Taylor strong in single sculls victory

Otago Rowing Club rower Jack Pearson gets into his work in a men’s under-18 single heat at Lake...
Otago Rowing Club rower Jack Pearson gets into his work in a men’s under-18 single heat at Lake Ruataniwha on the weekend. PHOTO: SHARRON BENNETT
Poor conditions disrupted the weekend programme, but Otago rowers managed their share of success.

The province’s rowers competed well at the Otago Championships at Lake Ruataniwha, which also attracted a strong Canterbury contingent.

Wind limited the action on Saturday, preventing many finals. Some finals were reduced to 1000m.

Oamaru’s Mark Taylor had the pick of the results.

The national representative, who was rowing for the Southern RPC, claimed the open men’s single sculls title. He finished in 4min 43.55sec to win by 6sec.

Norwegian duo Hanna Inntjore and Siri Kristiansen had a similarly strong showing in the open women’s pair.

Representing North End, they blitzed the field by nearly 30sec to win in 7min 55.19sec.

In the under-17 boys double sculls, Otago crews claimed each of the top three places.

Otago Rowing Club’s Mark Smith and Jak Pearson were first in 7min 40.38sec, 7sec ahead of Otago Boys’ High School’s Reuben Cook and Jonathan Burnside.

Freddy Wright and Miro Williams, also of the Otago RC, came third.

The men’s intermediate double sculls also featured three southern teams filling the podium spots.

Smith teamed with Zack Cleaver-Donovan this time to win in 3min 35.97sec, as Wakatipu and Oamaru followed in second and third.

In the girls under-16 coxed four, Dunstan Arm edged Columba College by 3sec to claim the title.

Kirsty Mahoney claimed a win for Dunstan in the women’s club single sculls.

The men’s masters quadruple sculls also went to Dunstan.

Wakatipu’s under-15 girls octuple and under-18 boys coxed quadruple sculls both won their A finals.

Otago RC’s Xavier Bachop and Taine Dyson won the men’s novice double sculls.

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