The National Schools Regatta was held this year at Dorney Lake rather than its normal location in Nottingham. The event was spread over 3 days with a fourth day (Monday) added for a new event - The Junior Sculling Regatta - to cater for younger and smaller boats events now dropped from the main National Schools programme.
Maidenhead entered two WJ15 quads in the 1000m events for club first and second boats. Both boats performed well in the time trial, qualifying well for the semi-finals. Both semi-finals also went well and both boats qualified for their respective 'A' finals. In the final of the first boats event, the Maidenhead quad of Lola, Harris, Beth Sinnott, Immie Harding and Millie Holgate, coxed by Olivia O'Mahony won a bronze medal after a closely fought race, finishing just behind Trafford RC and Henley RC. In the second boats final, the quad of Georgia Howell, Izzie Bird, Alexandra Hollis and Beth Anderson, coxed by Polly Bennett also performed well but they were disappointed to miss out on a medal, finishing in fourth place.
Races were over 2000m on Saturday and Sunday.
The boys 'first' quad (Victor Kleshnev, Edoardo Marshall, Elliott Kemp and Harrison Rowe) got a fabulous 3rd place in Championship (J18) coxless quad time trials and proceeded via the semis to the A final of the regatta where boys finished 5th – a great result for a J16 crew competing in a J18 event. The 'second' crew (Jordan Felstead, Ethan Walters, Daniel Somerville and Charlie Collins) was 2nd in the D Final and were the fourth fastest club/school 'second' quad. Sean O’Mahony raced in a Championships single event and came 2nd in the C Final.
The girls' J15 coxed four of Immie Harding, Izzie Bird, Olivia Webster and Beth Anderson, coxed by Olivia O'Mahony, qualified for the 'A' final from their semi-final and finished 5th in the final in only their second ever event in this boat.
In the Championship (Junior 18) doubles event Victor Kleshnev and Edoardo Marshall (both 16) managed again to get to the A Final and took 6th place out of 64 of the strongest doubles in the country. Two other doubles also competed well in minor finals.
Eliza Bennett and Naomi Ross-Masson racing one and two years above their respective age group put in a valiant performance to reach and then win the D Final of the WJ18 double sculls.
Abbie Bird qualified for the 'A' final of the WJ17 single sculls where, after a very strong start, she placed 4th in the A final.
The smaller and younger boats got their chance in the new Junior Sculling Regatta over 1500m on Monday. The format for this event differed in that the first six boats in the time trial went directly to the 'A' final, the next six to the 'B' final and so on but medals were still awarded for club first and second boats, depending on overall position.
The Sculling Regatta brought the boys a handful of medals: Victor Kleshnev won the J16 singles with a commanding performance. Edoardo Marshall and Elliott Kemp won Silver in the J16 double, and Harrison Rowe, Sergio Collet, Lewis Downie and Daniel Somerville raced to a fine bronze in the J16 quad event.
Maidenhead entered three WJ15 double sculls in the 35-boat time trial. Remarkably, all three qualified for the six boat 'A' final, meaning that half the boats in the final were from Maidenhead. In the final, the double of Lola Harris and Beth Sinnott gradually pulled away from the field to win by over two lengths, securing a fine gold medal. The crew of Immie Harding and Millie Holgate battled with a crew from Aberdeen Schools before finishing third overall, but as the fastest 'second' boat they also won a gold medal. The crew of Izzie Bird and Georgia Howell were well up with the leaders for most of their race but encountered rough water on their side of the course towards the finish and finished sixth, nevertheless securing a silver medal as the second fastest 'second' boat.
The WJ14 coxed quad of Alexandra Hollis, Polly Bennett, Jess Stavropulous and Lizzie Sneller, coxed by Toby Goodhew also qualified directly for the A final but a crab in rough water in the final 500m put an end to their medal hopes and they finished in sixth place.
Lightweight Rosie Harris kept up the pace to qualify for the 'A' final where she came 6th in the WJ16 single sculls against several GB trialists.
Some of our medallists: