Marby Rowers make a splash on the National Stage

Lachlan Beckett - 19 April 2017

Marby Rowers make a splash on the National Stage

During the last week of Term 1 Maribyrnong Sports Academy Rowers Charlotte Morris (Y11), Ruby Bray (Y11), Jacob Owens (Y10) and Louisa Bongrain (Y10) travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian Rowing National Championship Regatta. The Nationals are the pinnacle event of the Rowing calendar bringing together the best Junior and Senior athletes from around the country.


The event, which is held annually at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, provides a grueling weeklong competition that challenges athletes to reach new personal bests in order to progress through to the finals.


While we have had individual representation at the Nationals, 2017 saw the first MSA team travel to and compete at the event.


Jacob Owens was one of 37 athletes to compete in the Under 17 Single Scull in which he came third in his Repechage and was eliminate. Jacob combined with a Footscray City Rowing Club member to compete in the Under 17 Double in which the boys made the Semi-Final and the Under 17 Quad they again progressed to the Repechage. 


Louisa Bongrain capped off a terrific first season at MSA in which she won the State Championship Single and Double, the Head of Schoolgirls Year 10 Single and won the SSV championship in the Single, Double and Quad. In a field of 34, Louisa progressed to the A final and came 8th in the country in the Under 17 Single Scull. Louisa also made the Semi Final in the Double and the A Final in the Quad scull finishing 6th in a very fast field.


Charlotte Morris and Ruby Bray also rounded out amazing first seasons as Under 19 athletes. The girls combined to win the Double Scull State Championship of Victoria, Head of Schoolgirls Senior Double and individually, numerous impressive Single scull victories. At the National Regatta, both girls competed in the Single, Double and Quad Scull event. Charlotte placed third in her Single Scull Repechage while Ruby performed very strongly to make the A Final and place 8th. The girls combined in the double and had an amazing row in their A final to claim the Bronze medal. Charlotte and Ruby combined with two athletes from Sydney to Race the Quad Scull and claim their second Bronze medal of the regatta.


As a result of Charlotte and Ruby’s efforts at the National Championships, both girls will travel back to Sydney on Saturday 22 April to trial for a place on the Australian Under 19 team, which will compete at the Junior World Championships to be held in Lithuania later in the year.


The MSA Rowing community also congratulate past student Tyron Boorman on Winning Silver in the Under 23 Single Scull and Gold in the Under 23 Quad.


These outstanding achievements are the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by the entire Rowing squad. From the Year 8 Learn to Row program through the High Performance student-athletes and staff. Plans are already underway to continue the growth of this new program to the MSA family.  We congratulate all Rowers and thank their families for their efforts this season.


Lachlan Beckett

Head Coach - Rowing


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