Hartpury’s rowers cruised to a course record time as they picked up their fifth consecutive title at Henley Women’s Regatta with the college’s junior quad powering to victory in the Bea Langridge Trophy.
The quad – A Level students Hannah Cooper and Zoe Adamson, alongside Diploma Sport students Holly Huggins and Georgia Martin – comfortably beat Cambridge in the final to secure the national title that the college has won previously in 2013 and 2014, a result that sees Gloucester-Hartpury’s junior crews unbeaten at over the last five years at the event.
The regatta has been a fruitful one for Gloucester-Hartpury crews with titles having also been picked up in the senior quad sculls in 2015 as well as last year’s success in the junior girls coxed four.
The Gloucester-Hartpury crew qualified from the time trial on the Saturday before going on to beat Emmanuel School in the first round. They then reversed a recent defeat to Latymer School in the National Schools by beating the London crew in Sunday’s quarter-finals.
The semi-final saw the girls set their first course record of the day, beating a travelling crew from Australia – Sydney Rowing Club. Cambridge’s Isle of Ely then went on to match the girl’s course record as they beat pre-event favourites Henley in the other semi-final.
Despite the equal times in the semis, the final was a more one sided affair as Hartpury comfortably powered to victory and set another new course record in the process.