Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club enjoyed a very successful Henley Women’s Regatta this weekend with all three boats making their finals and two coming away with prestigious Henley medals.
The club’s racing began with Hannah Roberts (Jesus) and Myriam Goudet (Lucy Cavendish) who were racing in the Elite coxless pairs. Hannah and Myriam beat Exeter University in the opening round to book their place in the semi-final where they were drawn against Oxford University Women’s Boat Club. The ‘dark blue’ duo of Lauren Kedar and Maddy Badcott who were the stern pair of this years Oxford Blue Boat, had got the better of Cambridge at the BUCS Regatta in May, but this time Hannah and Myriam showed strong composure and won the semi-final by 1 length. The final saw the Cambridge pair come up against an experienced composite from Reading RC and Oxford University who have been training together towards this year’s World University Championships. Despite a very strong row by the Cambridge pair, the composite took the honours in the final.
Imogen Grant (Trinity) and Ellie Hopgood (Girton) stepped on from their silver medal in the lightweight pair at BUCS Regatta to win the Parkside Trophy at Henley Women’s Regatta for elite lightweight pairs. The duo came up against an experienced pair from the Lea Rowing Club in the final. Imogen and Ellie were down off the start but after steering a much better course than their opposition managed to row through them and eventually win the race with a verdict of “easily”. The win bodes well for the lightweight pair who will race in the same boat at the European Universities Games next month.
The second win for CUWBC came from Melissa Wilson (Blue Boat 2013, 2014, 2015). Melissa beat international competition in both of her rounds with an “easily” verdict in the semi-final against Kolovson from the University of Massachusetts. In the final, Melissa was up against Sam Casto from the University of Virginia, USA who (similar to Melissa) has raced at the World U23 Championships on two occasions. The final was a much closer race for Melissa but it was a Cambridge victory with Melissa finishing 2 ¼ lengths ahead and winning the George Innes Cup.
After the racing, CUWBC’s Chief Coach Rob Baker said
“We have had a great Regatta. The athletes have enjoyed some top quality racing and to get all 3 boats into the finals of elite events is a great result and a testament to the work they have put into their training. Coming away with 2 Henley medals is a great result for the club.”
Next in the calendar for CUWBC is Henley Royal Regatta. CUWBC are racing a composite quad in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup which will be looking to book it’s place in the Regatta during the qualifying races on Friday 24 June.