Senior Women dominate Reading SBH

The cancellation of Pairs Head saw the Senior Women head to Reading to take on a new challenge by racing on unfamiliar waters.

The 3.7km course had its challenges, particularly given overtaking was forbidden on some sections of the course. Pleasure cruisers spinning mid-race in front of crews and sections of enforced paddling behind slower crews made for an exciting time but didn’t prevent Cantabs coming home with 6 wins.

Ellie Darlington and Elena Williams were the fastest W2- of the day, finishing over 40 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed crew. Vanessa Lockyer and Rosa Mueller were the fastest W2x of the day, narrowly edging out Maria Stroyakovski and Evelyn Svingen who encountered the aforementioned pleasure cruiser! Abi Bartlett and Molly Shaw enjoyed their first sculling race, comfortably winning their 2x event.

Elsewhere, the four-woman crews were also successful. Gill Cooper, Amanda Clarkson and Gemma Douglas raced for time only in their masters event because last minute substitute Evelyn Svingen is not masters age, but this didn’t stop them from being the fastest W4- of the day. Cantabs won the Women’s Intermediate 4+ and were the 2nd fastest W4+ of the day, with Freya Parry and Izzy Rhodes joined by new squad members Eleanor Thompson, Tiana Behr and Shaaroni Wong.

Chi-Ying Chen, winner of the masters B event at Scullers Head the previous month, also finished as the fastest Women’s MasB 1x of the day.

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