Severe headwinds delayed the majority of races today at day four of the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel.
The girl’s under 17 coxed quad sculls were the first crews out on the water with the first quarter final starting at 6pm after winds finally subsided. After an even battle to the 1000m mark, St Peter’s School (Cambridge) broke ahead and maintained their lead finishing in an impressive time of 7:44.03, 13 seconds ahead of second place Mt Aspiring College. With the first four crews progressing, Dunstan Arm College and Villa Maria College fought a tight battle for fourth place with Dunstan Arm College joining St Hilda’s Collegiate in the semi-final, less than a second ahead of Villa Maria College. Ashburton College also maintained an impressive lead in their quarter final finishing six seconds ahead of second place Maclean’s College. Nelson College for Girl’s and Whanganui High School also move forward to the semi-final, both making a comfortable first place in their respective quarter-finals.
The boy’s under 16 single sculls saw another striking performance from Evan Williams of Takapuna Grammar School, securing his spot in the semi-final and winning his quarter final by six seconds. St John’s College (Hamilton) also moves forward to the semi-final, joined by Wanganui Collegiate School and Whakatane High School after each narrowly won their respective quarter finals.
In the girl’s under 16 double sculls, Southland Girls’ High School’s Anna Rikiti and Shakira Mirfin showed incredible strength in tough conditions, crossing the line ten seconds ahead of second place Craighead Diocesan School. In similar style, Westlake Girls’ High School’s Devon Thorpe and Sylvia Leadley crossed the line eight seconds ahead of second place St Hilda’s Collegiate. Timaru Girls’ High School, Dunstan High School and Southland Girls’ High School also move forward to the semi-final.
Racing begins tomorrow from 8am with a full schedule of semi-finals and C & D finals, with all A & B finals scheduled for Saturday.
Full event schedules, entries and live results are available on rowit.nz