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Guide to the Boat Race crews: Cambridge University Boat Club




CUBC fixture against Oxford Brookes. © Paul Sanwell (2019) OP Photographic. (8028503)
CUBC fixture against Oxford Brookes. © Paul Sanwell (2019) OP Photographic. (8028503)

Dara Alizadeh and Freddie Davidson are the returning Blues for Cambridge University Boat Club to face Oxford in the Boat Race on Sunday (April 7).

The pair were part of the Light Blues crew that beat their Dark Blue rivals by four lengths last year, and this time Alizadeh is back as CUBC president and 20-year-old Davidson will be earning his third Blue.

Much has been made of double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell becoming the oldest oarsman in the race aged 46, while further experience from the highest level comes from Poland's Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk, who was fifth in the single sculls final at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and has also taken part in the world championships.

Two oarsman make the step up from last year's victorious reserve crew Goldie - music student Callum Sullivan, who is the youngest member of the crew and who was part of the Goldie crew that lost in the final of the Prince Albert at Henley Royal Regatta last year, and Dave Bell, who made the main draw in the single sculls at Henley last summer.

Sam Hookway, who has raced in the eight at the Rowing World Cup and World Championships for Australia, and American Grant Bitler, a Brown University graduate, complete the oarsmen.

Matthew Holland will steer the crew, having previously coxed Cambridge University Women's Boat Club Blue boat to victory in 2017.

Here is a more detailed look at who will be wearing the Light Blue of Cambridge at 3.10pm on Sunday, April 7 - and clicking on the names will link to more detailed pieces about the oarsmen and cox.

Bow: David Bell

Age: 31

College: Homerton

Course: PhD education

Height: 186cm

Weight: 84.5kg

Dave Bell, the Cambridge University Boat Club bow seat. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Dave Bell, the Cambridge University Boat Club bow seat. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

No 2: James Cracknell

Age: 46

College: Peterhouse

Course: MPhil human evolutionary studies

Height: 193cm

Weight: 89.7kg

Boat Race 2019 James Cracknell at the Goldie Boathouse, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7910781)
Boat Race 2019 James Cracknell at the Goldie Boathouse, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7910781)

No 3: Grant Bitler

Age: 23

College: Hughes Hall

Course: MPhil in real estate finance

Height: 199cm

Weight: 95.8kg

No 4: Dara Alizadeh

Age: 25

College: Hughes Hall

Course: Education, policy and international development

Height: 194cm

Weight: 91kg

Cambridge University Boat Club president Dara Alizadeh. Picture: Rich Marsham
Cambridge University Boat Club president Dara Alizadeh. Picture: Rich Marsham

No 5: Callum Sullivan

Age: 19

College: 195cm

Course: Music BA

Height: 195cm

Weight: 88.2kg

Callum Sullivan, the Cambridge University Boat Club No 5 seat. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Callum Sullivan, the Cambridge University Boat Club No 5 seat. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

No 6: Sam Hookway

Age: 28

College: Peterhouse

Course: MPhil in medical science (surgery)

Height: 197cm

Weight: 89kg

Sam Hookway, the Cambridge University Boat Club No 6 seat. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Sam Hookway, the Cambridge University Boat Club No 6 seat. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

No 7: Freddie Davidson

Age: 20

College: Emmanuel

Course: Engineering

Height: 190cm

Weight: 85.8kg

Cambridge Boat Race 2018 Men's crew Freddie Davidson . Picture: Keith Heppell. (8291396)
Cambridge Boat Race 2018 Men's crew Freddie Davidson . Picture: Keith Heppell. (8291396)

Stroke: Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk

Age: 24

College: Peterhouse

Course: MPhil in management

Height: 203cm

Weight: 94.3kg

Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk, the Cambridge University Boat Club stroke. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic (8138842)
Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk, the Cambridge University Boat Club stroke. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic (8138842)

Cox: Matthew Holland

Age: 21

College: Gonville & Caius

Course: Natural sciences

Height: 169cm

Weight: 53.6kg

Matthew Holland, the Cambridge University Boat Club cox. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Matthew Holland, the Cambridge University Boat Club cox. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Oxford have made two changes to their crew since the official announcement at City Hall in March.

Benedict Aldous, who himself was a late change in the Blue boat last year, has been replaced by Charlie Buchanan, who will row in the No 7 seat.

And Anna Carbery has been replaced in the cox’s seat by Toby de Mendonca.

Oxford crew: Bow Charlie Pearson, Ben Landis, Achim Harzheim, Patrick Sullivan, Tobias Schroder, Felix Drinkall, Charlie Buchanan, stroke Augustin Wambersie, cox Toby de Mendonca.



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