#Rowing: UCC brought their title tally to three as they added the club coxed four to their club eights and intermediate single sculls pots at the Irish Rowing Championships today. The four was tested by four other crews coming to the line but broke free and won. The morning session on the Sunday was held in intermittent light rain.
Margaret Cremen won the women’s lightweight single sculls. The Lee woman looked dominant through much of the race, but as she approached the line she was hunted down by Orla Hayes of Skibbereen, who closed to just a few seconds on the line. Hayes’s clubmate, Aodhan Burns, left no doubts as to his intentions in the men’s lightweight single. He left the rest behind and won well.
The men’s intermediate pair gave Shandon a chance to demonstrate the depth of their talent pool. Stephen O’Sullivan and Colm Hennessy teamed up to win. The Castleconnell junior double of James Desmond and Rory O’Neill came under pressure from Lee in their win.
One of the closest races in the Championships so far came in the women’s intermediate four. Leaders Trinity were pipped on the line by Cork, whose winning margin was under a third of a second (.312).
Killorglin’s Anna Tyther and Rhiannon O’Donoghue gave Fermoy a test in the women’s junior pair. Gill McGirr and Eliza O’Reilly are an excellent crew, however, and held off their Kerry rivals.
Irish Rowing Championships, Day Three (Selected Results)
Four – Club, coxed: UCC A 6:38.03.
Pair – Inter: Shandon A 6:56.07.
Sculling, Double – Junior: Castleconnell (R O’Neill, J Desmond) 6:49.97.
Lightweight Single: Skibbereen (A Burns) 7:20.56.
Four – Inter, coxed: Cork 7:22.36.
Pair – Junior: Fermoy (E O’Reilly, G McGirr) 7:48.69.
Sculling, Lightweight Single: 1 Lee (M Cremen) 8:06.97.