TWO schools from Tullamore participated in the national Schools Regatta at the National Rowing Centre in Farran, Cork on Saturday, April 14.
Coláiste Choilm entered two crews, while the Sacred Heart also entered two crews. Conditions on the day were testing for the crews with a bitter cross wind.
In the mens single sculling event, Anthony Gannon of Coláiste Choilm qualified comfortably from his heat. On the way to the start for the semi-final, he became entangled in a crew. This delayed him to the extent that he missed his race, where he had hopes of making the final. Four of the twelve scullers in the semis didn’t make it to the start.
In the mens double sculls, a new combination of Patrick Walsh and James Peters raced for the first time together. In addition to racing up a grade, they had to contend with difficult conditions and struggled for most of the race.
In the womens junior 18 coxless quad scull, the Sacred Heart combination of Claire Mangan, Ellie Mulhall, Alison Mooney and Molly McKeagney raced in a two boat heat, with one to go through. They raced well against St Brigid’s Secondary School of Killarney, but didn’t make it through to the final. St Brigids’ went on to win the final, so the Sacred Heart girls were a little unlucky in their draw.
Later on in the day, Alison Mooney, Ellie Mulhall, Áine Murphy and Molly McKeagney, with Alex Vickers coxing, had two great races in the womens junior 16 coxed quad event.
In the heat, they finished second to Intermediate School Killorglin, and ahead of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and Laurel Hill, Limerick B crew.
In the final, they were due to race in a field of six crews, but only four made it to the start. The Sacred Heart girls raced well in the race, staying with the field for most of the race, but finished in fourth place.
Other Offaly interest included David Neale of UCD, who won the Universities men open single scull, and Sean O’Connor of NUI Galway, who placed sixth in the men’s senior double scull.