Scottish Championships Report

Scottish Championships Report

 

On Friday 10th June, members of the Strathclyde University Boat Club Senior Men’s squad travelled to Strathclyde Park to participate in time trials for the Scottish Championships. SUBC entered two crews for open pairs, two open singles and an open lightweight single. The crew of Findlay Ralley and Euan Marshall came 5th in their time trial which qualified them for the AB semi-final, the other crew of Calum Young and Edward Ayton qualified for the CD semi-final. In the singles event, Jack Burns placed 7th and Ben Parsonage placed 10th both qualifying for the AB semi-final. Jan Swedlow finished 15th in the time trial, qualifying for the CD semi-final. The new format of time trials on the Friday worked well for the club as it made the race throughout the weekend very competitive.

 

Saturday morning started with semi-finals for the singles. Jan narrowly made it into the C final and Ben and Jack both qualified for the B final after some very close racing in their respective semi-finals. Up next was David Plunkett who was competing in the Open Novice Single, he performed well and came off the water with a big grin on his face after completing his aim to not fall in, even with a close call at 250 meters to go! Robyn Brogan, a member of the novice women’s squad who was competing in Women’s Novice Double for Glasgow Rowing Club, won her heat and came a close second in her final. The final race of the day for SUBC was the open fours event. The club entered the two fours that are hoping qualify for Henley Royal Regatta. The A four performed well finishing second only 4 seconds behind a very good Edinburgh four. Continuing the theme of 2016, equipment failure struck again. This time it was the cox box for the B four, this hampered their performance somewhat resulting in them finishing 5th in an 8 strong field, the crew was disappointed with this result giving them an extra drive to perform well at Henley. This provides a good bench mark for both crews to step up in the weeks running up to Henley.

 

With Sunday came the semi-finals of the pairs. Findlay and Euan performed well achieving a place in the A final and Calum and Edward improved on their time trial performance only just missing out on a place in the C final by less than a boat length. Later in the day was the pairs’ finals where Euan and Findlay came 6th overall and Edward and Calum came 19th overall. A good performance for the guys considering the pair was not a focus boat for both crews. Jack Burns competed in Open Quads with three representatives from Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club, finishing 2nd overall. He then joined Ben Parsonage to win the Open Doubles event. Strathclyde University Boat Club had three representatives competing in two different crews in the Women’s Novice Coxed Quad event: Robyn Brogan, again competing for Glasgow Rowing Club, narrowly missed out in a spot in the final, finishing 3rd in their semi-final. The other Strathclyde representatives were Barbora Demčáková and Melina Moesbauer who were competing in a composite with two members of Clyde Amateur Rowing Club who had a good first sculling race considering they only learned to scull in the last couple of months. Barbora and Melina also competed in a composite with Clyde for the Women’s Novice eight finishing 3rd overcoming Aberdeen Boat Club by less than two seconds to finish off a good first year rowing. Robyn Brogan also competed in Women’s Novice single finishing a close second behind her doubles partner from Saturday.

 

Calum Young

SUBC Club Captain 2016/17

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