Status quo at the top but crews make headway down the divisions in May Bumps

PUBLISHED: 16:52 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 15 June 2018

Lucy Cavendish W1 after Murray Edwards W1 on Thursday of the 2018 May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Lucy Cavendish W1 after Murray Edwards W1 on Thursday of the 2018 May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

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Lady Margaret and Jesus set the standard to be beaten

St Catharine's M3 continue their fall down the division after their bump by St Edmund's M2 on Thursday in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP PhotographicSt Catharine's M3 continue their fall down the division after their bump by St Edmund's M2 on Thursday in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

With two days gone and two to go, there is little change at the headship of the top divisions in the May Bumps.

Lady Margaret, in the men’s division, and Jesus, in the women’s standings, both rowed over on the opening two days.

Pembroke men have broken into the top three after an opening day bump of Pembroke, while Emmanuel are up one after catching Peterhouse, who are down to eight from sixth after being caught on the second day by Magdalene, who had bumped Jesus on the first day.

Emmanuel II have risen from sixth in Division Three to second, and there has been further good news for the college as their third boat has jumped from the top of Division Four to 16th in Division Three.

Caius M3 bump Darwin M2. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP PhotographicCaius M3 bump Darwin M2. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

In a hectic Division Four, there has been plenty of movement at the top, with Wolfson II the biggest beneficiaries, going from seventh to first, and Girton II are the biggest fallers, dropping from second to eighth.

Trinity Hall III are up into Division Four, having started day one in second in Division Five, while Magdalene IV have surged from 17th in Division Four all the way up to seventh.

Only Jesus have maintained the status quo in the women’s Division One.

It has been all change otherwise in the top 10, with Newnham up two to second, Emmanuel in third, Downing up one to fourth, Caius down two to fifth, Clare up one to sixth, Lady Margaret down one to seventh, Girton up one to eighth, First and Third up one to ninth and Christ’s down two to 10th.

Downing W2 & Corpus Christi W1 continue their struggle for supremacy in the lower part of the division W2 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP PhotographicDowning W2 & Corpus Christi W1 continue their struggle for supremacy in the lower part of the division W2 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

St Catherine’s are up into Division One, having started the May Bumps second in Division Two.

It is not until you get to fourth in Division Two that you get to the next crew to row over, which is King’s, giving an indication of how competitive the women’s divisions have been.

In fact, there are only two other crews, Queens’ II in 17th in Division Two and Clare IV in ninth in Division Four, to have rowed over for the first two days.

Pembroke, Homerton, Darwin, Wolfson, Emmanuel II, Lady Margaret II, St Catharine’s II Darwin II, Caius III, Trinity Hall IV and St Catharine’s IV will all be bidding to stay on course to earn their blades in the next two day’s racing.

Lady Margaret W2 chasing and bumping Caius W2 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP PhotographicLady Margaret W2 chasing and bumping Caius W2 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

The May Bumps continue today (Friday) and conclude tomorrow (Saturday, June 16).

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