Southland school sets standard

James Hargest College's boys rowing squad has taken the first steps to carrying out its goal of under-17 age-group domination at the Maadi Cup on Lake Ruataniwha this week.

In winning heat three of the under-17 four early on day two of the regatta yesterday, Dylan Milford, Thomas Elder, Rowan Haveron and Cameron Perkins, coxed by Tate Mulligan, are the fastest qualifiers in the under-17 four and became the first Southland school crew to progress to an A Final at the secondary schools shampionship regatta.

The crew also took a win in the under-17 quad mid-morning to progress to the semifinals, before gale-force winds put a hold on the regatta for most of the afternoon.

Other crews to progress yesterday were:

Wakatipu's boys U18 lightweight double - Jacob Flanagan and Dylan O'Connor - 1st in heat 3 and through to the semifinals.

Southland Girls High School's U16 four - Sara Dalzell, Hannah McCloy, Hannah Lilley and Jennifer Baker coxed by Rosie Finn - 1st in heat 1 and through to the semifinals.

Southland Boys' High School U18 double - Tim Yaxley and Josh Hayes - 2nd in heat 5 and through to the semifinals.

U17 double - Michaela Townshend and Kerri-Ann Sinclair - 1st in heat 4 and fastest qualifiers through to the quarterfinals.

Wakatipu's boys U18 novice coxed four - Harrison Long, Connor Kennedy, Rene Schaefer, Louie Tatom-Cross and coxswain Oliver Sanderson - 1st in heat 2 and through to the semifinals.

Following the afternoon's wind delay a handful of crews competed in the last of the heats to progress directly to the top half of their fields, including Southland Girls' under-16 doubles of Moira MacDonald and Nakita Tupoutoa who won heat 2 with the fastest time overall. Maiah Hegarty and Rianna Maxwell were second in heat 5 to also make it into the quarterfinals. However, the next stage is no easier as only the top two in the quarterfinals make it through to the A finals and a medal chance: third and fourth will have to settle for a B final and the last four in each quarter make up the C and D finalists.

A reduced Aparima College squad of six rowers and one coxswain has managed to remain in the majority of their entered events. The boys under-18 novice double, boys under-16 double and boys under-17 quad progressed to repechages from Monday's racing. A late breakthrough indeed came for the Riverton-based school when Jack Mennie qualified for the quarterfinals of the under-16 single by placing fourth in heat 2.

With the regatta put on hold at lunchtime until 4pm, losing four hours of racing and only an hour of that racing completed last night, there are still almost 50 repechages that will have be ‘made up' on time today before quarterfinals and lesser E and F finals can be programmed. Regatta officials were last night looking at the options for ensuring racing continues without further delay. More than 20 southern crews will compete in these repechages today, with finals placings or elimination the options they are facing.

The Southland Times