Last weekend saw the St Andrew’s College Rowing Club compete at the 130th Buffalo Regatta and 58th Selborne Sprints. It was an exceptional weekend for the St Andrew’s College rowers who dominated throughout all events. A feature of the weekend was the Club being able to qualify two boats for the finals in many events.
The U15 squad took top honours. The single scull saw Jason Thomas, Brendan Mouritzen and Richard Southern all progress to the A Final, placing 1st, 2nd and 5th respectively. St Andrew’s College qualified two Double Sculls to the A Final with Mouritzen/Thomas taking gold and Southern/Zahn silver. The A and B Quads both made the final, with the A crew taking gold and the B crew ending 5th. Unfortunately due to the stormy weather on Saturday afternoon the Final for the U15 Octuple could not be rowed. Again two College crews had qualified.
Similar results were seen in the Selborne Sprints, an event held over 500m, with Thomas and Mouritzen claiming gold and silver in the Sculls, and these two boys again taking gold in the Double. The A Quad took gold and B Quad 5th, whilst the A Octuple won easily with the B Octuple placing 5th in the Final.
The U16s, had a pleasing regatta, despite being plagued by illness. The U16 Pairs had a good race, just missing qualification for the A final. The A Four made the A final to take 5th place. The Selborne Sprints event saw the A Four claiming 5th again, whilst they did really well to claim the bronze in the A Eight event.
The Open Squad had a very successful regatta. The Buffalo Regatta saw a close second in many of the Fours racing. Dane Van Duren and Mitch De Kock claimed 4th place in the 1st Pairs, Whilst Geir Wilson and Jake England came 4th in the 2nd Pairs event. The St Andrews College 2nd Eight won by a length to claim gold in their event. The 1st Eight progressed easily through the heats with the fastest time, but due to the stormy weather the Final was unable to be rowed and the St Andrew’s 1st Eight were awarded the gold and the Axel Ohlsson Memorial Trophy due to their having the fastest time.
In the Selborne Sprints on the Friday, the 1st Pairs event saw Torr and Holmes taking gold, with Thomas and Warneke claiming 5th. The 1st and 2nd coxed Four and 1st coxless Fours all claimed silver, whilst in both the 1st and 2nd Eights St Andrew’s College claimed gold.
St Andrew’s finished top of the points and took the Selborne Shield on the Friday and won the overall points trophy for schools at the Buffalo Regatta as well. This concluded a very successful weekend of racing for the Club.