"That intense rush of emotions was something I'll never forget."
Those were the words of Freya Neville who captained Kinross to its most successful NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River campaign in the school's history.
The rowing championships saw Kinross take out the Overall Senior Point Score Trophy, the Schoolgirl 1st VIII Trophy and the Schoolgirl Four Trophy.
Neville took part in the 1st VIII win, the first in the school's history.
"The expectation was not tremendously high but we all knew that deep down we could push through and do it this time," she said.
"We felt as the flagship of the Kinross rowing team, it motivated us quite a bit actually to go for the win.
"It was nice to bring a bit of glory, a bit of history into the regatta. Credit to all the other girls that rowed that day, it was incredible."
The 1st VIII team went hard early and established a lead after the first 500 metres. From there on it was neck and neck between the top four for the final 1,500 metres.
It came down to a final push from Kinross who managed to grab the win by a miniscule 0.36 seconds over second placed Queenwood.
"We were just thinking we only had ten more strokes and to push the hell out of it," Neville added.
"Initially I was super worried and not too sure if we won. It took me half a second to realise. I looked over at the Queenwood eight and we were slightly in front and it was exhilarating. That was probably one of the hardest eights races I've ever been in.
"We've had some good eights in the past but this is the first one in several years that has achieved big and it was nice to see the little kids cheering from the bank.
"That was the most joy I've felt all season."
The NSW Schoolboy Head of the River the day prior also saw some good results for Kinross, with the Year 10 schoolboy VIII winning silver. The schoolboy 1st VIII also brought home a bronze medal.
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