National Rowing Championships 2022
05 Apr 22 by Sam Carroll
28 March – 3 April 2022
Lake Nagambie, Victoria.
Cranbrook sent a squad of Year 11 and 12 Oarsmen and coxswains to the National Championships Regatta in Nagambie Victoria. Conditions were trying throughout the regatta with the prevailing southerly wind affecting race outcomes.
Cranbrook contested the following events:
· Schoolboy Coxed Quadruple Scull (2000m): Jasper Dawson-Damer, William Wright, James Scott-Brown, Jack Dawson and Edward Walker represented the school in this blue riband event. Despite producing their best races of the season, ultimately the crew could not overcome the challenge of racing from the outside and downwind lane and finished 12th Nationally from 28 crews. The highlight race was the repechage which saw them overhaul Trinity Grammar, Victoria in the last few metres to snatch the last qualifying place by .51 seconds in a race that took over 7 minutes to complete.
· Schoolboy Coxed Quadruple Scull Sprint (500m): William Wright, James Scott-Brown, Jack Dawson and Edward Walker were joined by Max Summerhayes in this most exciting of events. With just seconds separating all crews, Cranbrook blasted it is way into the Final finishing 3rd in their heat to eventually place 5th Nationally from 16 starting crews.
· Club Double Sculls (2000m): James Scott-Brown, Jasper Dawson-Damer and Jack Dawson contested the Club Double Sculls Championship. Up against much older and seasoned competitors the boys did an outstanding job. Jack Dawson qualified for the Final by .48 seconds over James and Jasper in a thrilling conclusion of the Semi-Final with a mere 3 seconds blanketing the last 4 crews. At the end of an exhausting schedule which saw him contest two finals in less than half an hour, Jack and his partner finished 6th, the only school crew to make the Final.
· Under 17 Single Scull (2000m): Callum Dunn contested this event making it into the Semi-Finals through a solid 2nd place in his Repechage before being eliminated in the Semi-Final.
· Schoolboy Single Scull (2000): Competing against older boys, Callum grew with each race gaining valuable experience along the way. He ultimately finished in 24th place from a starting field of 39.