Light Blue Legacy: Alumnae at the World Cup II in Poznan

This weekend  five CUWBC alumnae were representing three countries at World Rowing’s World Cup II in Poznan, Poland. Two earned medals in their events, with all crews taking part in close racing at the highest level.


Ida Gørtz Jacobsen (BB ‘19, Newnham College), sat at bow of the Danish Women’s Coxless Four, leading the crew across the line to a gold medal during Sunday’s A finals in 06:52.880. Previously, Ida stroked the Coxless Four at last year’s World Championship to a fourth place finish. Ida says about Sunday’s final,

‘The race was a tough one. Having won both our heat and our semifinal, we knew that there was a possibility that we could win if we executed well. Despite wind gusts and pressure on the far side from the Chinese crew, we managed to stay internal, which paid off in the final stages. We had only been rowing this combination for ten days before arriving in Poznan, so being the first to cross the line was definitely a thrill.


Olivia Coffey (BB ‘18, Homerton College) stroked the USA Women’s Eight to a silver medal at this weekend’s World Cup in a time of 06:27.740. Liv also stroked the US Women’s Eight to a World Championship gold last year in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Previous to Cambridge, Liv won World Championships for the United States in the Women’s Coxless Four and the Women’s Quad Scull.


Great Britain

Holly Hill (BB ‘17, Downing College), represented Great Britain in the Women’s Coxless Four coming first in the B Final and seventh overall with a time of 07:10.740. This was not her first international appearance, as Holly has competed for GB in the last two World Championships. At the 2017 World Championships, Holly and Cambridge teammate Melissa Wilson came fourth in the Women’s Pair, and at last year’s World Championship, Holly stepped into the Women’s 8+, where Great Britain came sixth.


Imogen Grant (BB ‘18, Trinity College), competing for Team GB, moved from last year’s Lightweight Women’s 1x into the Lightweight Women’s 2x, the Olympic crew for that weight class. She and partner Eleanor Piggott, an Oxford alumna, came in 2nd place in the B final for 8th overall with a time of 07:40.870. At last year’s U23 World Championships, Imogen won the Lightweight Women’s 1x, as well as coming in third in the same event at that year’s Senior World Championship.


Oonagh Cousins (Blondie ‘17, Caius College) has rowed with University of London since her graduation from Cambridge. This weekend she made her Senior international rowing debut, having previously come sixth in the Women’s Coxless Four at the 2017 U23 World Championships. At this World Cup, she raced in the Women’s Pair with Oxford alumna Anatasia Posner. The duo came third in Saturday’s D final in a time of 07:51.760.

Make sure you follow the Light Blues at the World Rowing World Cup III, Rotterdam 12th to 14th July