World Rowing Cup III – Rotterdam

This weekend 5 CUWBC alumnae raced at World Rowing Cup III in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


This was the final race in the series before the World Championships at the end of August, and our alumnae shone in their respective events.

Gold Medal for Imogen!


For the first medal of the regatta for Great Britain, Imogen Grant (Trinity College) won gold in the Lightweight Women’s Single.  After laying down the fastest time in the semifinals, Imogen battled windy conditions in the A final to win in a time of 08:43.590 ahead of Australia and Germany who rounded out the podium.

About her move to the Senior team and this weekend’s racing, Imogen comments,

“This is my first full season in the Senior Team, and the previous two regattas I had raced in the lightweight double. The turnaround was quite quick so I had less than two weeks to prepare to race the single again. Rotterdam is very similar to Ely so I felt at home, and when the racing became time trials for the heats, all I had to do was imagine Saturday pieces! The regatta was defined by its conditions – strong crosswinds and headwinds every race, so I focused on rowing as well as I could, moving the boat every stroke. The final was really tough, coming under the bridge from the warm up lake the start looked like the sea! I focused on being efficient and sticking with the pack until I felt confident in my rowing and my rhythm to move through at the end of the race. I am really pleased to have won my first World Cup medal, and for it to be a gold. We fly out to Varese now for the final run in to Worlds.”

Denmark win Silver


Racing for Denmark in the Women’s 4-, Ida Gørtz Jacobsen (Newnham College) had the second-fastest time in the time-trial format heats.   Her crew advanced straight to the A final. On Sunday, they battled the Australian crew down the course in an effort to repeat their first place finish at World Cup II. They ended up in the second position, earning a silver medal. Australia won in a time of 06:48.220, with Denmark just over two seconds behind in a time of 06:50.530.

Bronze Medal for Holly Hill


Holly Hill (Downing College) raced in a Women’s Pair for Great Britain, coming third in the semifinal to advance into the A final.  Holly and her pair partner Polly Swann earned a bronze medal in the event, racing down the course in a time of 07:40.510. Australia and New Zealand came first and second, respectively, with times of 07:26.150 and 07:27.570. Romania came fourth in a time of 07:44.850.


Melissa Wilson (Caius College & Lucy Cavendish) raced in the British Women’s Quad Scull, coming fourth overall in a time of 06:58.190. Germany won the event in 06:46.640, with Poland and Australia rounding out the podium. The British quad was the same crew that raced at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta, making it to the semifinal.

Oonagh Cousins (Caius College) raced in a Women’s Eight for Great Britain, winning the B final to come in seventh overall with a time of 06:39.110. Later in the day, New Zealand won the event in a time of 06:32.400.

Oonagh also raced at Henley Royal Regatta in the same crew, making it to the semifinal before falling to the other British crew.

We are incredibly proud support members of our Club  racing for their country, with 3 of these 5 athletes learning to row with their College Boat Clubs.