Timaru crews deliver goods

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013
Timaru rowers
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FINALLY: The Timaru men's novice coxed four of Sam Thomson, Sam Dick, Craig Quested, Liam Cooper and cox Jack Elliotte were the first of six Timaru Rowing Club crews to qualify for a final yesterday.

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Six repechages became six finals berths for Timaru Rowing Club crews at the national championships on Lake Ruataniwha yesterday.

The women's senior coxless pair of Emma Weith and Emma Dyke timed their race to perfection to win their repechage by half a second over Hauraki Plains in a time of 7min 49.12sec.

Craighead coach Dean Milne said the duo had more to give if needed.

"Finals can make people perform in ways they didn't think possible, but they can off the water feeling good."

The men's novice coxed four of Sam Thomson, Sam Dick, Craig Quested, Liam Cooper and cox Jack Elliotte produced a final burst of power to finish second and make the final by just over a second.

The women's club coxed four of Weith, Alice Murdoch, Harriet Sutton, Paige Cook and cox Zoe Dobbs comfortably qualified after finishing second, while the women's under-20 coxless pair of Taylor and Dyke managed third when needing a top-four finish.

The women's club coxless quad of Taylor, Murdoch, Renee Olley and Dyke finished second, 2sec behind repechage winners North Shore, to progress to their final.

The men's novice coxed quad sculls of Thomson, Dick, Quested, Cooper and cox Elliotte easily qualified for the final with second in their race, 8sec down on winners Auckland.

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