Last weekend saw 7 of the current CUWBC Squad attending the 1st GB Rowing Team Assessment in Boston and 10 of the lightweight women racing at the Isle of Ely Small Boats Head.
In Boston, Imogen Grant (Trinity) set the standard during the 2k ergo test being the fastest lightweight by nearly 6 seconds. This exceptional performance was carried through to the water assessment on the Sunday where Imogen had the fastest second half to be the fastest U23 sculler, and achieve 2nd place overall, just 2 seconds behind the lead lightweight sculler.
Emma Andrews (Pembroke) was racing in the openweight single sculls category, and finished a very promising 13th overall in the water assessment, the 6th placed U23 sculler.
Meanwhile, Pippa Dakin, who learned to row with her College, Newnham, last year achieved a 20 second personal best on the ergo test on Saturday. On Sunday, Pippa teamed up with Millie Perrin (Trinity) in the coxless pairs where they were the fastest all-U23 pair, and 6th overall. Speaking after the race, Pippa said:
“I really enjoyed my first time at the British Trials and had a weekend I was proud of! On the 2k ergo test on Saturday I managed to achieve a significant PB which gave me real confidence going into the 5k water test the next day. Sunday was my first time racing in a pair (and stroking!) and Millie and I were really pleased with our performance!”
Meanwhile, in Ely, the CUWBC Lightweight Squad was racing a 5km course on home water. CUWBC Lightweight Captain, Ellie Thompson (Newnham) was the fastest CUWBC athlete over the course with Naomi Pygott (Peterhouse) in 2nd place, and winner of the “beginner” category. Naomi learned to row with her College Boat Club in Cambridge, and was in CUWBC’s Development Squad earlier this year.
There was also success for CUWBC Alumni at both events. At the GB Trials, Fran Rawlins (CUWBC Lightweight 8 2007, 2008) was the fastest lightweight in the 5k water assessment, and in Ely, Georgie Plunkett (CUWBC Lightweight 8 2011) was the fastest women’s sculler.
CUWBC will next be racing on Sunday 12 November at the Fours Head of the River Race in London with 6 crews from the openweight squad and 1 crew from the lightweight squad.