A busy season culminated with five regattas over a two week period for Corowa rowers.
The first of the regattas was the School Sports Victoria Regatta held at Geelong on March 15.
Corowa High School students Jayden Collier, year 10 and Will Julian, year 9 competed in the singles and double sculls.
Will was up first winning his heat and leading all the way to claim the win in the final. Jayden started slowly in his heat before he settled to take the win. Jayden stepped it up in the final to take control of the race from the start to lead all the way to claim the win. Teaming up in the year 10 double the boys rowed the preliminary to advance to the final and in a close battle with Balwyn High the boys finished second.
Head of School Girls Regatta held in Geelong Friday 16th - Sunday 18th march.
Corowa Rowing Club members Paige Cooper, Galen Catholic College and Claire MacDonald, Albury High School competed in the Open single scull div 1,while Bella Heagney, Xavier High school year 7 student competed in the year 9 single scull.
Day one saw the heats of the singles with Claire up first needing to win to move straight into the semi-final. After a tight battle early the Buckley Park High sculler moved clear as Claire settled to finish strongly in second place and into the repechage. Paige has been in great form as she lined up and showed her hard work was paying off as she led all the way and a place into the semi-final. Bella was up next in the year 9 single with a heat featuring 4 scullers needing to win to go straight into the semis.
The field split into two as Bella moved into 2nd place challenging for the lead. Bella made her move putting pressure on the early leader as both scullers raced to the line Bella got her nose in front to win by .21 seconds and straight into the semis.
On day two Claire had an early start in the Open single repechage needing a top two finish to move into the semi-finals. The race began with the scullers lining up in ideal conditions as Claire go out to a clean start. As the race progressed Claire struggled with her steering as she made contact with the lane markers but to her credit worked hard done the full course and a place in the C final.
Bella lined up in the year 9 semi needing a top 2 finish to move into Sunday’s A final. The event favourite took an early lead as the race was on for the important 2nd place. Bella settled into her rhythm and in the final 300m made her move pulling back the gap but falling 1.5 seconds short at the line to earn a place in the B final. The final featured 4 scullers and in a close race down the course Bella had her best row for the regatta as the top 3 scullers were separated by less than a length and Bella finishing the regatta 7th out of 19 scullers a fantastic effort for a year 7 student. Paige was lining up in the Semi and as expected took the lead and controlled the race to win by 15 seconds and move into Sunday’s A final.
On Day thee the gale force winds predicted were present as the days racing and regatta were cancelled. Disappointing for the crews but that’s what happens in an outdoor sport with safety the number one concern. National Championships
The focus quickly shifted towards the National Championships in Sydney as Paige caught the plane from Avalon airport and Jayden ventured up the Hume with his Mum.
On day 1 Paige was up first in the Heat of the Under 19 single scull. With an international field featuring a representative from Argentina and Japan a great race was expected.
Paige’s plan was to get out and hold on for as long as possible. Following instructions Paige was holding second place at the 1000m mark before the internationals made their move to take the lead as Paige settled into fifth place knowing she was in Tuesday’s Repechage.
The afternoon’s racing saw the double sculls hit the water with Jayden and his rowing partner Zac from Essendon Rowing Club. The new combination started well and they were in contention at the 1000m mark but as the pace lifted the boys rowed strongly finishing fifth with a great time and into Tuesday’s repechage.
Paige was teaming with Louisa from Footscray and in the fastest heat the girls rowed a fantastic race to finish 5th and get another chance in the Repechage.
On day two Paige was in the Reps of the single in a class field needing a top two finish to move into the semi-finals. Rowing strongly Paige was well positioned as she worked hard down the course to finish strongly in third place with her fastest time for the regatta.
The afternoon’s racing featured Jayden and Paige in the Reps for their double sculls. Jayden and Zac had a simple plan keep in front for as long as possible. The boys followed instructions to lead all the way and win the rep and move into Wednesday’s Semi-finals.
Paige and Louisa were in a tough battle needing a top two finish to move on to the semis. The crew started well keeping pace with the field before the move was made by the Queenslanders holding the crew into third place with 500m to go. The pace lifted as Paige and Lou made their move, making contact with second place then pushing away to claim the important place in the semis.
On day three the doubles were up with Jayden and Zac keen to improve on Wednesday’s performance. The crew kept pace early and with another great row the boys just fell short in 5th place and a top 10 Australian ranking. Paige and Lou were up against a quality field and in a hard fought race finished seventh in the semi earning a top 14 ranking.
The quads were up after lunch with a top two finish in the heat to earn a place in Saturday’s finals .Jayden’s crew featuring Zac and Cale from Essendon, Lindsay Hamilton from Bairnsdale and Tim Laing from MelbUni were young and keen to race the bigger boat.
In an even start the boys settled and were in a strong position as the crews raced to the line finishing in 5th place. The young crew will improve and learn from the row as they move onto Thursday’s repechage. Paige and Lou teamed with Ruby from Footscray and Montana from Bundaberg. Also needing a top 2 finish the crew moved into second place at the half way mark and rowed a well-timed race to comfortably earn a spot in Saturday’s final.
Day four was one of our quietest days of competition with Jayden in the Rep of the quad and Paige in the heat of the school girl single.
Jayden’s crew needed a top two finish to move into Saturday’s final. The crew went out hard leading the five crew race. At the 1000m mark the field lifted and the challenge was put to the boys by the Queenslanders who made a push. The boys tried hard but spent a bit too much energy to finish third and ninth overall in the event .A great effort for a young crew first time competitors at the National Championships.
Paige was entered in the largest field for the regatta with 63 singles in the Open Schoolgirl single scull. Needing to win to move straight to the quarter finals she was up against a quality field. Getting another good start Paige settled well before the pace lifted with Paige finishing 4th and another chance in Friday’s Repechage.
On day five Paige lined up against four other scullers as three only moved into the quarter finals. Paige continued her great start to the race taking the lead and in a controlled race finished in 3rd place and a spot in Saturday’s quarter finals.
On day six ideal conditions greeted the crews for the finals of the quad sculls.
Paige’s crew were up against a quality field and would need their best row to claim a medal.
After an even start the move was made by the Queenslanders who got their nose in front after 500m.Paige’s crew were still in the race at the 1000m mark before the pace lifted for the run home. In a tight finish the crew gave their all finishing in fifth place.
Next up was Paige’s quarter final for the school girl singles, with her requiring a top four placing to move into the A-B semis.
The race was a great battle with the NSW State Champion taking the early lead with the race on for the final 3 places. With 500m to go the final sprint for the line Paige gave her all to miss out by .02 seconds but earn a place in the C-D semi.
The semi was a real race with little separating five crews with 500m to go. With Paige sitting in fifth place and sprinting to the line she made a last effort to surge to the lead in a new P.B time of 8.23 a great reward for her hard work.
On day seven Paige’s last race for the regatta was the C final placings from 17 - 24 out of a field of 63 scullers.
The race was evenly placed with a line across the field with 500m to go. Paige dug in and moved into second place and ranking 18th in Australia a fantastic effort and well deserved.