Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club had 7 athletes invited to the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials at the weekend.
6 of CUWBC’s scholar-athletes competed in both the women’s pair and lightweight women’s single scull categories. An injury sadly forced a last minute withdrawal for Oonagh Cousins (Gonville & Caius)
The trials took place at British Rowing’s National Training Centre in Caversham, Reading where the athletes raced a time trial on Saturday morning. All of the CUWBC crews finished in the top 12 so progressed to semi-finals that afternoon and finals on Sunday morning.
Holly Hill (Downing) and Melissa Wilson (Lucy Cavendish), pictured above, had spent time on the GB Rowing Team Senior Training Camp in Italy following the Boat Race and produced a very impressive result at these trials finishing second overall.
Speaking after the final, Holly & Melissa said:
“The first 500m of the final was a little hairy as we were dropped off the start by almost all the crews! But we hit our stride and were 4th through 500m. The rhythm felt right and the rowing felt horizontal and driven so we just held fast to what we had and ended up creeping back through the other boats.
“Coming 2nd was absolutely brilliant. I’m really proud of the fight we put up and the confidence that we had in each other to keep going and not get flustered when we initially found ourselves off the pace.”
Imogen Grant (Trinity) represented CUWBC in the lightweight women’s single scull where she came up against Rio Olympians and World Champions. Imogen, who learned to row at Cambridge University, finished an impressive 3rd place in the ‘B final’, ranking her comfortably among her “U23” colleagues.
Alice White (Homerton) teamed up with Emily Ford from Newcastle University Boat Club in the women’s pair. Following a strong 6th place finish in the time trial, they narrowly missed out on booking a slot in the ‘A final’, but led the ‘B final from the start, winning by over 3 seconds.
The pair of Thea Zabell (Downing) and Lucy Pike (Trinity Hall) both learned to row with their College Boat Clubs at Cambridge University and joined CUWBC through our Development Squad. With the ‘A final’ being filled with Senior Squad, Thea and Lucy raced well in the ‘B final’ among the U23-level competitors.
All photos (C) Naomi Baker Sport Photography.