Oamaru rowers gunning for finals

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Fine weather at Lake Ruataniwha allowed for another competitive day of racing at the New Zealand Rowing Championships in Twizel yesterday.

A contingent of Oamaru rowers booked semi-final places on Tuesday with impressive displays but yesterday’s repechage races offered a second chance for those who narrowly missed out.

Competition rules state that first and second places progress to finals while the remainder of the rowers are left to race for the last four final or semi-final berths.

Yesterday morning saw the novice men’s coxed quad of Riku Koyama, Oscar Pedersen, Jared Brensell, Gus Harper and cox Jessica Mulligan win their repechage semi-final heat to head directly to the A final as fastest qualifiers by an impressive six seconds.

The same crew, with Hamish Gough replacing Oscar Pedersen, then competed in the repechage of the men’s novice four, winning handsomely to qualify for a second A final.

The dynamic duo of Koyama and Harper then teamed up to win the repechage of the men’s novice double, while Charlie Wallace also advanced to his semi-final in the highly competitive under-17 singles category.

Oamaru Rowing Club captain Peter Scott said the local rowers are confident and focused.

“The whole squad is very focused now and believe they can take home some titles, so I really hope they do because they have done the work,” he said.