Sculls found in River Thames

The women from the University of London Boat Club had a very successful afternoon at Kingston Small Boats Head on Sunday November 9th. They notched up amongst other results two wins and three second places against strong competition.

In the first division the fastest UL crew was the women’s Novice Coxed Four of Melissa Allen, Kate Markland, Tory McNeil and Lucy Faridany , coxed by Jo Winks. They finished ahead of the seven other crews in their category in a time of 19:53, and beat their nearest competitor by 55 seconds and placing a very creditable 19th out of 136 crews.

Emily Wright and Caroline Snare, the Women’s Senior Two Coxless Pair, faced bad luck in their race and, despite rowing strongly, as a result of a collision they finished third in a time of 21:38.

Sonia Farrey sculled competently in her first single sculls race to overcome a persistent injury and finish a respectable 4th out of 6 in a category where the top four scullers all finished within a minute of each other.

Possibly the best results of the day were those obtained by the UL women’s scullers who were competing against regulars in the Great Britain squad.

These included Malindi Myers, the Women’s Senior Open Sculler who herself represented Great Britain at this year’s World Championships where she won a bronze medal in the Women’s Lightweight pairs. Having changed from sweepoar rowing to sculling, Malindi won her category in a time of 19:47 and beat her nearest rival by 8 seconds. Katrina Hastings, having also turned to sculling from sweepoar rowing, raced in the Women’s Senior Two Singles category and finished second in a time of 20:38.

In the second division of the day Hastings and Myers teamed up to race as the Women’s Senior Open Double Sculls against other combinations of their previous competitors in the single sculls categories. Their double finished second in a field of six and was also the fastest UL boat in this division, finishing 20th overall out of 107 crews.

The final crew was the Women’s Senior Two Coxed Four, which consisted of the Women’s Senior Two pair joined by Debbie Miker and Tory McNeil and coxed by Naomi Carpenter. The four were disadvantaged by setting off in a vacuum, with very few other crews around them to push against, and so did very well to finish 26 seconds behind the winners of their category.

The UL Women’s Boat Club will be racing again in two weeks time, on the same course at Tiffin Head when the smaller boats will be competing with a view to being selected for the Under 23 Trials.

Tanya Holden

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