Excellent entries and very good times at annual Sprint Regatta

2010-02-16 00:00

AN excellent entry of 170 school paddlers turned out at Nagle Dam on Saturday for the annual 500m K1 Sprint Regatta, the third event in the 2010 Capitol Caterers/Popes Canoe Centre Interschools Challenge.

The racing began with the girls’ events at 9 am with heats in the girls’ Under-16, the balance of the age-groups requiring finals only. The U16s in fact proved the most competitive age-group, with Kerry Segal from Kingsway High in Amanzimtoti winning the final in two minutes 1,61 seconds from Epworth’s Brittany Petersen in 2:06,54.

These are very good times for the calm conditions and so early in the sprint season. In the U18 girls’ age-group Epworth’s Jenna Starr won from newcomer Cindy Stevens from Danville Girls High in Durban.

The much larger boys’ category had heats in all age-groups, including seven in U16, and A, B and C finals in both U16 and U18. James Horner took the Guppy U12s from newcomers Raymond Radebe and Sanele Ngcobo of the KNCU development programme at Inanda Dam.

In the U14s, Maritzburg College’s Louis Hattingh won the final in an excellent 1:56,73 from Michaelhouse’s Patrick Dillon and Amanzimtoti’s Sipho Nthuli.

Maritzburg College took the first two places in the boys’ U16. Murray Haw led for most of the final, but paid the price for this fast start, relentlessly reeled in by eventual winner Donovan Wewege and having to work very hard to hold off third-placed Tyron Pontes from Kingsway.

The strong tailwind during the boys’ finals played a big part in the fast times and, as with the girls, Wewege’s U16 time of 1:47,68 was the fastest of the day.

U18 winner Blaine Berresford took the final from Dewalt Hattingh in 1:48,98, giving Maritzburg College the first two places in this age-group too. Michaelhouse’s Julian Atkinson was third.

This was the final event in the Challenge for this half of the year.

Results

Guppy Girls U10 – 1. Riley van Rooyen EPW 3:17.70, 2. Casey Robertson RID 3:28.32

Guppy Girls U12 – 1. Jamie-Lee Robertson PEL 3:02.28, 2. Rebecca van Rooyen EPW 3:05.74, 3. Cana Peek EPW 3:09.01

Guppy Boys U12 – 1. James Horner EPW 2:49.26, 2. Raymond Radebe THO 2:50.98, 3. Sanele Ngcobo THO 2:52.85.

Girls U14 – 1. Bianca Haw EPW 2:37.16, 2. Camilla Pennefather EPW 2:41.76, 3. Sarah Harries TWC 2:45.06

Boys U14 – 1. Louis Hattingh MAR 1:56.73, 2. Patrick Dillon MIC 2:13.24, 3. Sipho Nthuli AMA 2:15.24

Girls U16 – 1. Kerry Segal KNG 2:01.61, 2. Brittany Petersen EPW 2:06.54, 3. Kate Arnott STA 2:25.32.

Boys U16 – 1. Donovan Wewege MAR 1:47.68, 2. Murray Haw MAR 1:49.67, 3. Tyron Pontes KNG 1:49.92

Girls U18 – 1. Jenna Starr EPW 2:16.41, 2. Cindy Stevens DAN 2:25.29, 3. Sarah Cawood STA 2:30.26.

Boys U18 – 1. Blaine Berresford MAR 1:48.98, 2. Dewalt Hattingh MAR 1:51.41, 3. Julian Atkinson MIC 1:53.42.

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