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College Rowing Team 3rd at State Champs
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Saturday was an extremely exciting day for many Geelong College crews across the Rowing Victoria State Championship Regattas.

Rowing Victoria awards a points system to each competing crew based on results from the two regattas. The College scored 11 points from Nagambie (fourth amongst all schools in the state) and 16 points from the Junior Girls State Championships. Our combined points from senior and junior racing placed us third behind MLC and Loreto Toorak - a tremendous effort from all coxswains, rowers and coaches for the hard work they've been undertaking in training and lead-up regattas.  

Our junior crews experienced excellent conditions on the Barwon River to participate in 10 out of a possible 12 A Finals. Our Year 9 coxswains and rowers are enjoying the opportunity to race with effort in their crews and develop their race pace each time they get on the water. Congratulations to our Year 9 Division 1 crew who took out the State Championship for Year 9 Girls Coxed IV. 

The Year 10 crews also had a positive day with four of five crews competing in A Finals. Our Year 10 A crew is continuing to find their speed in a very competitive division. They rowed very well to take out the C Final. Congratulations to our Div 3 and 5 crews, who won their respective A Finals and are now State Champions in their divisions.  

Nagambie delivered hot and steamy conditions for racing on Saturday but this saw for the first time in many years "scintillating conditions for eight-oared rowing" as commentator Roger Wilson likes to put it. Our Girls' 2nd VIII showed grit and determination to take out both the Schoolgirls Eight Division 2 State Title and U/19 Women’s Coxed Eight title. A magnificent day by these girls, who are seeing the benefits of their hard efforts in training. The Girls' 3rd VIII had their best race of the season again getting over the GGS 3rd VIII; it was a great race by these girls and they will work hard over the next couple of weeks leading into the Head of the Schoolgirls. Our Girls' 1st VIII rowed well in their B Final of the coxed eight, finishing 3rd. It is very tight and competitive racing currently in this division and the girls will look forward to their next challenge of the Head of the Schoolgirls. 

Our senior boys also had a terrific day of racing with our Boys' 2nd VIII claiming the prestigious U/19 Men’s Coxed VIII Championship of Victoria, an excellent achievement by this crew who continue to work well for each other. Our Boys' 1st VIII had their best row in the Schoolboys' Eight Division 1 race, claiming a bronze medal behind Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar. The final was a super effort by the crew, and refining their race in training will be the focus over the next two weeks. Our Boys' 3rd VIII continues to improve and their final of the Division 3 schoolboys coxed eight was extremely impressive. It is great to see the boys continue to work as a team to make their boat go faster.  

Our Year 10 Boys rounded out racing for the day with excellent races from both crews. The Div 2 crew won their heat, rowing extremely strong and efficient together, before backing up with a solid fourth in the A final, narrowly missing out on the medals. Our Div 1 crew drew a very tough heat to claim fourth and narrow the margin to St Kevin’s, Scotch and Melbourne Grammar from previous weekends. They went on to win the B Final with a very strong row.

Peter Blanchfield
Director of Rowing

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