Dunstan High School among rowing elite

Dunstan High School has shown itself to be among New Zealand’s elite rowing schools once again.

The school claimed the Presidents Scull Trophy for top points in sculling events as the Maadi Cup concluded at Lake Karapiro on Saturday.

It also finished third in the Star Trophy for most overall points.

That came as the school added four medals to its tally of four from Friday, while Otago schools added nine to bring their overall total to 17.

Sophie Smith won gold in the under-18 single sculls for Dunstan.

Smith, who moved to Dunstan from Dunedin this year, finished in 8min 6.19sec to win by just over a second.

She then joined Paige Furrie, Mackenzie Ealson, Dunstan’s other Sophie Smith and cox Billy Grant to take gold in the girls under-18 coxed quadruple sculls.

Sophie Smith (Alexandra) and Mackenzie Bryant added another medal, taking bronze in the under-17 double sculls.

The school’s girls under-18 novice coxed quadruple sculls crew of Ruby Smith, Tahlia Nelson, Ellie King, Emer Bryant and cox Tessa Handford capped off Dunstan’s medal with another gold.

Wakatipu High School’s Sam McAtamney and Marley King-Smith combined to win the boys under-16 double sculls in 6min 56.54sec.

Not to be outdone, its girls duo in the same grade of Olivia Key and Neve Bates reached the podium with a bronze.

Otago Boys’ High School won a pair of medals as well.

Grayson Small and Henry Kirk claimed silver in the exhibition under-17 pairs, while Reuben Cook and Will Haley took bronze in the under-18 double sculls.

Cromwell College’s Matthew King also had an impressive row to win bronze in the under-16 single sculls in a time of 7min 47.85sec.

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