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CUBC announces its crews for the 2018 British Rowing National Championships

CUBC will send an 18-strong contingent to this weekend’s British Rowing National Championships, to be held at Nottingham.

CUBC’s entries are headlined by the boat of the President, Dara Alizadeh (Hughes Hall) and Vice President, Freddie Davidson (Emmanuel), both returning Blues. Davidson will stroke a coxless four including 2016 Olympian Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk (Peterhouse) along with 2018 Goldie Callum Sullivan (Downing) whilst Alizadeh will sit at bow in this crew. The second CUBC four will be stroked by 2018 Goldie Reggie Mitchell (Trinity) with fellow Goldie David Bell (Homerton) in bow joined by Brown alumnus Grant Bitler (Hughes Hall). Moving his way through the Development Program and and the 2018 Spares race, Pembroke’s Jonty page will drive the second 4- from the 2 seat.

Chief Coach Rob Baker was buoyant about the squad’s chances, noting that “it’s always good to get out and race and see where we are. The competition is strong, but I’m confident our student-athletes will show well in their first racing of the season”.

Crews are listed below from stroke to bow:

Open 4-
Freddie Davidson* (Emmanuel) – BA Engineering
Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk (Peterhouse) – MPhil Management
Callum Sullivan^ (Downing) – BA Music
Dara Alizadeh* (Hughes Hall) – BA Education (President)

Open 4-
Reggie Mitchell^ (Trinity) – BA Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic
Grant Bitler (Hughes Hall) – MPhil Real Estate Finance
Jonty Page (Pembroke) – BA Engineering
David Bell^ (Homerton) – PhD Education

Open 4-
Rob Harris^ (Pembroke) – BA Engineering
Hugo Durward (Sidney Sussex) – BA Economics
Gerard Kuenning^ (Queens’) – PhD Land Economy
Tom Strudwick^ (Christ’s) – BA Computer Science

Open 4-
Phil Horton (Girton) – BA Engineering
Harry Sivills (Robinson) – BA Economics
Ben Dyer (Caius) – PhD Engineering
Tim Nugent (Jesus) – BA Engineering

Open 2x
Theo Weinberger (St. John’s) BA
Calum McRae (Caius) – BA History and Modern Languages


Racing will commence for CUBC with timetrials in the Open 2x at 1000, followed by timetrials in the Open 4- at 1100. These results will seed crews for semi-finals in the 2x from 1230, and in the 4- from 1250.

From these, CUBC crews will proceed to the finals in the 2x from 1430 and in the 4- from 1500.

Results will be posted on the rowresults website, and on the CUBC Twitter and Instagram feeds.