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Boat Race 2022: Meet the Cambridge University Boat Club men’s crew to face Oxford

Boat Race 2022 crew announcement . Picture: Keith Heppell. (55291153)
Boat Race 2022 crew announcement . Picture: Keith Heppell. (55291153)

A crew with vast Olympic and World Championship experience has been named by Cambridge University Boat Club for the 167th Men's Boat Race on Sunday, April 3.

At the announcement for the Gemini Boat Race in central London, stroke man Ollie Parish is the one returning rowing Blue from last year's victorious crew, and he is joined by president Charlie Marcus who coxed them to the win on the River Great Ouse last year.

Olympic bronze medallists Ollie Wynne-Griffith and Tom George are in the engine room for Cambridge, James Hunter raced for New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the lightweight men's four that finished fourth, and Simon Schuerch competed for Switzerland at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the lightweight men's four.

James Bernard steps up from last year's victorious reserve Goldie crew, Luca Ferraro was in the men's spare pair in 2021, while George Finlayson has raced for Australia under-23s.

Marcus, who is studying engineering at Trinity College, said: “We have had a strong year so far with good results both at racing and internal testing. We have a very close knit group of guys this year and have worked well together. The training quality has been high and we've also made sure to enjoy the experience along the way—something that can often be missed in a Boat Race campaign.

“The calibre of athletes is as high as it has ever been and as such the Blue boats will be two of the fastest line-ups the Boat Race has ever seen. This makes it an exciting year and I'm looking forward to April 3."

Cambridge chief coach Rob Baker said: “Crew announcement is an exciting time for all involved. Whilst those selected know it’s still a month to the race and anything can happen, it is still one of the key points in the season and great to be able to visualise your opposite number."

Cambridge currently lead the way with 85 wins to Oxford's 80, with one dead heat in 1877, and this year's men's race will take place at 3.23pm, with the men's reserve race at 2.53pm.

Oxford men’s crew has five British crew members, with only one former Blue, stroke man Tobias Schröder Cox Jack Tottem is making his Boat Race debut, British sculler and 2020 Olympic Silver medallist, Angus Groom sits in the seven seat fellow GB Olympian and Bronze medallist Charlie Elwes sits at six. Former Harvard rower, HRR winner and British U23 Gold and Silver medallist David Ambler sits at two.

Swiss Olympians Roman Röösli and Barnabé Delarze are sat at five and three. American Olympian and Harvard alum Liam Corrigan sits in the Bow seat and Australian U23 International Jack Robertson a former Cal Berkeley undergraduate completes the line up.

Cambridge men: Bow Luca Ferraro (King’s), Jamie Hunter (St Catharine’s), George Finlayson (Peterhouse), Simon Schuerch (St Edmund’s), Ollie Wynne-Griffith (Peterhouse), Tom George (Peterhouse), James Bernard (St Edmund’s), stroke Ollie Parish (Peterhouse), cox Charlie Marcus (Trinity).

Oxford men: Bow Liam Corrigan (Oriel), David Ambler (Jesus), Barnabe Delarze (Christ Church), Jack Robertson (Green Templeton), Roman Roosli (St Peter’s), Charlie Elwes (Oriel), Angus Groom (St Catherine’s), stroke Tobias Schroder (Exeter), cox Jack Tottem (Brasenose).

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