Castletroy College Rowing team under the tutelage of Castleconnell Boat club had 13 crews entered this year’s Rowing Ireland School’s Regatta at O Brien’s Bridge Co. Clare on the 26th April 2015.
This year 71 schools battled it out to decide the winners of 38 Irish School’s events. The weather had improved from the strong westerly winds that made racing at Limerick Regatta the previous day extremely challenging at times.
The winners of the Victor Ludorum (Latin for “Winner of the Games”) were St Joseph’s College Galway. Second place was Portora Royal School Enniskillen and third place was Colaiste Iognaid from Galway with Castletroy College coming a very credible 4th place.
The boys this year were led by Eoghan Whittle (gold medallist from last year’s Coupe de la Jeunesse). Eoghan paired up with Patrick Silke in the men’s open double scull, they won their heat by a canvas and due to a technical issue they missed the final. Both boys went on to compete in the single sculls.
Next up where the Junior 15 boys- fresh from their 1st place in the men’s Junior 15 quad, the schools regatta promised to be just as rewarding. James Desmond rowed in the J15 single scull and Rory O Neill and Ben Froburg J14 1x. Rory won his final to add another medal to his growing collection. Ben was leading the field in his race when another competitor crossed into his lane and pushed him onto the buoys and disturbed his rhythm.
The girl’s crews began with the open under 23 double scull of Ciara Griffin and Clara O Brien, this event was timed heats, with a field of 21 crews. The girls came second in the heat and based on overall times they qualified for the final. Ciara also competed in the open 1X and Clara O Brien went onto the J16 1X where she came 3rd in the final from a field of 15 entries.
The Junior 16 double scull of Aoife Ryan and Naomi Sobczak was a new combination on the day and the girls did very well in a field of 18 crews.
Our youngest crews of the weekend were Lauren O Brien and Norma Silke in the Junior 14 1X and the Junior 14 2X. These girls have been rowing for the past two years and the hard work and commitment to training has proven to be rewarding. Wins in both events helped in a large way to ensure that Castletroy College was placed 4th overall from 71 schools representing the 32 counties of Ireland. These young ladies are destined to follow in the steps of other Castletroy College girls like Hannah O’Sulllivan, Aoife Leahy, Ailish Griffin, Leah Quinlan and one day represent their Country in rowing.
Castleconnell Boat Club would like to acknowledge the support of Castletroy College in the promotion of rowing in the College and look forward to one day – bringing home the Victor Ludorum trophy.