UCD’s Under-23 athletes came out top in the Mens 4- and 2- at The Irish Open trials last weekend, with Paul O’Donovan winning the Mens 1x and Mens 2x.
Paul was 3 seconds faster than his brother Gary in the Mens 1x, with the two combining to win the Mens 2x by 6 seconds over Skibbereen.
David O’Malley and Shane Mulvaney won the Mens 2- event, finishing 12 seconds ahead of the Senior Trinity crew, with Ross Thompson and Eoin Gleeson winning the B final. These pairs then combined to win the Mens 4-, beating the Senior entry from Trinity/UCD.
UCD Ladies Boat Club’s Aileen Crowley and Eimear Lambe won the Womens 2- before joining up with Fermoy and QULBC to win the Womens 4x.
Sanita Puspure of Old Collegians had commanding wins in both the Womens 1x and Womens 2x.
Rowing: Paul O’Donovan won the final of the single sculls at the Irish Open, the first trial of the new season at the National Rowing Centre today. The World Champion in the lightweight single sculls did not have the fastest time in his heat, but only his Olympic crewmate and brother Gary tested him in the final.
Rowing: Paul and Gary O’Donovan won the doubles final at the Irish Open Regatta at the National Rowing Centre today. The Olympic silver medallists were given a tough race by Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan, who led coming up to half way, only to see the O’Donovan brothers find a new gear to move away and win well.