A busy May!

A busy May!

The squad have been busy winning races this month. First race up was Leicester Regatta, where Pippa raced with Jonny Walton whilst Nikki paired up with Craig Turner from Loughborough, racing in elite mixed doubles. The two doubles both progressed without too much trouble to the final where they met in this side by side knockout event. As lightweights, Nikki and Craig were faster off the start, catching Pippa by surprise, but eventually (over the 700m course) the power of Pippa and Jonny showed, and they went on to win. Once down the remainder of the race can only be described as like rowing in a washing machine - it definitely tested our core! This was the first win for the group in the regatta season. Thanks to Leicester Rowing Club for organising a great days racing.

Next on the racing schedule was the British University Championships, held in Nottingham. Pippa raced in championships singles for loughborough University and dominated the event from the start, winning the event in style and securing her position as a lead sculler in the university and U23 field.
Philly and Ellie raced for Nottingham Trent University, first coming 6th in the final of the womens' quads, and then on the Monday raced in intermediate doubles. The regatta was disrupted due to unexpected fog first thing in the morning, meaning the girls raced a 1500m time trial first, with the first 6 progressing to the A final, with the next 6 moving to the B final and the rest eliminated. The girls put in a strong performance to progress to the A final. Once there they had a great race, but were slightly outmanouvered and came home strongly in fourth place. Although disappointed not to medal, the girls learnt a lot and came back fighting at Notts City Regatta, where they came second behind a more experienced Mortlake Anglian and Alpha crew in IM3 doubles. The girls were due to double up into a quad with Lindsay and Catherine, but a lack of further entries meant that the quad were unable to race. Lindsay and Catherine both raced elite singles, where they came home fourth and fifth. A good start to the season given a winter disrupted by injury. Laura was due to race in the single as well, yet illness forced her to withdraw from both Notts City and the Masters Championships the following day. At the Masters Championships Lindsay raced in a quad and a four, winning both, and maintaining her 100% success rate at this regatta.

On the same weekend as Notts City Nikki raced at a speed order test at Caversham in a potential lightweight double for the World University Championships (FISU) in Kazan, Russia. Currently no selection has been made for this championship which is held in early September, and she will continue to race the double through the early part of the season in a bid to be selected.


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