The Sydney University Boat Club Team dominated the annual University Rowing Championships in finals held today at Wyaralong Dam near Beaudesert in Queensland. These championships were held as part of titles in 47 sports held on or around the Gold Coast during this week.
The team entered 15 of the 16 events winning 7 Gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronze with other events bringing a 4th and a 7th place.
Highlight performances included retaining the Oxford and Cambridge Cup for the men’s eights while the women’s pair of Dyone Bettega and Jaime Ford impressed with a strong win over Melbourne in their event.
Marcus Britt and Will O’Shannessy had a tough race against Lavery and Holt from UTS in the men’s pair. The race was neck and neck all the way till the last few hundred metres when the Sydney pair gained a narrow lead to win by just under 2 seconds in the smart time of 6 42.9.. Britt and O’Shannessy also mined gold in the men’s four and eight.
Wallis Russell – rowing in the heavyweight single impressed with a bronze and was part of the SUBC women’s eight who grabbed silver behind Melbourne Uni.
On the previous day our teams won gold in the Mixed eights and silver in the Mixed four.
More gold medals come to the women’s lightweight quad stroked by Tara Rigney, the lightweight men’s single featuring Leon Chambers.
Silver medals came from the Mixed Four, the men’s double of Morgan Brooking and Devlin Walsh and the women’s eight stroked by women’s captain Dyone Bettega.
Bronze was won in the women’s heavyweight single as mentioned above, the women’s four and Lizzie Treloar in the women’s lightweight single.
Sydney University won both the men’s and women’s pennants and overall rowing champions at the 2018 University Championships.
Thanks to our coaches who took the team to this event, Don McLachlan, Chris Holliday and Jack Hanley.
Congratulations SUBC Team.