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PLC wins head of the river
PLC winning the annual head of the river regatta at Champion Lakes. Picture: Sarah Thompson

Presbyterian Ladies College has capped off a remarkable season in rowing winning the annual head of the river regatta at Champion Lakes in Armadale this morning.

The college has never won the blue ribbon event but decimated the field to win by four lengths in a time of 7 minutes 03.70 seconds from Methodist Ladies, Perth College, St Hildas and Penrhos.

After dominating every lead-up regatta of the season, PLC went into the head of the river a favourite and delivered with an emphatic performance against the two schools that have dominated every previous regatta - MLC and Perth College.

MLC were looking at their fourth straight win while Perth College have always been fierce rivals.

Coach David Milne said the crew stuck to the plan they have been executing with great success all season.

"They had to start solidly because everyone went out strongly from the start," he said.

"The first 500 meters was very strong and they kept building on that through the next 1000 metres and holding on to the end."

Milne said it has been a fantastic year and has provided an excellent base for the future.

PLC restructured its rowing program five years ago and the current first eight crew has shown the benefit.

PLC also won the overall trophy with 1386 points from Perth College (1057), Penrhos (728), MLC (696), St Hildas (557), John XXIII (54).

The second eight was also won by PLC from Perth College and PLC's third crew.

PLC first eight crew:

Natasha Gay, Kate Mannolini, Emily Mantle, Rebecca Duker, Jessamy Burton, Andie Sones, Kailey Creeger, Ellen Kennedy, Elinor Scott (cox).

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