Rowers reach finals

ASHLEIGH Peppernell, Lewis Hemphill and a Clarence Valley's girls Under-17 quad scull have progressed to finals at the Australian Rowing Championships in Tasmania.

Peppernell finished second in her semi-final in the girls' Under-17 single scull, while Rachael See finished third in her semi and narrowly missed a place in the final.

Lewis Hemphill also finished second in the boys' Under-17 single scull to qualify for the final and Brenton Ford missed out after placing third in his semi-final.

The girls' Under-17 quad ? See, Peppernell, Saxon Ramon, Steffanie Colgrave and cox Johanna Tarrant ? stamped themselves as definite medal contenders by winning their semi-final in brilliant style. The three finals will be held today on Lake Barrington.

Peppernell and Tess Garrand (Taree) and Hemphill and Ford won their respective heats of the Under-17 girls' and boys' double to qualify for the semi-finals, also scheduled for today.

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