Rowing: Batten retains her crown

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Guin Batten of the Leander Club retained her open singles sculls title on the final day of the Women's Regatta here yesterday. A member of the British quad sculls team that won silver at the Sydney Olympics, Batten led all her races from start to finish using her strength and power into the strong headwind.

American crews won all four eights events a first in the 16 years of the Regatta. Kingston Grammar School put up a strong fight against the Holy Spirit High School, of the United States, in the school junior event but lost by two lengths. The closest race was in the club quad sculls where Marlow rode through the Scottish composite from Aberdeen/Castle Semple to win by half a length.

Natasha Page won the junior sculls event while Isabella Lindholt and Caroline Barrett took the junior doubles title.