Stunning week of rowing at Maadi Cup

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Last week during Summer Tournament Week, the Westlake Girls squad of 27 senior rowers (Years 11-13), travelled to Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel to compete at the annual Maadi Cup.

Our squad represented Westlake Girls admirably over the course of the week, achieving 6 A finals (top 8 finishes) and 1 B final (top 16 finishes)  including a Silver medal in in the Gu18 pair.

Results were:

GU174+ : 7th -Eva Dykgraaf (stroke), Sophie Dykgraaf, Caitlin Naude, Phoebe Dobson + Annabel Savage (cox)

GU168+ : 6th – Stephanie Severin (stroke), Carla Pethers Boak, Hazel Stroobant, Phoebe Dobson, Olivia Kiernan-James, Amalie Hoban, Elin Vincent, Anna Greenhlagh + Tayla Coplestone (cox)

GU178+ : 5th -Eva Dykgraaf (stroke), Sophie Dykgraaf, Stephanie Severin, Phoebe Dobson, Caitlin Naude, Taylor Penberthy, Hazel Stroobant, Carla Pethers-Boak + Tessa Guthrie (cox)

GU182- : Silver – Scarlett Kerse (stroke), Sofia Greenhalgh

GU184+ : 7th – Scarlett Kerse (stroke), Eva Dykgraaf, Sophie Dykgraaf, Sofia Greenhalgh + Tessa Guthrie (cox)

GU181x :  5th B final (13th of 50 entrants) – Cass Luff

GU188+ : 4th -Scarlett Kerse (stroke), Sofia Greenhalgh, Eva Dykgraaf, Sophie Dykgraaf, Phoebe Dobson, Caitlin Naude, Taylor Penberthy, Stephanie Severin + Tessa Guthrie (cox)

Maadi Cup 2022 marks the first time in over 20 years our programme has made the A final in all three U18 sweeping events. Most importantly it was the first time in 7 years our U188 has returned to A final of the premier race on the girls programme. In an incredible race late Saturday afternoon, our crew finished a hugely impressive fourth behind South Island power houses Rangi Ruru and St Margarets.

We were the only North Island school to make all three girls 8 finals, a testament to how well our squad has risen to the unique challenges posed by Covid-19 this season.

Off the back of these results, individual squad members have been recognised for the efforts and ability. Sofia Greenhalgh has been selected for a NZU19 trial – if she makes the team she will compete in Italy later this year. Sophie Dykgraaf and Phoebe Dobson have also been awarded North Island trials, if they earn a place in the team they will compete against the South Island next month.

Well done to all of our rowers for a fantastic week.