Rowers dig deep to make finals at SI championships

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In the men's novice coxed four boat are Ashburton College rowers (from left) Tim Connelly-Whyte, Mitchell Taylor, Riley Harris, and Matthew Pearce. (Photo: Steve McArthur/Rowing Celebration)

Ashburton rowers have performed well at the South Island Rowing Championships, with a big number making A and B finals.

Held at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend, the local contingent included college, senior and masters rowers.

Ged Wall finished second in the A final of the boy’s U17 single sculls and Haxby Hefford claimed second and Jed McArthur seventh in the men’s club single sculls final.

The mixed masters coxed/coxless quad sculls boat of Michael Wall, Grant Elvines, Helen Hodge, Rose Kellet won their A final, while Helen Hodge went on to win the women’s masters single sculls title, although four of the five rowers in the final scratched the 1000m race.

Aidan Elvines and Emma Stagg, rowing with Wairau Rowing Club members Maddy Devery and Niamh Monk, took second place in the women’s U19 coxed quad sculls, and fifth in the women’s premier coxless quad sculls.

Charlotte Cox, Helen Hodge, Rose Kellet and Teresa Eden took second in the final of the women’s masters coxed/coxless quad sculls, with Kellet and Eden also claiming fourth in the women’s masters double sculls.

Also making A finals were Aidan Elvines and Emma Stagg (5th in the women’s senior double sculls) and Haxby Hefford, Jed McArthur, Michael Wall and Ged Wall (5th in the men’s club coxless quad sculls).

Matthew Pearce, Mitchell Taylor, Tim Connelly-Whyte, Zane Cameron and cox Harriet Leverton were 5th in the men’s novice coxed quad sculls and 7th in the men’s novice coxed four, with Riley Harris in for Zane Cameron and Jed Amos coxing the boat.

Megan Binnie and Ruby Leverton finished 7th in the women’s novice double sculls and Riley Harris, Henry Wallis, Parker Bradford, Charles Savage and cox Jed Amos claimed 8th spot in the men’s novice coxed quad sculls.

Megan Binnie, Ruby Leverton, Laura Jensen, Isabel Wall and cox Harriet Leverton also made the A final of the women’s novice coxed quad sculls, as did Tim Connelly-Whyte and Riley Harris in the men’s novice double sculls.