National Schools Regatta


By Sarah Watson

11 Peterborough crews competed at the National Schools Regatta at the weekend, one of them took home a medal. The competition took place on the famous Olympic Dorney lake, where junior crews raced over 1000 metres on the Friday, and 2000 metres on the Saturday and Sunday.

On the Friday the crews did exceptionally well over the 1000 metre course, with the J15 girls quad of Jaasmin Chesher, Emma Dennis, Evelina Xanthropoulou, Anouk Bosma and cox Hannah Fitzjohn placing 3rd in the B final.

The J14 boys quad of Roland Christopher, Billy Hynes, Lewis Barbour, Leo Esposito and cox Erin Ansell-Crook also did well to place 3rd in the C final.

Over the 2000 metre course, Ella Darrington took home a medal after placing third in the Girls Championship singles event. In the time trial she placed 4th out of the 49 entries, 2 seconds behind a sculler from Ireland in 2nd position. In the final she did exceedingly well to place third with a time of 8:33,  4 seconds ahead of the same Irish sculler in fourth place.

Club mate Alice Dovey also competed in the Girls Championship singles event and did well to place 6th in the C final.

There were 2 other Peterborough crews that did exceedingly well to qualify for an A final. Emma Calver and Devonne Piccaver competed in the Womens Championship doubles event, placing 6th in the time trials out of 34 crews, then they went on to place 5th overall in the A final, 2 seconds ahead of a Tideway scullers crew in 6th.

Bert Papworth and Matt Hand placed 7th in the time trials then went on to finish 6th overall in the A final, in the Championship doubles category.

A few crews did well to place in the C finals at the weekend: Sergio Read Moreira Lima and Oliver Barber placed first (Open J16 double); Olivia Agyapong, Emilia Bramwell, Esme Gilbert and Kaia Campo placed 5th (Womens J16 coxless quad) and Erin Ansell-Crook, Wiktoria Szubzda, Sophie Bicknell, Lottie Tasker placed 6th (Girls Championship coxless quad).