All the boys’ eights were affected to some degree or another by flu which was disappointing having put countless hours on the water in preparation for the event. The J15A VIII showed the way by overcoming a late crew change to pick up bronze in their category. The J15B VIII came in 6th and weren’t far off a top three placing despite the disruption.
The J16A & B VIII were also subject to last minute alterations and did well to come in 7th and 4th respectively. While it will be little of consolation to the crews they should take pride in the progress they have made in recent months.
The 1st VIII had a day they would probably prefer to forget coming in 8th in Championships Eights. The crew did well to hold off the challenges of Eton and St Edward’s who closed up on them steadily over the first half of the course but couldn’t stave off the two quicker crews in the closing minutes. They were unfortunate to be given a time penalty for a blade clash in the final stretch that added to disappointing result for the crew. The crew will be hoping to put in a strong performance next weekend at the North of England Head to get back on track.
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The 2nd VIII produced a strong row, coming in 5th in 2nd VIII’s and inside the top twenty school crews in the country.
While the girls avoided illness the 2nd Quad had to face challenges of their own after a vehicle took the bows off their boat only hours before their race. Our thanks go to St Paul’s School who kindly stepped into the breach to provide them with an excellent boat for the race. With the girls’ programme making significant gains in recent months it was great to see the 1st Quad performing on a National Stage and coming in 7th out of 19 crews. The girls’ second boat raced extremely well to come in 15th.