Push on to make finals at Lake Ruataniwha

Crews continued to look to make a statement yesterday ahead of the business end of the Maadi Cup rowing regatta on Lake Ruataniwha.

Quarter-finals got under way after a conveyer belt of time trial repechages punctuated a hectic morning session in calm conditions for day three of the national secondary school championships.

The Whakatane High School combination of Elliot and Finn Jenkins were the fastest qualifiers by four seconds in the boys' under-15 double. They were quicker than St Patrick's College and Waitaki Boys' High School ahead of the semifinals.

The girls' under-18 double quarterfinals were dominated by the Nga Tawa Diocesan School crew of Georgia Nugent-O'Leary and Jackie Gowler who were the quickest semifinal qualifiers by seven seconds.

Rangiora High School's Rosie McEwen was seven seconds faster than her rivals in the girls' under-17 single.

The boys' under-18 single field was led into the semifinals by Kavanagh College's Jack O'Leary.

Further contenders were found for the boys' under-18 eight with the completion of the repechages.

With the races over 1500m, Western Heights High School won their way through.

They join Christ's College, Napier Boys' High School, Christchurch Boys' High School, Hamilton Boys' High School, Westlake Boys' High School and St Bede's College who all qualified for Saturday's Maadi Cup decider in Tuesday's heats. In the women's premier eight repechage, Westlake Girls' won from Sacred Heart, Glendowie College and Epsom Girls' Grammar.

The Timaru Herald