Housam close to the final

Harriet Housam.
Harriet Housam.

Boston Rowing Club’s Harriet Housam reached the semi-finals of the National Schools Regatta, held at the National Watersports Centre.

She was competing in the Internationals’ Cup Championship Girls Single Sculls (ChG1X).

In the early morning proccessional time trial over 1,800m held at Nottingham on Saturday, Harriet kept to her structured race plan by getting off to a strong start.

She kept pressure on her rivals, having overtaken one boat by the 500m stage.

Housam held position and finished in 7 mins 18.34 secs, enough for ninth out of 16 of Britain’s top junior girls.

This result ensured Housam’s place in the afternoon semi-final, where only the first three of six would book their place in the final.

In an enthralling race, which saw a fantastic battle for the third, Housam fought for the full 2,000m alongside Lauren Kedar of Reading and Louise Bowyer from Warrington after Jess Leyden (Hollingworth Lake) and Bridget Jacques (Belfast) pulled ahead after 1,000m.

With 500m to go, Housam pulled a couple of boat lengths from Bowyer and was bow ball to bow ball with Kedar.

Both finished strongly but the Reading sculler took Harriet by a boat length, the Bostonian finishing in 8 mins 18.92 secs.

Training and events will continue for Housam over the summer ahead of the final GB junior trials at Caversham in July.

Boston rowers will compete at the Peterborough Regatta this weekend.