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Rowing: Trent Rowing Club take four wins at St Neots Regatta

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

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TRENT Rowing club came away with four wins and a raft of good performances from the St Neots Regatta on the River Ouse in Cambridge.

In total, 24 crews competed over the two-day event with many 'bow ball to bow ball' finishes, and victories in the junior 15 sculls, the junior 16 doubles, the junior 16 quad and the mixed intermediate quad.

The weekend started with the junior 15 single sculls, in which Trent had two girls racing.

Emma Harlow raced well in the first round but was unfortunately knocked out, but Lucy Holgate had a local derby against Burton Leander, which she won to take her through to the final.

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Although not winning Saturday's final, Holgate was back in action on Sunday and won the whole event after three brilliantly sculled races.

Some more great single sculling was seen by Scott Smith, Jazmine Smith, James Hollis, Beth McQuoney and Toby Louch on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Hollis, McQuoney and Louch did not make it past their first races against some very tough competition.

The Smiths fared slightly better, both reaching the final in their events but were unable to come away with any trophies.

Eight doubles crews raced, with Lucy McQuoney and Evie Davies in the intermediate 2 double sculls and Karl Benton and Derek Smith in the masters C doubles.

Harlow teamed up with Lauren Newbould in the junior 15 doubles, where they made it to the final but narrowly missed out on victory.

Trent did have a winning doubles crew on Saturday, with Louch and Scott Smith taking the junior 16 doubles after a great race.

Sunday's doubles teams were up against more strong competition, with three girls' junior doubles – Harlow and Newbould at Junior 15, Kellie Hathaway and Jade Smith rowing up in age group to junior 18 double, and Lucy Fielding and Lucy McQuoney in Junior 16 – but none made the semis.

Trent had one doubles crew reach a final on Sunday, in Scott Smith and James Hollis, who lost narrowly after a great performance in Hollis' first doubles race.

Trent had two wins from of the four quadruple sculls events on Saturday.

Louch, Dan Corden, Richard Dowell and Matthew Poutney had a narrow loss to Star Rowing Club, who also beat another Trent quad of Antony Scott, Derek Smith, Karl Benton and Kenny Holmes in the final.

The first quad win came from the women's junior 16 of Jess Gilbert, Lucy Holgate, Jade Smith and Jazmine Smith, who built on their fourth place at the British Championships.

The second win was in the mixed intermediate 1 quad of Ben Eames, Ellen Sutherland, Dowell and Hathaway (pictured below).

Sunday saw some extremely close quad racing with Scott, Kenny Holmes, Mandie McQuoney and Alison Sutherland losing by one foot in the first round of the mixed intermediate 3 quads.

Despite some good racing from the junior 15 quad of Davies, Holgate, Harlow, Newbould – coxed by Millie Benton – and the intermediate 2 four of Eames, Corden, Dowell, Poutney – coxed by Lucy McQuoney – neither crews managed to progress past their first race.

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