Corowa Rowing Club travelled to Geelong for the first of the school girl regattas.
With a slight head wind the scullers were confident of a strong showing over the 1500m and 1000 metre courses.
First event was the open division 2 over 1500m with 4 heats a strong field was entered. Corowa rower Amy Underwood competing for her school Geelong Grammar using a Corowa club boat Amy was in a tough heat. Amy showed her improved skills and fitness to row past the early leader at the half way mark to record a great win. In the final Amy was against the 3 other heat winners and was going to be in for a tough final. Amy took the lead from the start as she powered down the course to record a great win. A fantastic achievement as she was also entered in the Open 8 coming 3rd in the final.
Megan Vogel was up next in the Open div 1 with 2 heats first and second qualified for the final. Megan has had great success on the Barwon river and was keen to put in a strong showing. The heat was a tight race early with Megan taking the lead and rowing a controlled race to make the final. Four scullers lined up for the final and Megan took the lead from the start to take out the final and sets her up for another season as she prepares for the 2000m events.
The year 8 scullers were up next with Corowa represented by Paige Cooper and year 7 student Julia Delaney. For Julia it was her first race over the 1000m course and with a lot of rowing in the afternoon both girls needed to row a controlled race. Paige raced at Geelong last season and her knowledge paid off as she took the lead from the start and rowed a great race. Julia followed her race plan to grab 2nd place as she completed the 1000m course and was going to use the experience in her next 3 races. The final result remained the same with Paige grabbing the lead early and Julia improving from the heat to allow the Corowa girls to grab 1st and 2nd.
Both girls were entered in the year 9 single with 2 heats 1st and 2nd qualified for the final. Paige was in the first heat and was going to be tested by the older girls. Not to be overawed she rowed her race plan to take out the first heat. Julia lined up in heat 2 against the bigger girls but showed her hard work at training was paying off as she took the lead early and rowed a great race to lead all the way. Both girls were lined up for the last race of the day in the final as Paige continued her great form and took the lead as was never headed. Julia took the race up to the older girl as she made a real contest for 2nd place. Showing great discipline she pushed hard through the middle stages and mounted a real challenge before falling just short coming a confidence building 3rd place.