St Andrew’s College retained the Bell Cup for the most overall points at the South Island secondary school championships on Twizel’s Lake Ruataniwha.
The winter-like conditions over the weekend didn’t slow down St Andrew’s, who
came home with eight gold, three silver and a bronze medal.
All of St Andrew’s gold medals came in the boys’ events.
They won the under-15 coxed octuple sculls, under-15 coxed four, under-16 coxed eight, under-18 coxed four, under-15 coxed eight, under-16 coxed four and under-18 coxless pair oars.
They also took out the much anticipated boys’ under-18 coxed eight in dominant fashion. St Andrew’s powered to gold more than six seconds clear of defending Maadi Cup champions Christ’s College in second, and Christchurch Boys’ High School in third.
Even more remarkable was that the St Andrew’s crew broke the six-minute mark with a time of 5min 58.29sec.
If the boys’ race was clear cut, the girls’ under-18 coxed eight was quite the opposite.
Just over one second was all that separated gold from bronze. Gold went to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School with a time of 6min 51.08sec, with Christchurch Girls’ High School just a bow ball behind in 6min 51.52sec, and St Margaret’s College taking bronze with 7min 0.93sec.
Rangi Ruru had the second largest medal haul at the weekend – the most of any girls’ school – winning eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
Rangi Ruru director of rowing Mark Cotham said these were very pleasing results in the
build up to the Maadi Cup, but there’s still a lot of water to go under the bridge and the
girls will continue training hard over the next couple of weeks.
“This is a helpful check-up for us all as we look ahead to Maadi, but it is business as usual until then,” said Cotham.
Schools will now turn their attention to the Maadi Cup, which takes place from March 27 to April 2.
St Andrew’s: eight gold, three silver, one bronze.
Rangi Ruru: eight gold, one silver, two bronze.
CBHS: four gold, five silver, three bronze.
St Margaret’s: one gold, three silver, three bronze.
CGHS: one gold, one silver, one bronze.