ROWING: King’s Ely duo crowned British champions at British Junior Rowing Championships

2017 British Rowing Junior Champions Women's Under 16 Quad Scull champions, Holly Lancaster, Rebecca

2017 British Rowing Junior Champions Women's Under 16 Quad Scull champions, Holly Lancaster, Rebecca Garrett, Olivia Morgan and Freya Dingwall. - Credit: Archant

Two King’s Ely students were crowned British champions at the prestigious British Junior Rowing Championships.

Holly Lancaster, 16, and Rebecca Garrett, 15, were among several King’s Ely students who competed in the Championships, held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham from July 14 to 16.

Holly and Rebecca joined Olivia Morgan, from Cambridge 99 Rowing Club, and Freya Dingwall, from Isle of Ely Rowing Club, in the Women’s Under 16 Quad Scull.

The girls dominated the event, winning the initial time trial and heat, with their successful day culminating in a 12 second victory over their nearest rivals in the A Final.

That impressive result saw the crew being crowned the 2017 British Rowing Junior champions in the Women Under 16 Quad Scull. In addition to their achievement, King’s Ely students had several top 10 finishes throughout the event.

The weekend started with the Under 14 competition, where all rowers competed in a series of skill tests followed by a 500 metre side-by-side race. King’s Ely student Georgia Chapman, 14, finished in seventh.

Racing for the Under 15-18 rowers took place on the Saturday and Sunday, with all crews competing in a timed trial on Saturday morning before minor finals in the afternoon, and semi-finals and manor finals taking place on the Sunday.

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There were also strong performances from Holly Lancaster, who doubled up from her successful quad event to placed fifth overall in the Women’s Under 16 Single Scull, Alex Millard, 16, finished eighth overall in the Mens’ Under 16 Single Scull and Lucy Whiteside, 16, who teamed up with Charlotte Knapp, from Rob Roy Boat Club, to place 12th in the Womens’ Under 16 Double Scull event.

Head of Rowing at King’s Ely Senior, Mark Beer, said: “It was great to see such a strong set of results from our student athletes. There are no short cuts in rowing and these positive results are a by-product of the hard work, determination and effort put in by all the students and staff involved.

“We were especially pleased to see Holly and Rebecca win the British Championships with two girls from local clubs. It has been a great learning experience for the athletes and coaches from all the three clubs in collaborating together to produce one of the fastest women’s crews in the country.”