Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Full report on the tremendous success for the J14s at National Schools' Regatta 2012

Sunday 3 June 2012

J14A's the National Champions - winning the Cherwell Cup (again). Both the  J14B 4+ and the J14B 8+ made it to the semi-finals in their categories too.

Two octuples and a quad from the J14 squad travelled to Holme Pierrepont near Nottingham for the first day of the National Schools’ Regatta.

The quad was racing in the B catagory (our C crew for the day, and nominally our E quad), they performed above and beyond expectations. Racing first in a time time trial of 18 crews for 12 places in the semi-finals, the crew put together a sparkling performance, finishing with the 6th fastest time. This is the first time since 2007 that our C crew has made it to this stage, a superb achievement. The top 3 crews from each semi-final would proceed to the final, and although our boys raced with real grit and determination, racing in the faster semi-final they finished in a creditable 5th place, only 0.05 seconds slower than 3rd place in the other semi.

Huge congratulations to the crew, they have great potential for the future. Many thanks and congratulations too, to their coach Mr Huw Peach.

J14B 4x+: George Young (O), Tom Marques (Rt), Charlie Rassmuss (I), Mischa Manser (Rb) and cox Ed Jones (M) .

Our B octuple qualified for the semi-finals. Drawing an outside lane, they were racing well until a crab, and a subsequent broken blade, cost them the chance of a place in the final. It was unfortunate, but all too common at J14 level. They enjoyed their 6 lane racing experience and the atmosphere of a major regatta. Hopefully they will want to come back for more next year! Many thanks to their coach Mr Steve Fox.

J14B 8x+: George Whitehead (Rb), James Walker (Rt), Douglas Major (S), Alex Brinkley (PH), Hector Kaye (Rb), Alfie Mitchell (SH), Tom Sykes (PH), Jake Carter (R) and cox Ed Chamberlain (Ch)

The A crew had found speed week by week in the run up to the regatta, and hopes were high of contending for a medal. They raced the time trial in a composed and controlled fashion - when the final results were published they were 10th out of the 18 qualifiers. The crew were placed in the 2nd of 3 semi-finals alongside Abingdon, Radley, Westminster, Latymer and London Oratory. Racing with real maturity the crew pulled out to a one length lead which they extended to clear water by the finish line.

In the final they were placed between the winners of the other two semis, Great Marlow School (alma mater of Sir Steve Redgrave) and perennial rivals (and Sculling Head winners) King’s Chester. Aside from the Grange dropping back, at 250m there was little to choose between the other 5 crews; by 500m Shrewsbury had pulled out to a narrow lead over King’s Chester. As the race progressed Shrewsbury were able to extend their lead, and leave 3 crews battling for silver and bronze. Shrewsbury won by just over one second (2nd to 4th were separated by 0.27 seconds). A gold medal, the right to call themselves National Champions, and Shrewsbury’s second Cherwell Cup in 3 three years.

J14A 8x+: Paddy George (M), Henry Thomas (Ch), Alfie Grocott (PH), Stamos Fearnall (I), Alex Matthews (PH), Wilf Deacon (Rt), Joe Davies (M), Harry Lane Fox (Rt) and cox Guy Cabral (Ch).

A truly outstanding squad performance, and one that indicates a potential for great things in years to come for this group of young Salopians.

RMW

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