Outstanding performance at Castle Semple Regatta - Saturday 1st June

posted by Roy Sinclair - 27 Jun 2013, 8:26 a.m.

Castle Semple Regatta on June 1st produced the best Inverness RC performances of the season. Three crews won gold, six crews took second places, and another three came third and two were fourth out of six.

The junior 15 girls' quad (Hannah Campbell, Holly Barnard, Shona Gilmour, Maya Doughty and Meghan Hunter) set the tone with an exciting 2nd place in their heat, later followed by an even more dramatic 2nd place finish in the seven crew final. The junior 14 boys' double (Abel Ellis and Euan Trommino) held their own with a strong 3rd place out of six crews, and the J13 girls' double (Ishana Graham and Bronya Johnson) also came in close third behind St Andrew BC and well ahead of Nithsdale RC.

Joseph Wright and Angus Thomson were clear winners in the O J13 2X and Joseph repeated his win over two scullers from Castle Semple and St Andrew BC.

Racing in their age group for the first time, the J16 junior girls (Indigo Philip-McDade, Rachael and Bethany Irvine, Ellie Kenton and Meghan Hunter) pulled off an excellent second place behind a very experienced George Watson BC crew, lengths ahead of two Stirling BC crews. Indigo and Ellie followed this performance with an impressive 3rd place out of six novice doubles, narrowly missing qualification for the final.

Not to be outdone by their team mates, the junior boys quad gave George Watsons College a real run for their money, finishing a close second, well up on St Andrew BC.

In the veteran women's single, Mary Clouston led all the way over Castle Semple Parker, for a wonderful gold medal. Joined by Sally Moore, Sasha Angus, Rosie Arthur and cox Pippa Blackwood, the veteran women's quad pulled off an impressive 3rd place in the six boat Novice quad final.

One of the best performances of the day came from the junior girls' eight, which was racing in R2 category due to no Novice Eight event on offer. Their Aberdeen BC opposition was significantly more experienced, and expectation was therefore not very high. To everyone's surprise, the juniors remained level for the first 250m, then ABC pulled away to a one and a half length lead - then, approaching the last 250, the IRC crew picked up the pace, and proceeded to close the gap steadily - achieving a quarter length overlap on a rather astonished Aberdeen crew!

Last but not least were the J14 girls racing their first quad race. Following an excellent start where they held 2nd for a good 300m, Ishana Graham, Bronya Johnson, Grace Philpot, Rhiannon Hopcroft and Meghan Hunter maintained their timing and technique to claim fourth behind SPRC, ASRA and GWC, well ahead of GRC and CSRC.

Castle Semple Regatta Results
1st Open J12 1X Joseph Wright
1st Open J13 2X Joseph Wright, Angus Thomson
1st W Vet 1X Mary Clouston
2nd W J15 4X+ Hannah Campbell, Holly Barnard, Shona Gilmour, Maya Doughty, Meghan Hunter (cox)
2nd Open J14 4X+ Angus Thomson, Abel Ellis, Joseph Wright, Euan Trommino, Meghan Hunter (cox)
2nd W J16 4X+ Indigo Philip-McDade, Rachael & Bethany Irvine, Ellie Kenton, Meghan Hunter (cox)
2nd W J13 2X Bronya Johnson, Ishana Graham
2nd Open J13 2X Rhiannon Hopcroft, Ishana Graham
2nd W R2 8+ H Barnard, S Gilmour, H Campbell, R Irvine, M Doughty, B Irvine, I McDade, B Johnson S Hunter (cox)
3rd Open J14 2X Abel Ellis, Euan Trommino
3rd W Nov 2X Indigo Philip-McDade, Ellie Kenton
3rd W R2 4X+ Sally Moore, Sasha Angus, Rosie Arthur, Mary Clouston, Pippa Blackwood, (cox)
4th W Nov 4X+ Sally Moore, Sasha Angus, Rosie Arthur, Mary Clouston, Pippa Blackwood, (cox)
4th W J14 4X+ Ishana Graham, Bronya Johnson, Grace Philpot, Rhiannon
6th W Nov 2X Sasha Angus, Rosie Arthur

Report by Susanne Standish-Hunter

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