Summer squad set the standard in the South
A small contingent of the New Zealand summer squad attended the South Island championships at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend.
Genevieve Behrent teamed up with Rebecca Scown in the open women's pair and took an easy win in a time of 7:14.45.
The lightweight men's rowers contested the open men's pair, with James Hunter and James Lassche leading the second summer squad crew of Curtis Rapley and Alistair Bond home. Hunter and Lassche won in 6:32.50, over five seconds ahead of Rapley and Bond.
Rapley, Bond, Lassche and Hunter united to win the men's open four. Peter Taylor contested the men’s open double sculls with Hayden Cohen and won, while Cohen also took the men's single scull title.
Zoe McBride and Sophie MacKenzie teamed up to win gold in the women’s open double scull in a time of 7:06.61. They were 14 seconds clear of the second-placed finishers.
McBride then took on the women’s open single scull and beat MacKenzie by almost 10 seconds in a time of 7:55.39.
In the club events the men’s club double scull was won by Wanaka Rowing Club by the Bruce brothers, Riley and Eachann, coached by their father Robert. In the women’s club double scull Avon Rowing Club took the honours nearly ten seconds ahead of North End. Tim Yaxley from Waihopai Rowing Club claimed the gold in the men’s club double scull. Christ’s College won Gold in the men’s club coxed eight well ahead of Wakitipu Rowing Club.
For further results from the South Island Championships please see RowIT