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Holly Hill and Melissa Wilson fly the flag for Cambridge University at GB Rowing Team Senior and Under-23 Trials


By CambridgeIndependent Reporter


Ollie Cook and Lance Tredell during the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials 2017 at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing lake in Caversham, Reading. On the 15th of April 2017. Picture: Naomi Baker
Ollie Cook and Lance Tredell during the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials 2017 at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing lake in Caversham, Reading. On the 15th of April 2017. Picture: Naomi Baker

Light Blues converge on Caversham

Holly Hill and Melissa Wilson took the runners-up spot at the GB Rowing Team Senior and Under-23 Trials.

There has been no rest for the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club duo as after their victory in the Women’s Boat Race they went on a training camp with the national squad, before heading to the trials at Caversham.

Having eased into the final, they clocked 7min 22.45sec to finish second to Leander’s Karen Bennett and Holly Norton, who timed 7.19.07.

“You’d think racing 2km on a lake would be easier [than 7km on the Thames] but our preparation has mostly been about working out how the pair moves differently [to the eight],” said Wilson.

“The first time we got in it, it felt quite unstable. But quickly we felt like we were making some progress. It’s good to be able to represent Cambridge again.”

Fellow Light Blue Alice White, who was partnered by Newcastle University’s Emily Ford, won the B final in 7.36.31. Thea Zabell and Lucy Pike were sixth.

Bar Hill-based Imogen Grant, who was also in the victorious Blue boat, was third in the lightweight women’s single sculls B final in 8.11.38. London Olympics gold medalist Kat Copeland won the A final.

Cambridge University Boat Club president Lance Tredell partnered Oxford University’s Oliver Cook in the men’s pair, and they finished fourth in the final in 6.37.85 as Moe Sbihi and Will Satch were first.

“It was good [rowing with Ollie] – he’s a good friend and a good oarsman,” said Tredell.

“We’ve rowed together before, but it was strange that a couple of weeks ago we were rivals in the Boat Race for opposite clubs. It was good to come back together and we’ve been progressing all the time over the last few weeks.

“[Trials] was a different challenge. The preparation for the Boat Race was pretty intense and the race itself was particularly intense, so there was a small recuperation period [afterwards], and then we were straight into the small boat [at camp], which is very different to the eight.”



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