Season Opener Shows Great Promise

Published on 30 April 2013 Categories: Sports,  Extra-Curricular

Close up of RowersA bumper entry from George Watson's College Boat Club contributed towards a record number of competitors at Strathclyde Park Regatta last weekend.  The Regatta – already the largest club event on the Scottish Regatta Calendar – attracted crews from all over Scotland, as well as England and Ireland.  GWC crews competed in 26 events, finishing in the top three in 22 and winning eight events.

Jack Dryden (S5) took the step up to senior men’s single sculls, and won the novice event comfortably.  Eleanor Marlow and Ellie Brown (both S5) performed equally well in their senior women’s event, winning the novice double sculls. 

The J16 squads picked up the lion’s share of the spoils, bagging four wins from eight events.  The girls’ squad led the way, the quad scull of Katy McDonald, Isla Ferguson, Ellie Brown, and Holly Cook (all S4) winning their race easily.  Katy and Holly followed this with an almost as comfortable win in their own age category, triumphing in women’s J15 double sculls.

Not to be outdone the boys’ coxed four of Laurence Bialy, Blair Ketteringham, Arseniy Morgunov and James Stevenson, coxed by Rebecca Moore (all S4) dominated their race to win by a significant margin over Aberdeen.  Laurence and James added the pairs event to their list of wins, before joining Struan Stewart and Alasdair Watson (both S4) to take the quad sculls event.

The boys’ J14 quad of Lev Demyanov, Euan Dickerson, Fergus Mainland (all S2), and Ben Carruthers (S3), coxed by Andrew Sommerville (S2) were pushed to the line by an Aberdeen crew, but held on to maintain their recent run of great form.  Cox Andrew then turned his hand to sculling, joining Finlay Middlemiss (S1) in the J13 double sculls and finishing a creditable second.  The girls’ J14 quad of Hannah Knowles, Catriona MacKinnon, Amy Holt and Rosie Kerr, coxed by Julie McDonald (all S2) also finished in second place, also highlighting the great potential of our younger crews to follow the example set by their older teammates.

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