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The South African Schools Rowing Championships took place this past weekend on Roodeplaat Dam outside Pretoria. A squad of 50 rowers took part in three days of racing, all those boys concerned can be very proud of their efforts and the results achieved!

The regatta was preceded by a camp for all the crews. This time proved immensely valuable, especially for our U14 and U15 rowers who made great strides forward in their rowing with excellent conditions each day and quality time with their coaches on the water.

The three days of competition starting from Friday 1 March were held in scorching hot weather. Racing conditions, however, were excellent throughout making for highly enjoyable racing.

Some highlights of the weekends’ racing:

 

  • The U15A quad of Scott Moorcroft, Daniel Cotton, Julian Walsh, Jack Schmidt and Bradley Barrow fought their way into the final of what is arguably the most competitive event of the regatta with over 40 crews entered. In an incredibly close race, they finished 7th overall, in the process overcoming many crews who had previously beaten them during the season.

 

  • The Open age group fours events also yielded some success. The 1st coxless four of Ben Kroon, James MacRobert, Logan Smit and Richard Southern finished a close 4th, just missing out on a medal in a three-way fight for the line with SACS and St John’s.

 

  • The depth of the open age group was also shown with two crews qualifying for the final of the coxed four event, St Andrew’s College being the only school to achieve this across the Open fours events. In a thrilling final, the 1st coxed four of Liam Little, Daniel Zahn, Brendan Mouritzen, Jason Thomas and Courtney McKay took on the outright favourites, St Benedicts, and gave them their toughest test of the season, eventually finishing in 2nd place and claiming a silver medal.

 

  • Praise must also go to the U14 squad who raced very competitively, especially as one of their number, Khunga Mnqokoyi had only taken up an oar for the first time in the previous week! They raced with great heart and enthusiasm against some significantly more experienced crews and acquitted themselves very well.

 

  • There were a number of highlights at the culmination of the regatta on Sunday. The U15 squad again produced season’s best performances to row themselves into the final of the Octuples and achieve a 5th placed finish.

 

  • 3 Open eights also competed with the second eight making the final and placing 8th

 

  • In the final race of the Championships, the St Andrew’s College 1st eight rose to the occasion with a fantastic race to claim the bronze medal behind St Benedicts and Bishops, a great conclusion to the regatta for a crew who many of the competitors would have written off in the hunt for medals

 

Well done to all the boys on a great season!