Guide to the Boat Race crews: Cambridge University Boat Club
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
Course: PhD education
Course: MPhil human evolutionary studies
No 3: Grant Bitler
College: Hughes Hall
Course: MPhil in real estate finance
College: Hughes Hall
Course: Education, policy and international development
No 5: Callum Sullivan
Course: Music BA
No 6: Sam Hookway
Course: MPhil in medical science (surgery)
Course: MPhil in management
College: Gonville & Caius
Course: Natural sciences
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Benedict Aldous, who himself was a late change in the Blue boat last year, has been replaced by Charlie Buchanan, who will row in the No 7 seat.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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