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Grange School Rowing Club's Scott Ozsanlav-Harris is fastest at GB Rowing trial for juniors
A TEENAGER from Grange School Rowing Club captured the attention of national team selectors at a trial for juniors last weekend.
Scott Ozsanlav-Harris was fastest among the under 16s boys in a single scull over a 5,000m course at Boston, more than half a minute ahead of his closest rival.
“He had a flier,” said coach Graham Jump.
“Scott is strong, and a competitor we always felt had something extra. The scary thing is that there’s more to come yet.”
The following day, Ozsanlav-Harris combined with Northwich Rowing Club’s Harry Blake in a double that was second only to an unbeaten duo from Marlow.
The mid Cheshire tandem’s time, 17:57.8, was within five seconds of the victors, who clocked 17:52.6
Blake was 15th fastest in the under 16s boys’ singles.
Grange School pupils Alice Gooda and Katherine Owen competed in a single and a double in the under 16s girls’ class, performing better in the latter with an eighth place finish.
“It was a steep learning curve for them,” said Jump.
“Both were nervous in the singles, but rowed much better together the next day.
Northwich also sent Finn Lawton to test himself against the best of the rest in the under 18s boys’ class.
He rowed with Runcorn Rowing Club’s Henry Pettinger-Harte on the first day, placing eighth after completing the course in 17:51.0.
Jack Kidd (Trentham) joined him in a boat the following morning and, despite a faster time, they were ninth quickest.
“Both were good performances but perhaps not enough to move to the next stage,” said coach Jed Barlow.
“However Finn will keep going, attempting to do better at the following trial at Eton in April.”
GB Rowing will host its junior team trial at the London Olympic Games venue Dorney Lake on Sunday, April 28.