CUBC elects its 2024 Student Presidents

Last weekend’s hustings saw the election of the Club’s 4 squad Presidents, who will lead their squads through the 2024 Boat Races season.

We are pleased to introduce the 2023-24 Cambridge University Boat Club Presidents

Men – Seb Benzecry (Jesus)

Seb learnt to row on the Tideway at St Paul’s in 2011, graduating in 2016. He rowed at Princeton University as an undergrad, before beginning his Master’s at Cambridge in 2020. He was part of the winning 2021 Blue Boat, stroked Goldie in 2022, and won again in the 2023 Blue Boat. He is now working toward a PhD in Film and Screen Studies. Going into his 4th year at CUBC and his 14th year in the sport, Seb is one of the most experienced people on the team. He aims to use his experience to lead the CUBC openweight men in the 2024 Boat Race campaign.

Women – Jenna Armstrong (Jesus)

Jenna Armstrong grew up in Florham Park, NJ, USA. She learned to row at Bates College on the Androscoggin River in Maine, USA in 2011 after a decade of competitive alpine ski racing. After winning the Division III NCAA Championships in 2015, Jenna went on to medical school at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, USA. She came to Cambridge in 2020 for a PhD in Physiology. Since then, she has rowed in two winning crews for CUBC, Blondie in 2022 and the Blue Boat in 2023. Jenna is ready to lead her crews into 2024, looking to extend the Blue Boat’s six-year streak and Blondie’s seventh.

Lightweight Men – Ben Jones (Magdalene)

Ben learnt to row at Magdalene Boat Club in his first year at Cambridge, after swimming at a national level in his youth. He also participated in the CUBC Development Squad throughout his first year, gaining a valuable insight into the CUBC programme. Going into his second year as a law undergraduate, Ben joined the CUBC lightweight squad and went on to sit in the seven seat, winning the 2023 Lightweight Boat Race. He now returns as Lightweight Men’s President and is keen to continue to build on the success of recent years.

Lightweight Women – Lauren Britten

Lauren also began rowing at Magdalene Boat Club as a first year undergrad, studying Veterinary Medicine. She was elected women’s captain at MBC in her third year, whilst intercalating in history of art (BA). She first joined CUBC as part of our Development Squad in 2022, racing at BUCS. Lauren then trialled with the lightweight squad for the 2022-23 season, winning the Lightweight Boat Race as part of the 2023 clean sweep. She aims to extend her crew’s four-year winning streak.  

See you in 2024, Oxford.