Grammar shines at regatta

THE Launceston Church Grammar School girls' rowers put in some standout performances on the first day's racing at the Tasmanian Schools rowing regatta at Lake Barrington yesterday.

In perfect weather and rowing conditions and in front of one of the biggest crowds of the seasons, about 145 races were contested on a big program of racing.

``It was primarily heats and semis today hence the large number of events and we had in excess of 900 entries,'' Rowing Tasmania development manager Rob Prescott said.

``One of the most interesting performances was the Grammar girls who have crews in the finals of the eights, the fours, the quads, the pairs, doubles and singles - the girls in their senior eight have pretty much got into everything in pretty much one of the stellar performances of the day.

``We had a lot of junior athletes with at one stage nearly 70 athletes competing at one stage in the girls' under-16 singles, and it's been staggering the numbers we've had.

``It's been a successful day's racing and finals start tomorrow morning with semi-finals at 7.30am and finals at 8.30am.''

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