During the 17-19 March weekend, 26 members of the Fintona rowing program competed with pride and spirit on the Barwon River in Geelong at the 2017 Head of the School Girls Regatta (HOSG). HOSG is the largest regatta of its kind in the southern hemisphere with over 2,000 competitors and over 15,000 spectators. All Fintona rowers began training for this regatta back in July of 2016, putting in countless hours of training in the rain, hail and (very hot) sunshine. The efforts of the squad over the past nine months was certainly evident over the HOSG weekend, with the rowing squad achieving Fintona’s best results in recent history:
Claudia Crock and Matisse Montague won a Bronze medal in a thrilling race in the Open Division 1 Double Scull.
Zoe Seale made it all the way through to the semi-final in the Year 10 Division 1 Single Scull, placing her in the top 8 Year 10 scullers, an amazing feat given that there were over 25 entries in this event. Venus Yu also brilliantly represented Fintona in this event.
The Year 10 Quad Scull consisting of Tayla McKernan, Anna Pantazis, Piper Besley, Hayley Duncan and Maddy Pynta were placed in the top half of the Division 3 Quad Scull and rowed a Personal Best in the C final.
The Division 1 Year 9 quad scull consisting of Claire Walters, Dyte Karagiannis, Georgia Truong, Anya Latti and Alexia Karagiannis made history being the first Year 9 Division 1 Quad to progress all the way through to the semi-finals and in doing so they rowed back to back Personal Bests.
The Division 2 Year 9 Quad Scull consisting of Jaqueline Xavier, Sophia Zavros, Georgia Georgiarkis, Sophie Ganeson and Nivedha Seevanayagam rowed back to back Personal Bests and were placed second in the C final.
The Division 3 Year 9 Quad Scull consisting of Genevieve Gill, Mietta Morris, Hannah Smit, Chloe Bridgeman and Aleen Dhaliwal, narrowly missed out on the quarter finals after a nail biting heat, however they rowed with phenomenal effort throughout the rest of the weekend and also posted Personal Bests.
All of the rowers should be incredibly proud of their achievements and we look forward to the 2017/18 season commencing in Term 3 after a well-deserved rest in Term 2.
We congratulate the wonderful efforts of the girls and their dedicated coaches. What an exciting end to the summer rowing season!