The Somerset Rowers braved strong winds at Wyaralong Dam last weekend to prevail as the strongest school taking out the Jenny Pemberton Challenge Trophy for the school point score.
The victory was especially pleasing as it was a great combined effort, as there were only a few victories but everyone fought for their positions which allowed the Somerset team to accrue the most points.
The year 10 boys were the only group to win their year level shield, thanks to Thomas McKenna, Julius Wright, Joe Lanham, Declan Thew, and Alexander Taylor-Girdler extending their unbeaten run in the quad scull, with Declan and Joe, taking second in the double and Declan finishing fourth in the single scull.
The girls crews were strong performers across all of the year groups. The year 9 girls crew of Heiki Pakis, Nina Varcoe, Jordan Wilson, Stephanie Kay and coxswain Jackson Fifield have improved consistently across the season and they led their race all the way down the course to be overtaken in the last stroke to take 2nd place less than a second behind the winning crew. The open girls quad scull crew of Hannah Neumann, Jade Mansell, Katherine Plume, Cox: Alexander Taylor-Girdler, were joined by Chloe Garrier who stepped up to the senior crew for the first time gained another valuable second placing in their 2000 meter race.
The year 8 girls quad with Tenaysha Thomasson, Alissa McKenna, Miku Adachi, Emma Wilson and Sophia Smith as well as the year 10 girls quad with Kyah Anderson, Rebecca Zielinski, Chloe Garrier, Zara Smith and Cassidy Fifield both gained 3rd placings in their respective events.
The year 9 boys have had 5 quad sculls racing every regatta this season and the division 1 crew of Samuel Liu, Min Jae Kyeong, Anthony McKenna, Chester Whiting, Cox: Jackson Fifield took the victory.
In the senior boys open events Somerset took second placing in every race. Lorenz Muhlbauer in the Open Single scull, Lachlan Munro in the under 17 single, Lachlan and Aidan McKeon in the double and Lorenz, Lachlan, Ryan McClure, Blake Mills and Alexander Taylor-Girdler in the quad sculls. A special recognition should be extended to Ryan, Lorenz and Max Jeanneret-Gris who came all the way out to Beaudesert to represent the college before heading back to the Gold Coast for their year 12 formal.
The Gold Coast Trophy regatta finalises the local season for the Somerset rowers. Theere is a small group of rowers who will tackle the 21km Head of the Tweed in the school holidays and then on the return to school the rowers will compete at the South Queensland Championships which will also be held at Wyaralong Dam.
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