Tricia Smith revels in Cambridge University Women's Boat Club's triumph in the Women's Boat Race
Tricia Smith vowed to savour the moment after winning the Women’s Boat Race with Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club for a second successive year.
The 25-year-old Christ’s College student was the only returning Blue for Cambridge, occupying the bow seat again.
And the outcome was the same for Smith, who learnt to row at Cambridge, but there was a different feeling to 12 months ago.
“It was hard work, a little bit more pressure than last year. They didn’t move away as quickly as last year,” she said.
“The feeling is different every year, it’s still a good feeling. The immediate intensity of the win decreases with time but I think I’m going to feel really good for a long time."
Racing in the Women’s Boat Race for a second time - Smith was also a winner with Blondie in 2017 - did have its differences this year.
“Everything is different, you’ve got different people, you’re rowing a slightly different style, we had a change in the coaching programme, a change in what ergs we did so things were all different. You just have to believe you’re investing in the right way forward," she said.
“I think I had a bit more head space to enjoy the process. For me, it felt like it was over quite quickly this time - 18 minutes and 47 seconds passes quite quickly when you’re in the moment.
“It’s nice to be able to enjoy it. I don’t know if I will come back next year and, if I don’t, I’ve got to remember this feeling.”