South African Schools Rowing Championships - St Andrew's College

South African Schools Rowing Championships

Hockey Season 2022 Starts
March 11, 2022
Academic Extension sessions at College
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Hockey Season 2022 Starts
March 11, 2022
Academic Extension sessions at College
March 15, 2022

South African Schools Rowing Championships

This weekend saw the rowing club’s season culminating at the South African Schools Rowing Championships. Dueto the hyacinth infestation at Roodeplaat dam, this year’s competition was moved to Victoria Lake in Johannesburg, which meant the senior events were competed over 1000m instead of the usual 2000m. This resulted in some incredibly close racing with qualifying positions and, thereafter, medal positions being separated by some fractions of a second.

On Friday, Max Estcourt did well to progress through a round of heats and semi-finals to finish 7th in the final of the U16 single scull. The U16 pair of Joseph Kroon and Connor Moorcroft found themselves in an incredibly competitive race, finishing 4th in a final that saw 1.5 seconds separate the top 4 boats, whilst the pair of Aiden Wood and James Stapylton-Smith did well to also qualify for the final and finish 7th. The U19 first pair of Matthew Powell and Scott Moorcroft put in a huge effort to take home the bronze medal.

On Saturday, the U14 octuple took the bronze medal, the first time a College U14 oct has won a medal since 2016. The U16 eight and U19 coxed and coxless fours all put in great efforts to each take home the bronze medal in their respective events.

On Sunday, three U16 fours took to the course, one in the coxless four and two in the coxed four. The coxless four took home the silver medal, whilst the coxed four won bronze and the second coxed four also doing well to qualify for the final and finish 6th. Finally, the U19 first eight came up against some stiff competition and despite their best efforts, finished 6th in the final race of the day. All in all, it was a great weekend for the St Andrew’s rowing club, taking home 7 medals out of 14 entered events.