Oarsome' Cambridge University rowers achieve first clean sweep in 25 years
Day of delight for Cambridge University Women's Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club adds to the joy of the lightweights
A feat that was a quarter of a century in the making was completed by Cambridge University rowers on the Tideway.
Not since 1993 have the Light Blues had a rowing whitewash over Oxford, but that is exactly what was achieved following their wins on the Thames.
After successes for Cambridge’s men’s and women’s lightweight Blue boats at the Henley Boat Races the previous weekend, as well as victory for the men’s lightweight reserves, their openweight contemporaries added to the winners’ roll call.
In the Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race, Cambridge’s Blue boat was triumphant by seven lengths, while reserve crew Blondie earned a nine-length success over Osiris.
The men’s reserve crew Goldie beat Oxford rivals Isis by two-and-a-half lengths, and then centre stage fell on the Cancer Research UK Boat Race, where the men romped to a three-length win over Oxford in Steve Trapmore’s final race as head coach after eight years before going to become high performance coach with GB.
“It’s been an absolutely fantastic year, we’ve had a great squad,” said Cambridge University Women’s Boat club president Daphne Martschenko, who was in Blondie.
“Rob [Baker, the CUWBC chief coach] and Patrick Ryan [the CUWBC assistant coach] have been a great team, and we’re really, really happy with the rewards.
“It’s been a quarter of a century since a Cambridge clean sweep so it’s a really exciting day and we’re really proud of our performances.
“We came into this season wanting to repeat last year’s performance and leave a legacy that would be remembered and I think we did that.
“We have a very deep squad, we’ve got a lot of depth. We have people who have learned to row at Cambridge, learned to row at school, learned to row internationally and we all came together with one mission to go out and achieve success.”
Rob Baker, the CUWBC head coach, said: “I think it’s the first time since 1993 we’ve won all of those races, so it’s pretty big.
“A big shout to Steve who is leaving the men’s team. We have been working together for a good few years now and I was just so happy that we were both victorious with our crews.”
Another significant piece of history achieved by Cambridge was that it is the first time they have won both the men’s and women’s rugby Varsity Matches – which was achieved in December – and the two Boat Races in the same academic year.