STRATFORD Boat Club crews impressed at the Junior National Rowing Championships at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.
The J14 (13 to 14 years of age) had to compete in a skills event the day before the regatta if they wished to race.
All of the Stratford J14 girls’ squad competed in windy and sometimes rainy conditions and everyone in either single or double sculls completed the course successfully, even though the lightest athletes (50kg) were blown about somewhat.
Autumn Keil was the most successful athlete in a single as she finished 12th out of a field of 65.
Khloe Curnock with Gracie Mitchell and Molly Gill-Swift with Katie Phillips finished 15th and 17th respectively among a fleet of 45 boats.
Two WJ14 crews raced in the time trial on Saturday when Gill-Swift, Phillips and Keil formed a composite crew with Evesham and finished 15th.
The Stratford crew of Curnock, Jessica Wiesheu, Emily Browne, Katie Wellstead and cox Mimi Hill finished fourth to take them into the semi-final.
From there, they progressed to the final in which they sculled supremely in the most exciting 2,000m race to finish fifth, only seven seconds from the bronze medal position.