A BIG rowing program will see more than 1000 rowers descend on Lake Barrington for the state pennant five regatta this weekend.
Rowing Tasmania development manager Rob Prescott said the resumption of the rowing season after the Christmas break signalled the start of a hectic schedule for the next 10 weeks.
“We have about 1016 entries. It’s a massive regatta.
“Students from Aquinas and Trinity Colleges in Western Australia and Loreto of Toorak were here this week and Xavier College next week,” he said.
“They have been here for training camps and add about an extra 120 athletes to our program.”
The men’s senior single has 32 entries. Tamar’s Oliver Cook and Henry Youl will be up against Huon’s Wilson Mure, Toby Pitt, Sam Volker and Richard Giblin.
The women’s senior single has 26 entries. Kerry Hore, who has returned from a training camp as part of her Olympic preparation, will be one of the competitors.
“Tamar’s Ciona Wilson will be competing along with Huon’s Eleni Kalimnios who is on the comeback. Throw Meaghan Volker into the equation and it is another strong event,” Prescott said.
“The under-17 singles has five heats. Our junior program is very competitive with North-Esk’s Jack Barrett and Connor Ryan, Scotch Oakburn’s Sam Herbert and St Pat’s Ethan Malisauskas going to have a very good tussle.”
A full field will contest the men’s senior four with Youl stroking the Tamar boat and Pat Bird North Esk. Competing by invitation will be the new-look Australian lightweight four consisting of an all-Queensland crew.
Prescott said the women’s senior eights should see a Head of the River preview between Friends, Collegiate, Scotch Oak-burn, Launceston Church Grammar and three Loreto Toorak crews.
The senior men’s single scull should see Mersey’s Taylor Wilcyzinski start as favourite after a good performance at last weekend’s trial. He will be up against Youl, Mure and Giblin.
Two divisions in the men’s senior eight will see Aquinas and Trinity College crews take on Scotch Oakburn College, Hutchins, Tamar and the University Boat Club.
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