18 Feb 2015
The Firbank Regatta was held at the Barwon River. The students faced tricky morning conditions with heavy rains, but fortunately, very calm winds. Following the racing on Saturday, Ruyton is placed well in the lead up to the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta on 14 and 15 March. Crews will look to make adjustments this week and become more accustomed to high rate racing in training. Special mention to Olivia D and Tara N who both coxed ten or more races on Saturday which was a great effort in the cold and testing conditions.
Mr Charles Willey
Ruyton Head Coach Rowing
NSW State Championships
Congratulations to the rowing squad girls who competed at the New South Wales State Rowing Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) over the weekend in Penrith.
The Senior 1sts crew (Matilda A, Beth C, Alana G, Jean M and Charlotte W) the Senior 2nds crew (Jane K, Alice K, Laura M, Astrid M and Emily P) and the Year 10 1sts crew (Bella A, Alannah H, Emily M, Eleanor P and Elise S) are congratulated on their behaviour, spirit and endeavour throughout this major lead up event which saw some fantastic results in competition against many crews from NSW, ACT, VIC and Queensland.
In their first race at the National Rowing facility, there were three heats comprising 25 crews from four states with a separate Ruyton crew in each heat. Ruyton girls finished first, second and second all qualifying for the final of the Schoolgirl Coxed Quadscull.
All three crews went on to perform very well in the final, with the Senior 2nds in ninth place, Year 10 1sts finishing fourth and the Senior 1sts became the first Ruyton crew to win gold at the NSW State Champions. This followed on from Silver medals in 2013 and 2014 where the winner was well clear of us. This year the girls defeated a highly regarded opponent in a ‘slick’ time for the humid and still conditions. In the words of the race caller.... ‘well this is a most unusual situation...Kinross didn't win.’ As the Ruyton girls stood atop of the podium they were flanked by Kinross Wolaroi (Australian Schoolgirl Quadscull Champions 2014) and Queenwood (Australian Schoolgirl Quadscull Champions 2013) Needless to say it was esteemed company.
The following day resulted in another great effort in the Under 17 Coxed Quadscull for the Ruyton Year 10 1sts crew. In a tightly fought contest from go to woe, four crews went tooth and nail over the concluding stages with all four crews overlapping each other as they went across the line. Our girls did a great job in claiming third place.
All girls experienced racing conditions in single sculls and other events to test their prowess out of their comfort zone on one of the best rowing facilities in the world.
Thanks to Jon B and Maria V who assisted me in making the weekend a successful and positive experience for our girls and to the parents who attended and supported the Ruyton girls.
Congratulations to all our girls on a great weekend of racing!
Mr Matt Wilson
Director of Rowing
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