Eleven rowers from Waitaki Boys’ High School and St Kevin’s College are performing well at the Maadi Cup at Lake Karapiro in Waikato.
Racing in near-perfect conditions, Waitaki Boys’ Mark Taylor placed third in the boys’ under-17 single sculls heat to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Fellow Waitaki Boys’ pupils Jared Brenssell and Oscar Pederson finished in fourth place in the boys’ under-18 novice double sculls but took second in the repechage to earn direct entry into the semifinal of their novice double event.
Taylor then teamed up with James Scott to take first place in the boys’ under-16 double sculls heat. The duo were 12 seconds quicker than second-placed Ben Morris and Alexander Timmings, of John McGlashan College.
Taylor recorded a first place finish in the boys’ under-16 single sculls heat six yesterday, posting a time of 7min 51sec over the 2km stretch, his time was 11sec quicker than Wellington College’s Lucas Toovey, in second place.
The WBHS novice boys’ quad of Riku Koyama, Jared Brenssell, Gus Harper, Hamish Gough and Jack Smith (coxswain) showed plenty of grit to force their way into a semifinal with an impressive repechage second placing.
St Kevin’s College’s Georgia Dyson and Molly Kay placed third in heat seven of the girls’ under-16 double sculls. The Oamaru pair were narrowly edged out by winners Ashburton College and second-placed Pukekohe High School.
Reuben Mihaere was in fine form in heat two of the boys’ under 16 single sculls, taking third place to qualify for the quarterfinals. Cambridge High School’s Sam Monkley placed first, and Mason Porteous, of Francis Douglas Memorial College, was second.
Oamaru Rowing Club captain Peter Scott said he was pleased with the rowers’ determination and effort.
“I’m thrilled with the effort and pride the rowers are putting in. After two full days, all the rowers are alive and doing their best to make the A or B finals,” he said.
The regatta will conclude on Sunday.
By James Ford
PHOTO: STEVE MCARTHUR – Waitaki Boys’ High School’s Mark Taylor has performed well at the Maadi Cup.