Dartmouth rowers pull off Exeter Regatta coup

By Jake Chown  
Thursday 19th July 2018 10:00 pm
Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club’s junior winners at Exeter Regatta

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DARC juniors excelled at Exeter Regatta last Saturday, exceeding all expectations. They produced their biggest haul of trophies so far this ­season by winning four races, with a number of podium finishes to boot.

The 410m sprint course on the river Exe gave ideal rowing conditions, although a little low due to all the hot weather recently.

Olly Smith achieved his maiden sculling win in the MJ18 single scull. A dominant performance saw him cross the line ahead of Exeter and clubmate Ben Cusack, who came in third to equal his season’s best result.

Olly and Ben later doubled up in the men’s novice double scull to add ­another victory to their season.

The MJ15 coxed quad of Torin Peel, Pierre Meyer, James Wilson, Josh Pichowski and cox Nancy Coombe came across the line with very tidy rowing to win with clear water over Castledore.

The WJ16 girls coxed quad of Lottie Cusack, Lana Sharam, Ellie Langman, Nadine Smith and cox Lily Heaton ­produced a brilliant row to win their heat, knocking out West of England championship leaders Exeter A.

In the final, the girls produced a ­confident display of rowing to take the win by a length and take the lead in the championship by one point.

The MJ16 single scull of Torin Peel produced a fine performance in the heat to go through comfortably to the final, where he came second after a close race against Exeter.

The WJ16 single scull saw Ellie Langman go out in the heats, but Nadine Smith won through her heat with the smallest of margins over Dart-Totnes. She went on to scull well in the final and produce a season’s best, coming second.

The Riverside Engineering-sponsored MJ16 coxed quad of Torin Peel, Kian Gentry, Rob Stevens, Josh Pichowski and cox Marie Lang gave a good account of themselves in the heat, winning through.

Against tougher opposition in the final they rowed well to come in third.

The MJ15 double scull of Josh Pichowski and James Wilson came away with a third in their first doubles race together.

The WJ14 double scull of Lana Sharam and Lottie Cusack went out in their heat, as did the WJ16 double scull of Ellie Langman and Lottie Cusack.

Next stop on the West of England ­circuit is at Totnes this weekend. This is a two-day event that includes 500m sprint racing on the Saturday and 1,000m championship racing on the Sunday.

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