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University of Tasmania enjoys rowing success

After a decade-long absence, the University of Tasmania returned to the Australian University Games in a blaze of glory.

The rowing regatta was recently held on the Rowing Queensland course at Wyaralong Dam as part of  the University Games.

The University of Tasmania crew of Oli Cook, Erik Rowan, Max Rowan, Wilson Mure and Josie Robertson (coxswain) competed in the coxed four, pair and single.

In the coxed four final, the crew finished a strong third behind University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney.

In the coxless pair final, the Rowan brothers were in a close tussle with the crew from University of Sydney from the 500m mark. The lead changed frequently down the course with Sydney only gaining the upper hand in the last 200m.

The men’s single final was initially viewed to be a demonstration from James Cook University rower Sasha Belonogoff, who scored silver at the Rio Olympics as part of the men’s quad scull.

But UTAS’s Mure took the lead from the start, held off Belonogoff at the 1000m mark . Mure’s pressure at the 1750m mark saw him wrestle in  a 2.6 second victory.

“Our return to the University Games was the result of 16 months of planning involving the University, Rowing Tasmania and the boat company WinTech Australia, who sourced all the equipment for the regatta,” Tasmania University Boat Club president Mick Casey said.

 “We ask a lot of our rowers to take a week out of study so near to exams when the interstate universities are on a mid-semester break.

 “Our team competed against the dominant rowing universities and demonstrated the strength and quality of rowing in Tasmania and to make the podium for all three events is an achievement that we should be justifiably proud of.”

Published on: 05 Oct 2017 2:27pm