Successful weekend for Grantham rowers

Stephanie Hennessy and Megan Pepper on their way to first win of the season.
Stephanie Hennessy and Megan Pepper on their way to first win of the season.

Grantham school students were part of the Newark Rowing Club junior squad that enjoyed a very successful weekend at the Peterborough Regatta last weekend.

The juniors entered 14 events and secured seven wins, two second places and three thirds.

Sophie Eaves (KGGS) won WJ14 single sculls on both days of the Regatta. This feat was matched by Ashley Cowley (King’s School) in the J16 single sculls. Sophie also raced against girls in an older division, the WJ15 event, achieving a hard fought third place, whilst Ashley went on to secure a second and a fourth place in the prestigious IM1 division for single sculls.

Rowena Price (KGGS) rowed in two single scull events, the WJ18 and the highly competitive IM2 race, and finished in a commendable third place in both.

There were also wins for the rowers racing in double sculls, with Megan Pepper (Sir William Robertson Academy) and Stephanie Hennessy (Walton Girls’ High School) taking their first victory of the season in the WJ14 category, in just their second race together.

Harriet Swindells and her partner Hannah Fulton (both KGGS) won the WJ15 event. Harriet and Hannah also raced up against girls in an older age group, WJ16, and were pleased with their second place.

The quadruple scull of Gabrielle Price, Jenna Draycott, Katie McLaughlin (all KGGS) and Georgia Powell (Walton Girls’), coxed by Megan Pepper, completed the success for the team,by winning both their heat and final in the WJ14 age group.

Most of the squad will be competing at the Nottingham Sprint Regatta on the River Trent this Sunday.