CHRISTS COLLEGE WIN TIGHT RACE TO SECURE MAADI CUP
(New Zealand Press Association Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Christs College, of Christchurch, survived a tight tussle to win the prestigious Maadi Cup at the national second schools rowing regatta near Twizel today.
The boys' under-18 eights final on Lake Ruataniwha was a classic affair, with Christs, Kings College, of Auckland, and Hamilton Boys' High School all going under six minutes for the journey.
The three crews went neck-and-neck to the line, with Christs narrowly holding off their rivals.
That saw Christs, under the guidance of Irish Olympian coach Tony O'Connor, regain the Maadi Cup after a six-year gap.
The girls' under-18 eights also produced an exciting final, won by Wanganui Collegiate from Rangi Ruru, of Christchurch, with a long way back to Hamilton's Sacret Heart Girls.
It marked the first time Wanganui Collegiate had won the Levin Jubilee Cup.
Takapuna Grammar's Henry Poor achieved a significant double by winning both the under-18 and under-17 single sculls finals.
The under-18 girls' double was won by Rotorua's Julia Edward, 15, and Kylee McFetridge, 16, while St Andrews College No 3 pulled off a stunning win in the boys' under-18 double after Samuel Thomson and Richard Storey left their rivals behind at the 500m mark.
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