Women’s Sculling Shines at Peterborough Summer

An early rise was in store for the Women squad’s A Quad and Double last Saturday as they made their way to familiar water at Peterborough. First up was the double,  pairing of Ellie Bennewith (Bow) and Gemma White (Stroke) in their first heat of the day. As they set off the start line a battle commenced with a strong crew for Norwich. The girls kept hot on their heels, annihilating the field and crossing the line in 2nd place, with a huge difference of 25 seconds between the 3rd place crew. Despite a valiant effort, the girls had to race in repechage later that day to make the final.

Casting their first race aside, the girls were reunited with their crew mates for the quad of Becca Thompson (two) and Niamh Kelly (3) alongside supporters from the rest of the squad. With the boat rigged and race plans prepped, it seemed only fitting to pass the time with a squad picnic and perusal of the local vendors. As you can see the ladies found it hard to take their head out of the racing and enjoy the down time!

As the afternoon rolled around the quad took their position at the start of their heat. Despite having only rowed together just four times previously, they dominated the field cruising over the finish line in first place with clear water on their competitors. Despite the impressive display, the double couldn’t celebrate for too long, before they were whisked away to race their last chance to make the final.

With Bennewith back from uni for the summer, the crew also only had limited opportunities to train in their combination. However, their pedigree shone as they wiped the floor with the rest of the competition with clear water, securing a much deserved place in the final. A sterling effort a mere 30 minutes after competing in the quad’s heat, with finals in both events to look forward to. 

Back at it again, White and Bennewith found themselves at the start line once more for the final of the W.2 2x .Having raced not once, but three times previously that day they roared through keeping up with the Norwich crew they met in the heat and a strong Peterborough crew. They finished in third place, pleased with their performance.

Just 30 minutes later the double joined forces with Thompson and Kelly in the final of the Womens Tier 2 4x-. The girls set off for the final time of the day, creating a battle of red and blue (Nottingham RC) down the course for the coveted title of event winners.  At 500m the Nottingham crew made a push, with the Star Girls left to make a move or throw in the towel. Responding quickly the Star women pushed back and the battle continued throughout, unfortunately, the Star were unable to respond to the final push, finishing in an impressive 2nd place.

Exhausted after an incredible day of racing the girls beamed with pride. Co Captain Gemma White said

“I’m really pleased with our performances from the weekend – two finals against some good competition is a really good benchmark for the start of winter training! I can’t wait to see what else we can produce when the Head season starts; the squad is going from strength to strength and it really feels like we have a strong support network around us”

The foundations have been well and truly laid as the Women’s squad look to take their racing to the national platform in 2018. Co Captain Becca Thompson added

“When looking back at the year and where we’ve started, it’s a big deal for the women’s squad to see how far we’ve come. Not only am I proud of the recent Peterborough success but I’m also proud of what we have built as a whole. Whatever we do, we do as a team.”

Interested in joining our Women’s Squad next season? You’ll be met with friendly faces and a competitive training plan. Learn more here.

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