4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze for CUWBC at BUCS Regatta

CUWBC won 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the BUCS Regatta this weekend with medals in Championship, Lightweight and Beginner Categories.

With the 2 bronze medals won by CUBC, Cambridge finished 6th in the medal table, behind clubs who had significantly more crews racing.

The first of the medals came from Pippa Dakin (Newnham) and Millie Perrin (Trinity) who won SILVER in the Championship coxless pairs. The duo joined forces with Kelsey Barolak (Homerton) and Laura Foster (Queens’) along with Cox Hena McGhee (Jesus) on Monday to win GOLD in the Championship Coxed Four. Speaking after the weekend, Millie Perrin said:

“I had an amazing time racing at BUCS. One of the main reasons that I row is because I love to race, and the opportunity to do this in the small boats was great! The Boat Race is an incredible and iconic race, but equally there is nothing quite like the feeling of side by side multilane racing. The noise and adrenaline that you experience down the course is both challenging and exciting, and this was especially true of the pairs final on Saturday.”

Pippa Dakin, Laura Foster, Kelsey Barolak, Millie Perrin (cox) Hena McGhee GOLD medallists in Championship Coxed Fours

Imogen Grant (Trinity) was also a double medallist, winning GOLD in the Championship Lightweight Single Sculls on the Saturday, finishing over 10 seconds ahead of 2nd place. On the Monday, Imogen and Olivia Coffey (Homerton) won BRONZE in the Championship Double Sculls.

Imogen Grant leading the final of Championship Lightweight Single Sculls

The CUWBC Development Squad which is led by CUWBC Coach Patrick Ryan were racing in the Beginner Coxed Fours on Sunday. The crew led their race from the start and win GOLD finishing comfortably ahead of Edinburgh. Catherine Walker (Caius) said:

“Racing at BUCS with the Development Squad was a really exciting experience, I never thought when I started rowing in October I’d be getting the chance to represent Cambridge at the end of the year. The preparation provided insight into  the standard of rowing and training at CUWBC, and the coaching we received meant we all made significant progress in the lead up to the race. It was great to come away from the day with a gold medal to top the whole experience off. Thank you to Paddy and CUWBC for the coaching and opportunity to race.”

The final GOLD for CUWBC came from Louise Brett (Fitzwilliam) and Jess Godden (Emmanuel). The duo who had been in the reserve crew at Henley Boat Races, coached by Matthew Holland, came 2nd in the time trial in the morning so progressed directly to the Final A. They raced in a mature fashion in the final, leading from the start, and finishing 2 seconds ahead of Newcastle University.

Louise Brett & Jess Godden winners of GOLD in Championship Lightweight Pairs

Full results from BUCS Regatta can be seen here.