First off were the novice VIIIs. The men had a good day, ending up in the semi-final where they unfortunately lost to UCL. However, they beat Barts & the London and KCL on their way there and have proven that there is still a lot to be fought for in UH winter sprints in January. The Girl’s had a tougher time and after holding Royal Holloway, for most of the course, eventually lost by less than a boat length.
Next up were the senior crews. The women’s 2nd VIII raced extremely well against but unfortunately were knocked out by a very strong crew from ICSM.
The men’s 2nd VIII had a good race and held UCL’s 2nd VIII, who went on to win the intermediate category, until the last 200m of their race where unfortunately they pulled away, knocking RUMS out.
The men’s 1st VIII beat Barts 1st VIII with seamless ease in their first race, but again UCL pipped RUMS to the post and they were knocked out in the semi-finals.
The women’s senior IV had a fantastic day beating one crew from KCL, who are always a strong club, only to be knocked out in the final by another KCL crew, who had just beaten UCL. They were however, extremely happy to make the final and put in a great performance.
The men’s senior IV put in a gutsy performance, knocking out St. George’s as they went into the final where again RUMS were knocked out by UCL despite leading at halfway.
The champions of the day were the Women’s 1st VIII who fought their way to the final, smashing both Vet’s and Imperial College crews. The final against George’s was one of the closest races we’ve seen on the tideway for a long time but the women gave everything and triumphed!
A huge congratulations to Hannah Orrell, Joy Schmidt, Jess Rankine, Leah Rosenbaum, Niamh Hanna, Rosie Howitt, Alice Taylor-Bennett, their cox – Naomi Gostelow, Alex Simmons – their brilliant coach and the women’s senior captain – Claire Rowden. The ladies take away the prestigious Lady Ann Redgrave Prize and a fist full of medals.
By Will Chambers