TRENT Rowing Club picked up three event wins in their debut at last weekend’s Bridgnorth Regatta.
A 500m sprint regatta on the River Severn attracted 18 clubs, with Trent sending nine crews, consisting of single and double sculling boats from established rowers to first time competitors.
The victories came in the men’s events, where Scott Smith won the junior 15 before teaming up with Oliver Benton to win the junior 16 double sculls.
The third win came in the primary doubles event, where father and son team Pierre and Charles Lego were successful.
Earlier in the day, the single sculls were the first to race, with the women’s junior 18s of Kellie Hathaway and Jess Coxon, followed by Laura Gray in the women’s junior 14.
All three won their heats – a first-ever victory for Coxon in her second-ever race - but were knocked out of their finals.
Smith then won his event, as after drawing in the first race to great excitement from the bank with screams of encouragement, he went on to win the remainder of his races and take the event.
Oliver Benton was up against tough opposition in the junior 16 category, and though he reached the final, he lost by two lengths to a recent National Schools Regatta silver medallist.
Jo Stevens, another novice rower, competed in the women’s primary, but despite a strong and confident performance, was unable to make the final.
The afternoon brought the doubles events, and first up in the Master’s category were Karl Benton and Anthony Scott.
They had an amazing first race, winning easily over their rivals from Evesham, but on their way back to the start, a collision with another boat caused a split in their vessel, which put paid to them contesting the final.
Pierre and Charles Lego then competed together for the first time in the primary double event.
Their first race was not without excitement as Pierre’s seat came off during the race, but they fought to the end and only lost by a length.
After rectifying their previous problem, they went on to thrash their next opponents, claiming the fastest time and therefore taking the second event win of the day.
Trent’s final event saw Oliver Benton and Smith join together and prove a force to be reckoned with, winning all their races easily.
With Smith setting the pace and Benton steering, their teamwork was second to none.