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Cambridge 99 and Cambridge University Women's Boat Club earn first-place finishes in Quintin Head




Cambridge 99 women's first crew, from left, Sebb Hathaway, Isabelle Ascah-Coallier, Gemma Douglas, Louise Fairclough, Elena Williams, Chrysa Litina, Anna Willis, Michaela Spitzer and Christina Champion. Picture: Elena Williams (6832185)
Cambridge 99 women's first crew, from left, Sebb Hathaway, Isabelle Ascah-Coallier, Gemma Douglas, Louise Fairclough, Elena Williams, Chrysa Litina, Anna Willis, Michaela Spitzer and Christina Champion. Picture: Elena Williams (6832185)

Pennants were the order of the day for Cambridge crews competing on the Tideway in the Quintin Head.

Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club made it back-to-back wins in the Championship Eight category, while another one of their crews was victorious in the Senior Eight event, with their lightweights finishing fourth.

Sophie Deans, stroke of the Championship Eight crew, said on the CUWBC website: "It was a successful day with our two Openweight women’s eights winning the Championship 8 and Senior 8 divisions. Quintin Head gave us another great opportunity to practice racing on the Tideway and managing strong wind conditions.

"The Quintin Head course is the Championship Boat Race course in reverse, finishing just after Hammersmith Bridge. Since it is a shortened course, we knew the race would be over quickly and sooner than we expected, so we had a plan to go out hard with an aggressive start.

"We maintained this aggressive, strong rhythm well throughout the piece and it was a really fun race despite the freezing conditions. We are proud of our effort but also excited to get back to work this week as there is always room for further improvement.

"Our second entry into the Senior 8 category was the lightweight women’s crew, who came an incredible fourth in a competitive openweight field. They continued to focus on mastering the tricky water on the Tideway as they prepare for some race fixtures and practice pieces here in the next few weeks."

Cambridge 99 men's crew were the fastest eight in the Open Intermediate class.

The crew of Sam Philpott, Karel Kabelik, Andrew Marsden, Alex Shaw, Will Young, Matt Moor, Nick Thorn, Adam Wright and cox Sammi Tarling clocked 12min 33.9sec.

The men’s second boat of cox Jonathon Anderson, Friso van Gent, William Styles, Ashley Mander, Nathan Randall, Richard Meadows, Alistair Martin, Josh Butler and Edward Erelt were sixth in a strong category in 13min 46.8sec.

The women’s first boat consisting of Anna Willis, Elena Williams, Gemma Douglas, captain Chrysa Litina, Michaela Spitzer, Louise Fairclough, Isabelle Ascah-Coallier and cox Sebb Hathaway were third in their category in 15min 00.2sec, making an impressive overtake under Hammersmith Bridge.

Cambridge 99 club captain Richard Kirkland said: “Quintin has been the first Tideway experience of the season for the eights and has demonstrated the depth we have developed in the squad over the past months.

“These results demonstrate our commitment to represent club and Cambridge rowing at the big events as we move toward the key HoRR and WeHoRR events in March.”



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