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National Schools Regatta 2017

Thames sent three crews to race at National Schools Regatta at the weekend – a championship girls 2x, championship girls 2-, and a girls’ J16 4x. The scullers were hoping to repeat results from the Junior Sculling Regatta a fortnight ago while the pair was getting their first taste of this event.

The J18 2x at the Junior Sculling Regatta

All three crews performed strongly in the time trials. Chloe and Gabby in the 2x were third-fastest, with the 2- and 4x both tenth in their events out of around 30 crews.

That got them through to the A/B semifinals. The 2x’s final spot was never in doubt, with the girls third after the first 500m and ultimately finishing second to the American School. The 2- and 4x failed to make the finals.

In the final, Chloe and Gabby had a slower start and were sixth at the halfway point. They then started to move up through the field, overtaking Marlow by 1500m. With 500m to go they put in a storming finishing sprint, producing the second-fastest last 500m of the field, and closed a four-second gap on Molesey in third to only 0.5 seconds. Sadly this was not quite enough for a medal, but a fourth-place finish is still a result to be proud of.

Congratulations to the whole squad for a solid day’s racing!

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