Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Schools' Head of the River Race - Championship Girls Eights

Wednesday 21 March 2012

With just a two week period to learn from the Womens' Head, the crew made their way back to the Tideway to pitch themselves against the best schoolgirl crews in the country.

The race went to plan. The familiarity of the course still fresh in their minds, the crew ably adapted their race plan in order to establish their rythmn early. By its very nature the event was going to be tough. After all, they have been rowing for no more than 6 months, with only two VIII's races under their belts. The Category? - The Championship Girls 8+, the Girls' equivalent of the 1st VIII event.

The results speak for themselves: 12th/16, beating St Peter's School, St Mary's, Cheltenham Ladies' College and Emanuel, all established rowing schools. Their finish time of 21:13 was over 3 minutes quicker than a fortnight ago.

The most significant result suggests there is yet more to come from this talented group of girls. In just two weeks the RSSBC Girls Crew closed in on the top two schools, Lady Eleanor Holles and Headington by 34s and 1:28s respectively. The crew of Amy Steventon, Amy Stockdale, Libby Wood, Bridget Lapage, Katie Williams, Rainbow Satchatippavarn, Eliza Hodgson, Georgia Bustin and Liv Levy should be proud of this achievement.

This marks a significant end to the Head season in which the squad have worked tremendously hard and made huge progress. They now turn their attention to summer regatta racing after a well earned Easter Break.


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