SRC Braves Barrington Weather, Ready for Finals!

Amongst the jaw dropping Tasmanian scenery of Lake Barrington, SRC athletes have raced hard and laid down some fantastic results over the first three days of racing at the 2021 Australian Rowing Championships.

The first three days comprise solely of Heats, Repechages, and Semi-Finals. The vast majority of our athletes faced minimal issues in avoiding the repechage, or long way round, in order to secure their finals berth.

Our U17 and U19 athletes have seen the most action out of the squad in the early stages of the regatta, with their efforts in the preliminary rounds culminating in eight A final berths for Thursday morning. A special mention must go to our U19 W2x’s and U17 M2x’s, where SRC has qualified two crews in both A finals.

Our U21 athletes have also progressed through to various A Finals, with U21 W2- Evie Thomson and Caitlin McManus-Barrett leading their heat start to finish to qualify directly. They will be joined by Niamh Graham and her North Esk crewmate Greta Brown on Thursday morning. On the men’s side, Henry Furrer and Brad Graham lead their head from start to finish to qualify fastest for their double scull’s final on Friday.

Our U23 athletes will also be contesting finals racing come Thursday morning. Both Women’s pairs raced the rep on Tuesday, with the combo of Lauren Graham and Issy Furrer qualifying for the A final, while India Thomson and Georgia Bradley will contest the B final. Our Men’s pair of Alex Nichol and Alex Potter avoided the rep, placing first in their heat to secure their A Final position.

On the two oared side of things, Torun Olsson and Harry Crouch will both race the B final of the U23 M1x on Thursday, while they look forward to racing the A Final of the U23 M2x on Friday, in the heat of which they laid down an absolutely blistering time of 6:25.32 over 20 seconds faster than their nearest competition. Grace Sypher went through the rep to secure her A Final berth in the lighty single, before placing second in the race for lanes in the lighty double together with WARC’s Georgia Seed.

Our Senior athletes also had a couple of strong hit outs, with the all SRC combo of Josh Hicks and Sam Hardy qualifying fastest for the Men’s pair final, where they will be joined by Jackson Kench with his SUBC partner Will O’Shannessy. Harriet Hudson also flew the sky blue at the front of the field, with a start to finish win in her semi of the Women’s Single, landing her in pole position for tomorrow’s race for medals.

We can only hope the weather holds off for tomorrow’s racing, check out the draw and live stream link below!

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