Very hot weather greeted competitors at the Rowing NSW Small Boats Regatta on Saturday. The near 40 degree day made it hard work for all competitors and their coaches.
Sydney University Development Squad showed terrific depth with five of the eight men's finalists in the U21 sculls coming from SUBC. Leading the way across the line was SUBC's Leon Chambers a length clear of Tom Barnes of Sydney Rowing Club, Charlie Wheatley was 3rd, Devlin Walsh 4th and Morgan Brooking 5th - all SUBC and Nathaniel Young was 7th.
In senior sculling our women's group showed the benefits of a recent hard camp with four scullers making the elite women's final. National U23 representative Fiona Ewing finished 3rd with Serena Cox, Carina Simpson and Loren Parsons all making the A final.
The key development race for sweep men saw the SUBC pairs dominate with Lochie Miles and Jack O'Brien rowing a measured race to come from fourth to first on the line. They finished 3.6 seconds ahead of another SUBC pair of Matthew Murray and Jacob Flanagan - this pair with one lightweight and a light heavyweight teamed up to beat much bigger and fancied rivals.
Our team was led on the water by SUBC Olympic silver medallist Cam Girdlestone. Cam was able to lead all the way in the men's elite single to win easily from Peter Koster of UTS.
Cam Girdlestone clears away in the Elite Single Sculls.
The men's elite pair saw SUBC's U23 pair of Andrew Judge and Jake Bicknell come in just two seconds behind the open pair of Ed White and Nathan Bowden. the same pair won the U23 event unopposed in the smart time if 6 m 51 secs.
This regatta was a key selection regatta for NSW State crews for the Interstate Regatta at the National Championships - crews will be finalized by the New South Wales selectors after the NSW Championships.