First medal at nationals for Otago

Ben Mason
Ben Mason
Otago rowers have claimed their first medal at this year’s national championships.

Ben Mason and Bradley Leydon were part of a silver medal-winning crew at Lake Karapiro yesterday.

Mason and Leydon joined Canterbury duo Nathan Luff and Zackary Rumble to finish second in the under-22 men’s quadruple sculls.

Their Southern RPC crew finished in 6min 08.97sec, 5sec behind the Waikato RPC crew.

Dunstan Arm added plenty of crews to its already impressive list of A finalists.

In the senior grade, Simon Smith, who is also the club’s coach, will race for two medals.

He finished fourth in the single sculls semifinal to advance, and paired with Greg McLaughlin to finish third in the semifinal of the double.

Kirsty Mahoney also advanced to the single sculls final in the intermediate grade and paired with Daendie de Beer to make the double final.

On the men’s side, Reuben Cook will race in the club single sculls final, and Paige Furrie and Mackenize Ealson will contest the women’s final. Will and Zak Healey will contest the club double sculls final.

Wakatipu’s club quadruple sculls crew of Louis Billoud, Oliver Herron, Oliver Bisley and Charlie Campbell will race in the final.

University’s Hannah Coulter finished first in the women’s single sculls semifinal to make the final.


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