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Strong Performances by SUBC Athletes at the 2018 National Titles

A team of fifty nine SUBC rowers and five coaches helped lead New South Wales clubs and our Interstate Team to some dominant performances at the 2018 Sydney International Regatta.

At the conclusion of the regatta the Boat Club narrowly led Sydney Rowing Club in the medals table by just one quarter of gold and one quarter of a bronze medal. Toowong of Brisbane and Mercantile of Melbourne were third and fourth.

Rank Club/School State Gold Silver Bronze Total Medal

1 Sydney University NSW 10.25 8.25 7.5 26.0

2 Sydney Rowing Club NSW 10.0 8.25 7.25 25.5

3 Toowong Qld 5.75 7.5 1.125 14.125

4. Mercantile Vic 5.0 3.875 8.5 17.375

Some of the outstanding gold medal results came in the U23 pair of Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien who then teamed with the gold medal U21 pair of Marcus Britt and Will O’Shannessy to win the U23 four and then with a number of our scullers to win the U23 men’s eight.

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Our U23 women’s pair of Dyone Bettega and Lauren Fornasaro won gold in the U23 four with rowers from WA Rowing club, having earlier won silver in the U23 pair.

Our scullers also got amongst gold with Wallis Russell winning the U23 women’s lightweight single in a tight race and then picking up further golds in the U23 lightweight double and quad.

Leon Chambers also won two golds in lightweight sculling – first in the single, then in the double with UTS’s Matt Curtin.

Among our NTC athletes Georgia Miansarow won two golds – in the open women’s lightweight quad and the open heavyweight quad.

One of the most exciting races in the regatta was Fiona Ewing of SUBC and Olympia Aldersley of Adelaide Rowing Club holding off the much bigger crew of Goodman and Edmunds to get to the line first by a tiny margin only to be relegated after their boat came in 100 gms underweight – a heartbreaking and expensive lesson.

Rio Olympic silver medalist Sasha Belonogoff picked up gold in the men’s open quad on his first return to nationals since 2016.

Kieran Riach also claimed gold in the U19 quad scull, the composite crew found form late in the race, holding off a strong charge from the Mosman crew.

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Finally our development U21 women’s eight won the Club women’s eight to round out the club’s gold medals. The crew of Michaela Franz, Sarah Parsons, Jaime Ford, Raquel Cuevas, Jess Robinson, Amelia Johnson, Rachel Balcomb, Ella Mentzines and Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples finished 10 seconds ahead of Sydney Rowing Club with Uni of Queensland in third,

Athletes taking silver medals also put in some outstanding performances. 2017 World Champion in the men’s four, Jack Hargreaves had a great exhibition of sculling to finish second in the men’s heavyweight scull. In the women’s event, Gen Horton took silver behind Maddie Edmunds while in the open men’s double Campbell Watts teamed up with Hamish Playfair to take silver.

Other silver medals were won in an excellent row by the opne men’s pair of “brotherly love” Alex and Nick Purnell. The U23 pair of Bettega and Fornasaro picked up a silver in a composite women’s eight and another silver in the full SUBC U23 women’s eight of Jaime Ford, Jess Robinson, Amelia Johnson, Raquel Cuevas, Lauren Fornasaro, Ella Mentzines, Rachel Balcomb, Dyone Bettega, Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples.

More silver medals came from Rachel Balcomb and Ella Mentzines in the U19 women’s four, Matthew Murray in the U21 single and from Jaime Ford and Raquel Cuevas in the U21 women’s pair.

Bronze medalists were Rowena Meredith in the open women’s single, Georgia Gotch in the open women’s pair. Alex and Nick Purnell grabbed bronze in the open men’s double. Other bronze medal winners were Georgia Miansarow, Leon Chambers, Lizzie Treloar, Michaela Franz (2), Sarah Parsons, Jaime Ford, Raquel Cuevas, Amelia Johnson, Jess Robinson, Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples and Kieran Riach.

Having secured a narrow in the medals table Sydney Uni rowers and coaches then set about contributing to the strong New South Wales performance in the Interstate Regatta. About half the athletes in the NSW team were from SUBC.

Georgia Miansarow grabbed gold for NSW in the state’s first win in the women’s lightweight quad and then Leon Chambers was part of the NSW men’s lightweight four that demolished the field winning gold by over 12 seconds. This was the first NSW win in the Penrith Cup since 1998 when three SUBC rowers (Wiseman, Hedley and Major and Coach HP Madritsch) were in the winning crew.

Cam Girdlestone grabbed a bronze in a tightly fought President’s Cup Sculls behind Alex Hill and Dave Watts.

The men’s Youth Eight streeted the field to record News South Wales‘s another win in this event. Six SUBC athletes were in this crew.

In the open eights New South Wales finished with silver in the women’s eight while the men’s King’s Cup crew pulled away from Victoria in the second 500 ( after suffering and earlier crab on stroke side) to win their second King’s Cup in a row and the ninth win in eleven years.

SUBC Coaches Don McLachlan, Dustyn Butler, Alfie Young and Debbie Fox were important contributors to our state’s success.

New South Wales finally won the Interstate Regatta Rowing Australia Cup for the second successive year with 61 points – ten points clear of Victoria.

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