At the Metropolitan regatta, held on Saturday 30th May, at Dorney Lake, in the Women’s IM2 1x Genevieve Baillache-Graham put in a solid performance to win her heat with ease and go through to the final as the fastest qualifier. Leading the field from the start Genevieve crossed the line to win gold some 6 seconds ahead of the field.
The Women’s IM2 crew of Sally Pollock Morris, Natasha Atkinson, Sophie Reynolds and Kryssie Steiger coxed by Rebecca Lister had to dig deep after a slow start in their final. They steadily worked their way back in to the race and narrowly missed 3rd place. The woman’s IM1 crew coxed by Rebecca Lister also had a battle on their hands in their final having been off the pace in the first 500m. The crew of Bentley, Kay, Alder and Reynolds battled through the pack to come 0.29 of a second behind the 2nd placed crew of Royal Chester.
The senior men’s crew of Andy Pettican, Stan Admiraal, Chris Mitchell and Matt Higginson raced in both coxed and coxless IM2 categories. They came 5th in both finals having met some tough competition particularly in the IM2 4- where they lined up against crews from Imperial College and Molesey.
On Sunday, the IM1 4+ consisting of Sally Pollock Morris, Sophie Reynolds, Rachael Alder and Alice Bentley coxed by Rebecca Lister faced crews from Wallingford, Lea and University College Cork. An early battle with Vesta Rowing Club saw the Henley Crew battle hard before they took the lead. They pushed on through the second half of the race and took Gold comfortably in a time of 7.22.3.
In worsening weather conditions, the women’s coxless 4 of Amanda Hynes, Sophie Reynolds, Rachael Alder and Cat Kay took to the water in the Senior final to face a very swift Cambridge University Composite. The women raced neck and neck with University College Dublin for second place with the Dublin crew managing to cross the line marginally in from of the Henley crew.
In the men’s singles, Dave Read reached the hotly contested Elite final but was unable to produce a winning performance. Andy Pettican qualified comfortably for his IM3 final, coming in second behind Thames Rowing Club’s Thomas Harvey. The men were to face one another again in the final where an exciting race unfolded as the men raced the course with no more than a canvas between them. Harvey crossed the line first with Pettican a close second.