The College girls four completed their seasons racing as a crew at Women’s Henley this weekend. On the Saturday, they raced Great Marlow School who came 5th at the National Schools. Rowing with great confidence and smoothness, they rapidly drew away from their opposition, winning as they wished in the second fastest time of the day.
On the Sunday morning, they faced Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute from Kingston Ontario, the current Canadian Scholastic Champions, who had beaten the Marlow RC four who can 3rd at the National Schools. Despite their pedigree, Pangbourne rowed a splendid race, slowly drawing away from their illustrious opposition to win by a length and three quarters.
Next up, they faced the all conquering Headington School four, who won the National Schools in both the eight AND four, walloping Pangbourne in the four final. This was an all together different affair, with Pangbourne right with them from the off, and despite the valiant efforts of our splendid cox Thea Swan, and the absolutely heroic efforts of the whole crew, Headington agonisingly eased out to a bare length lead by half way, and hung on for the win – the closest they had been pressed all season. They won the final a couple of hours later as they liked, beating the US Scholastic Champions Harriton School in the final.
This was the first time the College have had a girls crew win a race on the Sunday of Women’s Henley, and it was all the more impressive as they only lost to the winners, and it was so close.
Well rowed Laura Webb, Georgia Francis, Shannon Webb and stroke Isabel Metcalfe and cox Thea Swan.
Their coach – Philip Tinsley said: “The crew rowed wonderfully well, and were a credit to themselves, their very supportive parents and the whole College. Headington have 20 plus girls rowing in their sixth form group, we have 4, and yet we got to within a length of their crew. Fabulous effort.”