Rowing: Otago wins 17th title in row

The Otago University Rowing Club crew that won the men’s eights at the New Zealand University...
The Otago University Rowing Club crew that won the men’s eights at the New Zealand University Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend. Photo by Glen Sinclair.

The Otago University Rowing Club has claimed the New Zealand University Rowing Championships for the 17th consecutive year.

The club recorded 137 points during the regatta on Lake Ruatawhina in Twizel over the weekend, well clear of second-placed Waikato University, which scored 54 points.

Auckland University was third with 34 points and Canterbury University fourth on 25 points.

Otago dominated the regatta to secure the premier trophy, The Ashes, winning a total of 16 events.

In one of those, the women's tournament coxed four, the club claimed the gold and silver medals.

It came within a whisker of claiming an unprecedented 10th consecutive women's intermediate coxed eight title, finishing second to Auckland University.

The university won 10 men's events and six women's events.

The men won the novice, championship and tournament coxed eights; the novice, championship and tournament coxed fours; the championship double sculls, coxless pair and coxed quadruple sculls; and the lightweight coxless pairs.

The women's crews won the novice, championship and tournament coxed eights; the novice and tournament coxed four; and the championship coxless pairs.

Club secretary Andrew Potter had a huge weekend, winning all five of his championship races - the coxed eight, coxed four, quadruple fours, double sculls and pairs.

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