This entry is very much done at second hand! As you can see if you read the Peterborough entry, I was otherwise engaged over the week-end, so have to rely on comments from the girlies who were at Met.
Overall, a pretty successful couple of days for the ladies, with some very good results. Two crews were out on both days. The aim of this was to give some serious race practise to the Henley crews, give some big event experience to some of the newer girls and try out a couple of new combinations. It seems to have succeeded on all three counts.
The IM2 4+ crew placed fourth in their heat, putting them through to the repêchage. Here they came fifth of six (beating Kingston who were six seconds ahead of them in the heat), placing 11th of 23 crews overall. A pleasing result and a good lead in to Henley.
The inexperienced IM3 4+ crew were next off, placing a creditable fourth in their heat (unfortunately not enough for them to progress to the rep) in their first taste of racing at a top event. Much more to come from this boat, I feel.
Another IM3 4+ boat out, this time with a different line up (that hadn’t rowed together before). They managed fourth in their heat, behind two Uni boats and Thames RC, again a very encouraging performance given they were able to beat two other clubs crews comfortably despite a lack of practice together.
The other crew was an IM1 (!) coxless four, racing not only for the first time as a 4- but also above their status. Given this, it was always going to be a big ask and they duly finished last in the straight final – but against some seriously tough opposition. Good race experience and by all accounts a strong performance.
All in all, a good week-end.
Results available at the Met website.
No photos (I was at Peterborough!)