Trent ahead at Lincoln Head
Virtually all members of the Trent Rowing Club travelled to Lincoln last Sunday to compete at the Lincoln Head Regatta. Having entered 16 individual crews into the event the club competed in all classifications across all age groups, and finished the day with four event wins and five medals.
The senior squad won both the men’s and women’s double sculling categories. Matthew Pountney and James Cardon finished with a time of 14mins 22 seconds, beating the other 5 crews in their event, their closet opponent being Nottingham Rowing Club some 17 seconds behind them. Jade Smith and Beth McLocklin finished in 15:32 also beating their next opponents from Keele University by the same 17 second margin over the 3K course.
Trent’s Sam Smith who had recently qualified for Junior GB Squad selection trials won the J16 singles sculling event by a 16 second margin over the two scullers from Nottingham and Union Rowing Club.
Battling with headwinds gusting at 50 kilometers/hour all crews were finding the racing tough, but no more than the youngest club’s competitors who were 13. Despite these extreme conditions Cory Johnson and Joe Smith battled it out over a shorter 1.5K course in the J13 singles sculls event; In a field of five they miraculously crossed the line in exactly the same time of 11:35, sharing the glory of 1st position between them.
The trip to Lincoln marked the end of a very successful winter season for the local Trent Club, during which they have won 23 events, set numerous new course records, and won one victor ludorum. The athletes attention will now focus on preparing for the shorter sprint summer season, with their first regatta being Leicester middle of April.