Timaru pair's gold hat-trick finish for club
JACOB PAGE AT LAKE RUATANIWHA
Emma Weith and Erica Taylor capped a stunning National Rowing Championships for the Timaru Rowing Club by winning the club's third gold medal, in the women's under-19 double sculls.
Timaru had just 15 of the 700-plus rowers competing at the regatta, but their three-gold and three-bronze medal haul had them place sixth in the Centennial Oar standings, which calculate the best-performing club of the regatta, which finished on Saturday.
Despite the calm conditions on Lake Ruataniwha, there was anything but a calm start to the finals day for the team.
Paige Cook suffered a back injury on Friday and was unable to compete in any finals on the last day.
Coach Dean Milne was forced into a quick reshuffle of his crews, with the experienced Taylor a late ring-in to partner Weith in the under 19 double sculls.
The move cost Taylor and Emma Dyke their spot in the under-20 pair final, however, it was decided Taylor and Weith had a better chance of a medal.
The decision proved correct as no crew could match Timaru's acceleration over the last 500m.
Milne said the silver medallists from Otago were the only real threat.
"That Otago crew sneaked up on us, and I felt like they were the only ones who go with us and sprint, but my girls were excellent." Alice Murdoch and Renee Olley finished seventh in the same race.
The women's under-19 coxed four of Emma Dyke, Murdoch, Harriet Sutton, Surrey Collett and cox Zoe Dobbs finished fourth in their final.
PRECIOUS METAL Timaru Rowing Club's medal haul Three gold Women's club eight: Emma Weith, Erica Taylor, Paige Cook, Harriet Sutton, Alice Murdoch, Emma Weith, Renee Olley, Surrey Collett and cox Zoe Dobs Women's senior coxless pair: Emma Weith and Emma Dyke Women's under-19 double sculls: Emma Weith and Erica Taylor Three bronze Men's novice double sculls: Sam Thomson and Sam Dick Women's club double: Renee Olley and Erica Taylor Men's club single sculls: James Walker
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