Marlborough Girls' College crews stepped up at the Aon Maadi Cup secondary school rowing regatta yesterday, three crews reaching A finals and five making semifinals.
The under-18 pair of Portia Barcello and Jess Donald finished second in their morning repechage on a tranquil Lake Ruataniwha, booking a place in tomorrow's A final.
They were followed by the under-18 lightweight coxed four of Flo McIntosh, Hannah Warburton, Kate Rawcliffe, Annabel Masdaam and coxswain Meg Lamb, who came fifth in their repechage, also progressing to an A final.
Later in the day the under-17 eight, comprising McIntosh, Mollie Somerville, Georgina Williams, Lydia Mossman, Sammie Woollcombe, Warburton, Ruby McManaway, Tamara Porter and Lamb, rowed through for fourth in their repechage and will also compete in a final.
Another five crews booked semifinal spots on a busy day when schedules were compressed and time trials were run instead of some repechages to make up for the time lost when a storm passed through on Tuesday.
The under-15 coxed four of Sophie Robinson, Miranda Binsted-Pickering, Grace Lawson, Stella Blake and Annabel Cowlishaw were ranked 11th in the time trial format and will contest the semifinals. The under-18 novice double of Brydie Godsiff and Susie Grigg reached a quarterfinal, where they came home fourth and will also race in the semis. Their battle with fellow MGC crew, Ella Irvine and Tahlia Thompson was decided by .06 of a second, a tussle described by MGC head coach Dave Williamson as "the most exciting race for fourth he's seen in the whole regatta".
Irvine, Grigg, Thompson, Godsiff and cox Chloe Crawford were members of the under-18 novice coxed four who finished eighth under the time trial format while the under-17 girls coxed four of Williams, Mossman, Woollcombe, Tamara Porter and Lamb wound up seventh. Both will race semifinals today, as will the under-15 coxed quad of Robinson, Rawcliffe, Charlotte McKee, Stella Blake and Cowlishaw who claimed fifth fastest time.
Head coach Dave Williamson was happy with the MGC team's efforts. "It's been a long day. Pretty competitive . . . you get a couple of boats to A finals, you have to be happy about that. That's the first part of the week done and dusted, we've got five new opportunities tomorrow.
"I think every person in the squad is going to be rowing at least a B final on finals day, so at least everybody can say they've been in a boat among the top 16. It's been a good day."
Yesterday was a quieter time for the Marlborough Boys' College crews, many of whom had qualified for the semifinal stages already. Three more crews progressed to the final 16 yesterday.
The under-18 coxed four of Campbell Stevens, Zack Andrews, Jordon Gasson, Rainer Wichman and Trent Burbidge finished third in their heat and will contest a semi today.
The top under-16 double crew of Angus McFarlane and Leith Gilmore came second in their quarterfinal and also progress to a semifinal, emulating the under-15 double of Jack Delaveau and Nathan Honeybone, who were also runners-up in their quarterfinal.
It was a tough day for the under-17 double combination of Greg Hyson and Taylor Evans, who raced twice, finishing third in their repechage, then sixth in the quarterfinals.
Results from yesterday's racing at the Maadi Cup regatta:
Marlborough Boys' College:
Under 17 double (Greg Hyson, Taylor Evans) 3rd in repechage; 6th in quarterfinal
Under 18 coxed four (Campbell Stevens, Zack Andrews, Jordon Gasson, Rainer Wichman, Trent Burbidge) 3rd in repechage - to semifinal
Under 16 double (Angus McFarlane, Leith Gilmore) 2nd in quarterfinal - to semifinal; (Nathan Honeybone, Tim Ryan) 8th in repechage, DNS in E final;
Under 15 double (Jack Delaveau, Honeybone) 2nd in quarterfinal - to semifinal
Under 17 single (Evans) 7th in quarterfinal
Marlborough Girls College:
Under 17 girls coxed four (Georgina Williams, Lydia Mossman, Sammi Woollcombe, Tamara Porter, Meg Lamb) 7th in time trial format - to semifinal
Under 15 coxed quad (Sophie Robinson, Kate Rawcliffe, Charlotte McKee, Stella Blake, Isabel Cowlishaw) 5th in time trial format - to semifinal
Under 17 coxed quad (Ruby McManaway, Mollie Somerville, Williams, Porter, Lamb) 16th in time trial format
Under 15 coxed four (Robinson, Miranda Binsted-Pickering, Grace Lawson, Blake, Cowlishaw) 11th in time trial format - to semifinal
Under 18 pair (Portia Barcello, Jess Donald) 2nd in repechage - to A final
Under 18 lightweight coxed four (Flo McIntosh, Hannah Warburton, Rawcliffe, Annabel Masdaam, Lamb) 5th in repechage - to A final
Under 16 eight (Belle Saunders, Meg Hocquard, Molly Ramsay, Ahlia Hicks, Samantha Lawrence, Caylah Kenny, Maia Bicknell, Tegan Williams, Bianca Sisson) 7th in repechage; (Eloise Boon, Miranda Roughan, Kate Lindstrom, Kelsie Fitzpatrick, Briana Ellis-Craig, McKee, Morgan Gurr, Emily O'Sullivan, Verity Jones) 10th in repechage
Under 18 single (Portia Barcello) 7th in repechage; (Jess Donald) 8th in repechage
Under 17 eight (McIntosh, Somerville, Williams, Mossman, Woollcombe, Warburton, McManaway, Porter, Lamb) 4th in repechage - to A final
Under 18 novice double (Godsiff, Grigg) 4th in quarterfinal - to semifinal; (Irvine, Thompson) 5th in quarterfinal - to C final
Under 16 coxed quad (Hicks, Hocquard, Lawrence, Ramsay, Sisson) 5th in quarterfinal
Under 18 novice coxed four (Irvine, Grigg, Thompson, Godsiff, Crawford) 8th in time trial format - to semifina
- The Marlborough Express