Scottish Rowing Championships 2016

GUBC made a great start to the weekend in the time-trials. Aaron Nicholson and Matthew Mole in the singles qualified 11th and 8th respectively, booking their places in the A/B semi-finals and putting them on track for their pursuit of Scotland team selection. Strong performances were also came from Jack Hatchman, Michael Guilbert and Stuart Mitchell, all finishing in the top half in a tightly matched field. The pair time trial followed not long after the single time trial, giving Aaron not much time to recover before racing with his pair partner Callum Sinclair. Both the pairs of Brennen Taylor & Johan Almgren and Aaron & Callum finished in the top 12, qualifying them for the A/B semi-finals.

All of the women’s pairs got off to a strong start on Friday night with 4 crews making it through to the A/B semi-finals and our junior pair progressing to the C/D semi-finals. In the semi-finals Claire Aitken and Rosanna Loy made it through to the A final while 3 other made the B final and the juniors progressed to D final.

In the men’s singles, the competition was fierce to make it into the A final. Matt made a good go at getting into the A final; he was in third position right down the course but was caught on the line after a furious final sprint from a Clydesdale Sculler. Aaron opted to paddle the second half of his semi after it became evident he wasn’t going to make the A final, saving energy for the B final. In the B final Matt pushed the eventual winner of the B final to the line to come 2nd and Aaron came 4th.

In an excellent performance, Claire and Rosanna took 2nd place in the A final behind an extremely strong crew. Flora Wharton and Robyn Gillies won the B final to finish 7th overall; Ellen Smith and Gráinne Maguire Conneely finished 9th; Charlotte Bawn and Katie Mackie finished 12th and Amy Fraser and Baraatt Boutaleb finished 21st.

The novice 4+ of Ella Gourlay, Jess Magee, Hebe Shedden and Izzy Warren took the win in a tight race where GUBC were pushed to the line by St. Andrews University, retaining the title for GUBC from last year. Similarly, Ellen Smith, Gráinne Maguire Conneely, Charlotte Bawn and Katie Mackie, coxed by Rachael Scott comfortably won intermediate coxed 4s on the Saturday. This was followed by a disappointing 2nd in the championship race on Sunday morning after being rowed through by Edinburgh in the last 500 metres.

In the afternoon, the men’s eight took to the water to fight it out against two high quality Edinburgh eights. The race was nip and tuck right down the course with Glasgow coming 3rd after being caught by the Edinburgh crews in the final stages of one of the best races of the day, where 3 seconds split the top 3 crews.

In the Intermediate men’s double, both crews cruised through their respective semi’-finals into the final where they met each other and fought right down the course, with Jack Hatchman & Michael Guilbert getting the better of Matt Mole and Calum MacLeod to finish 4th and 5th respectively.

Strong performances in the single brought in 5th and 9th place finishes for Emma McDonald and Flora Wharton respectively. Baraat Boutaleb finished 4th in the E final and Maggie Ulyatt took 2nd in the G final. After a winning her heat Izzy Warren unfortunately capsized in her final following a leading start.

The women’s intermediate eight came second after launching themselves from third into second. Emma McDonald, Flora Wharton, Rosanna Loy and Claire Aitken won the coxless 4 in a dominating performance led from the start. Rosanna Loy, Robyn Gillies, Katie Mackie and Claire Aitken did well to recover from and crab in the first 250 meters to finish 2nd place, a good result for a crew with little sculling experience.

Both of our men’s pairs came were in the same semi-final. Despite some steering issues, Johan & Brennen came fourth after pressuring the Heriot-Watt University crew right down the course. In the B final, Brennen and Johan with better steering, finished 4th.

In the intermediate men’s four raced hard from start to finish to win comfortably against some good crews while the Novice men’s four came second, pressuring a high quality Edinburgh crew, to gain the first medal this year for the novice men’s squad.

With most rowers heading to Henley Women’s Regatta and Marlow regatta next weekend, these performances set a good standard for the racing to come.

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