst the seniors have moved out to the traditional 2000m distance. Katherine Plume took advantage of the extended race distance, convincingly winning the girls under 17 Single Scull, whilst Brieanna Bischof took 3rd place in the girls Open Single Scull. Katherine later teamed with Hannah Neumann to take victory in the Year 10 girls Double Scull in the last race of the day.
The Year 8 girls Quad Scull had the best race of their season, with the crew of Azaria Barr-Hamilton, Stephanie Kay, Heiki Pakis, Nina Varco and Cassidy Fifield placing second before going on to step up to the Year 9 girls Quad Scull along with Rebecca Zielinski, where they gained 3rd place.
The Year 8 boys were unlucky not to claim the point score in their category, but took a hard fought victory in the Quad Scull, with the crew of Sam Liu, Anthony McKenna, Leo Xin, Chester Whiting and Callum Munro edging out a competitive crew from Varsity College.
The Year 9 boys also competed strongly across the events with Declan Thew placing second in his Single, and in the Double with Julius Wright, whilst they also took second place along with Joe Lanham, Thomas McKenna and Manfredi Bondi.
Almost 60 Somerset rowers competed across the 8 categories in Single, Double and Quad Sculls.
The conditions were spectacular at the new course and capped off a busy but fantastic start to the season and should provide a solid base for rowers as they go on to prepare for the South Queensland and State titles which will be held in Term Three.
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