Apart from ruining our livers and taking extended breaks to the bot gardens, Rhodents are talented at other things. One such discipline is rowing. Over the last weekend, the best Rhodes had to offer went to compete against institutions from all over the country at the Rand Merchants Boat Race.
Men’s A came second to Tuks for the third year in a row, however, the race was intense and was the closest we’ve come to taking on the boys from Pretoria. The men’s B came fourth against a crew from the University of Johannesburg that had enough schoolboy experience. Welcome Sidyiyo coxed so well in this race to keep Rhodes in the mix he won the prestigious Ian Maxwell coxes trophy, crowning him as the top cox of the event.
The women’s A crew came third. They earned the bronze by completely dominating UCT after Andrew Meiklejohn gave them the edge with a good line at bowside corner. The women’s B team came fourth in a hotly contested final against UCT.
Here is a summary of the results:
Men A: Sliver
Women A: Bronze
Women B: Fourth
Men’s B: Fourth
Men’s C: Second
Women C: Third
Finally, our very own Michelle Kotze receive the award for the fastest heavyweight woman. Her time was fast enough to break the old record set a few years back.
Murray Bales-Smith was also the fastest lightweight male, for both for the 5000m indoor rowing