HEADINGTON School lost their championship crown, but still collected eight sets of medals at the National Schools Regatta, writes JOHN WIGGINS.

Winning medals on each of the three days at Eton Dorney Lake, the girls’ crews saw success from J14 to J18 and in both rowing and sculling.

As anticipated, the first eight had to settle for silver, losing out to last year’s runners-up, Henley RC, ending a run of nine years as the championship crew.

But they showed their strength in depth, winning the B final and collecting the gold medal for second eights.

Their other gold was in the J15 quad, raced over 1000m.

Headington also landed silver for the A octuple and bronze for their second boat, as well as picking up a further bronze in J14 quad scull.

Over the full 2000m, the J16 eight added bronze before four of that crew picked up another bronze in the J16 quad sculls.

St Edward’s School also had success.

The J16 boys pair boat scooped an impressive silver, but there was success when their J15 girls four won a dramatic gold medal.

After initially finishing second in a photo finish, an upheld claim for interference from third-placed Henley forced a re-row of the final.

This too needed a photo to separate the three crews but this time with the Teddies girls first over the line by 0.2 seconds.

Radley College came away with three silver medals from seven A finals courtesy of their first eight, third eight and J16 coxless four.

Abingdon School’s J16 eight were frustrated by the cross headwind that significantly slowed those in the more exposed lanes and finished with the bronze medal, adding to the silver for their J15 second eight.

Abingdon RC won the girls J15 quad, while Hinksey Sculling School secured fourth in the B finals for both their girls J15 quad and boys Championship pair.

City of Oxford enjoyed a C final win for their J14 girls quad and second place in the B final for their girls Championship double scull.

Wallingford’s J15 girls eight came sixth, in their final.

Meanwhile, the Oxford University College Summer eights saw new champions crowned.

Christ Church succumbed to the greater pace and power of the Keble men who greatly relished a return to the top, 41 years after their last title and only five since they were in the second division.

Wadham College’s women had been head of the river since 2014, but relinquished their crown to Pembroke, who had last held the title in 2012.

Nottingham City Regatta was a successful event for the Abingdon RC Masters squad who had a bumper haul of victorie.

They reiumphed in the masters E eights and double scull, as well as the D age category pairs and the older, masters F coxed fours.

At the same regatta, City of Oxford triumphed in the men’s coxless four and in the band 2 women’s double scull.

Falcon RC travelled to Monmouth with success for their J14 double scull and then in the quad.