Men’s eight sets new best at trials
29 March 2012
Athletes competing for positions in Australia’s men’s eight boat for the 2012 Australian Rowing Team have continued to shine on the seventh day of the 2012 Rowing Australia National Selection Trials at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.
South Australian Bryn Coudraye moved back into the stroke seat and led the combination, the sixth to be tested across the trials, to a time of 5:32.82 in the flat conditions at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games venue.
Joining Coudraye in the crew were Matt Ryan (NSW), Nicholas Purnell (NSW), Tom Swann (VIC), Josh Booth (VIC), Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC), Francis Hegerty (NSW), Sam Loch (NSW) and coxswain Toby Lister (NSW).
Rowing Australia National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson commended the speed and stamina of the athletes as trialling neared its conclusion.
“Throughout all six rotations of the men’s sweep group to date, the continued speed of the men’s eight has been a highlight,” Matheson said.
“Due to the exceptional quality we have in this group of athletes there is the need to try numerous combinations as we search for the best fit for our team this year.
“All athletes in our shadow team have been building for the trials across a number of months now and are in excellent physical condition.
“The unity amongst the group is excellent and the competitive spirit of all involved is driving them to world class times on the water.”
The women’s eight group saw one change in the crew as two times Olympian Monique Heinke (NSW) replaced Renee Chatterton (SA) in the 2 seat.
Phoebe Stanley (VIC) once again stroked the combination and led Hannah Vermeersch (WA), Sarah Cook (NSW), Tess Gerrand (NSW), Alexandra Hagan (WA), Emma McCarthy (QLD), Heinke, Robyn Selby Smith (VIC) and coxswain Beth Smith (NSW) to a time of 6:17.24, just 0.11 of a second quicker than the time set on Wednesday.
The selection trials will conclude on Sunday April 1 before the Rowing Australia board meets to select the 2012 Australian Rowing Team that evening.
The Australian Rowing Team will compete at World Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland (May 25-27) and World Cup 3 in Munich, Germany (June 15-17) before athletes are nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee.