The Senior Men’s and Women’s Squads and the Junior Performance Squad had a good day at the Henley Royal Qualifiers on Friday 23rd June.
Fresh from winning the club 8+ at Henley Women’s Regatta the previous weekend, the W8+ of Millie Perrin, Bailee Stratton, Jordan Bruce, Ellie Darlington, Alice Brownjohn, Emma Dalrymple, Harriet Cross, Georgia Vann and cox Esther Momcilovic had a good race for the Remenham qualifiers. Despite 3 May ball attendances and a side switch in the crew since HWR, the 8+ did well to finish 7th out of the 10 non-qualifiers, beating crews from Thames RC, Kingston RC and City of Cambridge RC.
The Junior Performance Squad also had a good race after doing well in their time trial at Henley Women’s Regatta. Racing in an enormous field of entries for the Diamond Jubilee, Emily May, Eva Hill, Izzy Ritchie and Tabitha Thornton-Swan did well to finish 36th despite all being J17s, beating crews from Sir William Perkins’s School, Hinksey Sculling School and The Leys School.
The Senior Men had a successful day, with Sara Russo steering Ricci Conci, Guy Fiddian, Mark Lawrence, Hannes Burfeind, Ricci Herreros-Symons, Andrew Marsden, Sam Philpott and Jonah Harris to qualification for the Thames. They will race Avon RC from New Zealand in the first round on Wednesday.
There was an agonising near miss for the 4+ of Gio Andreis, Charlie Cullen, Tom Chess and Andy Clucas and cox Leanne Fiddian, as they missed out on qualification for the Brit, finishing as the fastest non-qualifiers in that event despite them also having many May balls under their belt, and the crew only really coming together in the last couple of weeks.