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Success for Cambridge University Women's Boat Club at Women's Eights Head of the River Race

By Cambridge Independent Reporter

Cambridge University Womens Boat Club lightweight crew to race at the Henley Boat Races.
Cambridge University Womens Boat Club lightweight crew to race at the Henley Boat Races.

Cambridge 99 crews also produce top performances on the Tideway

Cambridge University were the fastest University crew for the fourth consecutive year in the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race last Saturday.

As they step up their preparations for the Cancer Research UK Boat Races on Saturday, March 24, the Light Blues sent three crews to contest the annual event.

The first crew clocked 18min 50.2sec to finish second overall, behind Leander A, and won their category.

Thea Zabell, who was in the No 4 seat, said: “Our performance was a good reflection of our strengths and also gives us an idea of what focuses we should take into the last couple of weeks in the lead up to the Boat Race.”

Reserve crew Blondie were eighth overall, the highest second-placed crew from any club, and Pippa Dakin said: “We produced a great performance coming eighth overall and first second VIII, giving us confidence that we are racing well for two weeks’ time.”

A third eight featuring openweight spares and student rowers who are part of the CUWBC development squad were 42nd out of the 319 crews.

Cambridge 99 Rowing Club finished well inside the top 150.

The first crew of Abbey Child, Chrysa Litina, Sara Bastiani, Josie Harries, Agnes Bolinska, Klaske van Marrum, Guinevere Woolstenhulme, Linda Kitching and cox Sebastian Hathaway completed the 6.8km course in 22min 4.9sec to place 116th.

The second boat were 185th, finishing the race in 22.58.2

In the Head of the River Race on Sunday, Cambridge 99’s crew of Karel Kabelik, Rob Sargent, Alex Shaw, Will Young, Rhidian Maltby, Friso van Gan, Nick Thorn, Nick Richardson and cox Sammi Tarling were 77th out of more than 300 boats, in 19.31.6. The men’s second crew finished in 20.28.5 and the third boat were 21.12.6.

Club captain Josie Harries said: “It is fantastic to see the hard work that the squads have put into winter training paying off in these races and I am proud of our achievements as a club.

“I am really looking forward to seeing continuing success for Nines over the summer regatta season.”

CUWBC have named their lightweight crew to take on Oxford at the Henley Boat Races this Sunday (March 18) at 3.30pm.

Newnham College’s Ellie Thompson will stroke a crew which features Naomi Pygott (Peterhouse), Olivia Hamilton (Magdalene), Rebecca Hartwell (Queens’), Miriam Apsley (Christ’s), Lucy Harris (Queens’), Debs Oakley (Darwin), Victoria Walker (Gonville & Caius) and cox Stephanie Payne (Trinity Hall).


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