ROWING: Grantham students impress at regattas

Katie McLaughlin, Jenna Draycott, Harriet Swindells and Hannah Fulton.
Katie McLaughlin, Jenna Draycott, Harriet Swindells and Hannah Fulton.
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Grantham members of Newark Rowing Club were in action at the Nottingham Sprint Regatta on the River Trent last weekend.

Harriet Swindells and Hannah Fulton (both KGGS) continued their winning streak,to collect tankards in the girls’ WJ15 double sculls event. They finished more than four lengths ahead of a crew from Lincoln Rowing Club in their heat, and then had to scull well to beat a local team from Nottingham Rowing Club in the final, which they won by a length.

Their younger team-mates, Jenna Draycott and Katie McLaughlin (KGGS), also won a hard-fought heat to go into the final of the WJ13 double sculls; they then rowed confidently to record an easy win against a Loughborough crew.

A number of the more experienced junior boys travelled further afield to compete in the Marlow Regatta at Eton Dorney Olympic Rowing Lake.

Despite competing in a large field of 32 of the country’s top crews, George Mitchell (Priory Ruskin Academy), Will Bowmar (King’s School), Max Bradbury (King’s School) and Robbie Goodwin (Newark Academy) rowed a fantastic heat to finish second only to Leander, and make it through to the A division final of the J18 quadruple sculls; this despite three of the crew being at least a year younger than most of their competitors.

The boys then finished in a fantastic sixth place in their division, and ninth overall, a great achievement in a prestigious event.