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ROWING TO THE TOP: Students win medals

MEDALLISTS: Sabina Murchie, Elizabeth Newell, Montanna Clark, Georgia Weston and Aiden Davidson all won medals at the recent school state titles.
MEDALLISTS: Sabina Murchie, Elizabeth Newell, Montanna Clark, Georgia Weston and Aiden Davidson all won medals at the recent school state titles. Mike Knott BUN051017ROWING1

ROWING: St Luke's Anglican School students Sabina Murchie and Elizabeth Newell had an almost perfect ending to their school rowing careers.

The talented teenagers, in their final year of school, combined to take bronze at the recent state school regatta titles in Rockhampton.

The duo survived a frantic finish to claim third in open double scull after qualifying second in their heat.

"It was a close finish and we just pulled through to medal,” Newell said.

"We've been training constantly for a few years now, good to see it has paid off,” Murchie said.

Newell and Murchie are school rowing captains and were in a squad of 18 from St Luke's at the titles.

Five, including those two, came back with medals with Georgia Weston, Montanna Clark and Aiden Davidson also triumphant at the event.

Weston was the best performer with silver in the under-15 single scull.

She finished second in her heat and semi-final before delivering when it counted.

"It was a great experience and I feel I had a good race,” she said.

Davidson had similar success in the single scull in under-14 with bronze.

He finished first in his heat and semi-final before finishing 14 seconds behind Ignatius student Jake Gilmore in the final.

"This is my first regatta, so it was quite a surprise for me to medal in this competition,” he said.

"It was a shock because it was unexpected competing against people with a year extra in rowing than me.

"We were all quite happy when I won the medal because it was a close finish.”

Davidson said the sky was the limit if he applied himself with a further 12 months of training before next year's titles.

"They've had their extra year so this year is my extra year,” he said.

"The result gives me more confidence and more training to improve my technique to get to the top.”

Finally for Clark, she was part of a quad scull team with Maribyrnong that claimed bronze in the Year 11 competition.

Meeting her teammates at the carnival, the students were able to overcome their inexperience together to medal at the state titles.

"They were all lovely and it was just good to come home with the medal in the quad,” she said.

"Rowing up to start line I was very nervous because if you are out of time it makes a big difference.

"Getting in time and having the experience of rowing back with people I've never met was great.”

St Luke's rowing coach Michael Parsons said it was a great effort from the school.

"It's definitely the best performance of the past three or four years,” he said.

"We had another dozen kids that made finals of their events, so they made the top seven or eight in their state, which is really pleasing.

Murchie, Newell, Clark and Weston will now train and prepare to head to New Zealand for a regatta in December.