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Lucy Cavendish Boat Club to go it alone in May Bumps

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Lucy Cavendish Boat Club rowers who will be taking part in the May Bumps. Picture: Kate Coghlan
Lucy Cavendish Boat Club rowers who will be taking part in the May Bumps. Picture: Kate Coghlan

Annual University of Cambridge contest on the River Cam starts today (Wednesday)

Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club will be venturing into new territory at the May Bumps, which start today (Wednesday).

In the summer of 2017, Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club came into its own by separating from Hughes Hall, and will be rowing alone for the first time in the bumps, with crews in divisions two and four.

Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club members Myriam Goudet-Boukhatmi and Olivia Jamrog will be in the first crew, alongside captain Joanna Walker, Rebecka Nordenlöw, lower boat captain Anne Sauviat, lower boat captain Lily Delimata, Georgina Anderson and cox Salma Elnagar.

The second crew is Julia Kozieł, Annika Brouwer, Melisa Kiraz, Karen Louise, Zoe Pot, Lou Leclère, Holly Nielsen, Yvonne Zivkovic and cox Sioned Davies.

Zivkovic said: “I first got into rowing when I cheered for my college crew during May Bumps in 2017, and decided I wanted to be part of it [the] next summer. The community vibe was just so much fun.”

Goudet-Boukhatmi has three Blues from the Women’s Boat Race, and was part of the winning crew in the past two years, and explains the difference in racing the two events.

“I really like rowing with Lucy Cavendish, after a hard winter with CUWBC it is the opportunity to share my experience in a very relaxed atmosphere,” she said.

“I can see myself in the more novice rowers, and it is a good reminder of where I came from and where I started.”

Maria Schacker is the vice-president of the boat club, and she said: “We are incredibly lucky to have our amazing Blues rower Myriam again who already rowed the past two sets of May Bumps with us.

“This year we are also joined by Blues rower Olivia. Having them both in the boat is absolutely fantastic.

“I will not be rowing in this year’s May Bumps but I still remember my first outing with Myriam two years ago and how terrified I was to make a fool of myself.

“But not only was it great to have her add some leg power to the boat, she is also an incredibly helpful and positive team member who tries to bring out the best rowing in every one of us, no matter how new we still are to rowing.”

At the other end of the spectrum is the second crew, who are pretty much all newbies.

“The girls have worked hard to improve their technique and fitness,” said cox Davies.

“I am also a complete novice and have loved the challenge of steering on the Cam. But seriously, it has been such a great experience rowing with such a brilliant bunch of girls.”

The May Bumps start today (Wednesday), with the final day of racing on Saturday.

The headship in the men’s division is currently held by Lady Margaret, and in the women’s division by Jesus.

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