Local crews hot despite wind

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014
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PULLING TOGETHER: The Timaru Boys' High School under-17 coxed four, from left, Liam Cooper, Braden Scott, Regan small, Sam Dick and Jonte Woods (cox) in action yesterday.

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While the weather played havoc, Timaru secondary school rowing crews continued to impress as heats concluded on the second day of the Maadi Cup regatta on Lake Ruataniwha yesterday.

The Craighead under-16 double of Eve Sutherland and Emily O'Reilly were caught up in the weather mayhem as their boat was pushed way off course mid-race by the strong breeze and rough water.

Their race was abandoned and racing was halted for more than four hours.

After the resumption, the Roncalli College under-16 double of Bridget Cody and Abby McIlroy comfortably won their heat to progress to the quarterfinals.

In their re-row, the Craighead duo finished sixth to miss out on avoiding the repechages.

The Timaru Girls' High School under-16 four provided the first victory of the day as they progressed straight through from their heat to the semifinal.

The crew of Tarina Crampton, Michaela Watt, Tayla Brown, Madison Gillespie and cox Brooke Clemmett, the same combination that won their under-16 coxed quad heat on Monday, won comfortably in a time of 7min 56.74sec, the second fastest across the four heats.

They were three seconds down on Hillcrest High School.

The Craighead crew was third in the same race and face the repechages.

The Timaru Boys' High School under-18 double of James Walker and Ben Dewsbery did enough to make it straight through to the semifinals with second in their heat.

Their time of 7min 7.78sec was faster than two of the five winning times across the heats.

The Craighead under-17 double of Robyn Wright and Henrietta Harper did enough to make the quarterfinals with a third in their heat in what is an extremely competitive field.

Roncalli under-16 single sculler Johnny Rush made the quarter-finals after finishing second in his heat.

The Roncalli girls' under-18 coxed quad managed third in their race but could not avoid the repechages.

The same outcome awaited the TGHS under-18 lightweight double combination.

The Craighead under-18 eight will face a repechage after failing to make an impact in finishing last in their heat of the blue-ribbon event.

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