Settled wind and light rain set the scene at the third day of racing at the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup. Repechages made for sensational watching as crews competed at their last opportunity to make it through to qualifying races, with many events only progressing first place.
The boy’s under 18 four proved to be a cut throat race with St Bede’s College and Hamilton Boys’ High School winning their respective repechages and securing the last two spots in the A final. Hamilton Boys’ High School fought their way to the finish with Tauranga Boys’ College only two seconds behind.
The girl’s under 16 single sculls saw another fierce battle with only the first of each repechage making it through to the quarter final. Maddie Marshall of Nayland College clocked an impressive time of 9:06.37, well ahead of second place. Aquinas College and Macleans College also move forward to the quarter final.
The boy’s under 15 double sculls saw a strong performance from Lindisfarne College’s Henry Windhager and Jasper Wallace, cementing their spot in the semi-final by finishing their race well ahead of all other repechage winners’ times. New Plymouth Boys’ High School and St Bedes College also move forward to the semi-final tomorrow.
Fourteen crews across two repechages contested the last six lanes in the A final for the girl’s under 16 coxed eight. An even split between north and south saw Christchurch Girls’ High School, St Margaret’s College, Columba College, Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland), Westlake Girls’ High School and Wellington Girls’ College move into Saturday’s final, with all other crews eliminated.
The boy’s under 18 pair which is one of the pennant events saw a great display of sweep oar racing with Auckland Grammar School clocking 7:32.75 in their repechage to progress to the semi-final. Joining them is Whanganui High School and John McGlashan College who also won their respective repechages. n the girl’s under 18 pair the progression took the top three crews straight into the A final which will be raced on Friday. Taking those spots in the first repechage was Onslow College, Craighead Diocesan School and Villa Maria College, with Baradene College, St Margaret’s College and Marian College progressing from the second repechage.
Repechages for the girl’s under 17 double sculls made for excellent watching with Bayfield High School, who are attending their first Aon Maadi Cup, securing a spot in the quarter final with Marlborough Girls’ College missing out by only a second. Joining Bayfield High School are Queen Margaret’s College who fought off persistent advances by Onewhero Area School to also win their repechage by one second. Dunstan High School moves forward to the quarter final comfortably winning the event’s last repechage.
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, St Paul’s College and Craighead Diocesan School all lead the way to win their respective repechages and progress through to the semi-finals of the girl’s under 17 coxed four.
Racing continues tomorrow with the end of quarter finals, and semi-finals.
Full event schedule, entries and live results will be available on rowit.nz