Hartpury students row on to Royal Regatta

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The Gloucester-Hartpury crew successfully defended their Junior Women’s Quad Sculls title at the Henley Women’s Regatta – the prefect preparation for next week’s Royal Regatta.

The victory means the crew are one of five to pre-qualify for the prestigious event, alongside Marlow, Headington and two visiting Canadian crews.

The Women’s Regatta is the third of four major domestic events for Under-18s crews and sees two-boat side by side racing with crews bidding to reach the final in a knock-out format.

Having won the Schools Head in April, the crew picked up a bronze at the National Schools Regatta.

Flo Pickles, who was unavailable for the National Schools due to representing Great Britain at the European Junior Championships, came back into the crew to join Alice Bowyer, Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne and Jessica Newson.

Following comfortable wins over Latymer School and Monmouth School, the Gloucester-Hartpury crew comfortably defeated Reading Rowing Club in the final, who had capitalised on a mistake by Marlow that saw them surprisingly knocked out in the second round.

Gloucester-Hartpury’s Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne, rowing in a Great Britain Under-23s composite crew, also won the Elite Quadruple Sculls event.

On the same weekend, the boys’ quad scull of James Bird, Will Kemp, Jack Williams and Joe Barnes took part in Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake.

The Under-18s quad sculls attracted the largest entry of the day of 35 boats and they produced a great row in the qualification time trial, placing third and then finished fourth in the A Final in a tight finish with Grange School.

Following this result, the crew were notified that they had received an automatic qualification place for Henley Royal Regatta, becoming the first boys crew from the Gloucester-Hartpury programme to qualify for the event.

The rest of the squad travelled to Devon for the Totnes Regatta.

On the Saturday, the standout performance was from the Glos-Hartpury girls B quad of Mollie Payne, Charlotte Punter, Sophia Heath and Amy Binnion, who won their event convincingly.

The crew will now travel to Henley on Friday, June 27th for a Henley Royal Regatta qualification trial.

There were also wins for Amy Binnion in the Women’s Senior C single scull, Sophia Heath in the Women’s J17 Single and Chloe Brew, who won both the WJ18 and Women’s Open single sculls events.

On the Sunday, Payne, Punter, Heath and Binnion switched from a quad into a coxed four to again record a convincing win. Brew also repeated her double from the previous day, winning both the Women’s Under-18s and Senior B Single Sculls.

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