Christs’ College, St. Margaret’s College and Christchurch Boy’s High School were the big winners at the South Island Secondary Schools rowing regatta at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend, which brings the curtain down on the school rowing season after the recent cancellation of Maadi Cup.
St. Margaret’s College defended their South Island U18 eight title with a strong performance, finishing three seconds ahead of Christchurch Girls High School, with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in third.
In the boys U18 eight, Christ’s College were too strong for Christchurch Boys High School, finishing just under two seconds ahead of the Maadi Cup defending champions.
Christchurch Boys claimed gold in the U18 four, just ahead of St. Andrew’s College, and then claimed a one-two finish in the coxless pair with Scott Shackleton and Liam Behrnes taking the honours. Scott Schackleton also claimed the U18 single sculls title.
Boys High would also claim the Points Bell for Champion School of the regatta for the third consecutive year. Timaru Boys pipped Rangi Ruru for second, as they claimed gold in the U15 double and quad sculls.
Girls High turned the tables on St. Margaret’s in the U18 four to claim gold, while Tessa Reid and Samantha Vance won a thrilling U18 coxless pair final, with the margin just over half a second.
Christ’s College and Christchurch Girls were dominant in the U17 category, winning both the U17 eight and U17 four.
Craighead weren’t to miss out on the fun, claiming gold in the U18 quad, along with gold in the U18 novice double sculls, and Alexandra Wilson claiming the U16 single schools.
The 12 pennant events (those with unrestricted entry) were shared between seven different schools. Boys High almost did a clean sweep of the boys’ events, missing out on the U18 eight. The girls events were spread more evenly, with Southland Girls winning two, with St. Margaret’s, Girls High, Rangi Ruru and Craighead all winning one.
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