Our Rowing success was featured in The Stonnington Leader on Tuesday 28 March 2016, page 19:
FOR the first time in its history, St Catherine’s School has won a national championship in rowing.
The school’s Geraldine Ilott crew won gold at the re-cent Australian Open Schools Rowing Champion-ships in Penrith, NSW,
taking out the Schoolgirls Coxed Eight Sydney Cup A final and claimed the Sydney Cup trophy.
The Boynton Crew of St Catherine’s also medalled. It finished third in the School-girls Coxed Eight Sprint final and is the first national medal to be awarded to a St Catherine’s School second VIII.
The Geraldine crew won its heat in style and placed second in the semi-final to qualify for the A Final.
“The girls prepared them-selves and were ready to race mentally, physically, technically and tactically,’’ said David Fraumano, St Catherine’s head of rowing.
“They blasted off the start to an early lead which they held for the full race, racing with pride, despite late challenges from silver and bronze medal-winning crews.’’
The third-placed Boynton crew only had seven rowers in the C final due to injury and kept in contact with the field for 1500ms before only losing a handful of seconds to the other crews.
The Boynton crew was just over a second from qualifying from the A/B semi-finals.
The Boynton: Cox: Georgia Bickford, Bridget Lieberman, Danae Barbayannis, Eliza O’Donnell, India Watson, Georgina Cheale, Georgia Deacon, Sarah Fenton and Julia Rossi. Coaches: Sarah Banting and Ben Burger.
The Geraldine Ilott: Cox: Adelaide Cester, Annie Anezakis, Georgie Gleeson, Sasha Christian, Elsa Robertson, Gretel Newton-Brown, Lulu Gibson, Alexandra Stopp, Frances Curtis. Coaches: Will Bernard and John Saunders.