Article courtesy of Rowing Australia.
Australia will defend their race record in the Grand Challenge Cup and the Remenham Challenge Cups tomorrow, as both Men’s and Women’s Eights fielded by the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre and Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre won their Semi-Finals in the Henley Royal Regatta today.
Stroke of the Men’s Eight, Rohan Lavery, talked of his first experience racing down the 2,112m course. “It’s pretty wild out there with the crowd – it’s way louder than anything I’ve ever rowed in before. Going side-by-side with another crew is also very different from six lanes across. Pretty awesome though.”
Stroke of the Women’s Eight, Kat Werry, said their race today was better than yesterday’s. “We wanted to come out really hard and transition well through the middle. We still have some room to improve, so hopefully tomorrow we execute the perfect race plan.”
David Bartholot put in a phenomenal effort to win against Danish Sculler Bastian Secher, becoming the first Diamonds Scull Australian Finalist since Duncan Free OAM won the event in 2001. Bartholot said that confidence and rowing long were the key to his success today.
Rowing Australia went through to the Final of The Princess Grace Challenge Cup this morning in tricky headwind conditions. The Australian crew of Kate Rowan, Harriet Hudson, Rowena Meredith, and Tara Rigney put pressure on the American quad throughout the race; the Aussies capitalised on a blade-work mishap from their opposition, pulling away to a convincing lead and winning by two lengths.
Rowing Australia’s crew of Jean Mitchell and Georgie Gleeson were against Olympic Champions, Australian Jess Morrison OAM and American Meghan Musnicki, in the Semi-Final of The Hambledon Pairs Challenge Cup. Experience won out, with the California Rowing Club crew Morrison and Musnicki managing the conditions more effectively and progressing through to the Final.
Jack Cleary and Caleb Antill will race the British double in the Final of The Double Sculls Challenge Cup tomorrow, having beaten the French/Dutch combination of Turlan and Rustenburg today. Antill said that the duo will take today’s success and look to execute a similar result tomorrow.
“It will be pretty similar to today – stick to the plan. As Lyall [McCarthy] says, ‘control the race’. We’re quite a powerful crew, so we’re keen to get out in front and stay there. We won’t be looking too much at the other crew; we’ll stick to the things we know work and keep working on it. We’re looking forward to it.”
Anneka Reardon and Lucy Coleman delighted the crowds with their dominant performance in The Stonor Challenge Trophy for the Open Women’s Double Sculls. The lightweight duo pulled away from the Ukranian/Polish combination early out of the start and continued to pull away to win “easily” over their opponents. The key to their success, they said, was staying relaxed.
Australian National Champions in the Schoolgirl Coxed Eights for 2022 furthered their successful year, qualifying for the Final in a cracking race against home crew Surbiton High School for The Prince Phillip Challenge Trophy. They will challenge the Winter Park Crew from America for the trophy tomorrow.
Australia will field athletes in nine crews in the finals tomorrow, including the Men’s Four in The Stewards Challenge Cup, a straight final between Rowing Australia and the British Four – the first time the two have battled since their showdown in Tokyo last year.