Although disappointed that CUBC did not retain its Academic Championship Coxed 4 title, the Club’s Chief Coach Rob Baker was nonetheless positive about CUBC’s results at this weekend’s Fuller’s Fours Head. “I am pleased we were able to add to our performances from the British Championships two weeks ago at the Fours Head on Saturday. To win the academic coxless event with our 5th ranked Four was a credit to the guys and shows how well they are pushing up in our squad. We showed strong strength in depth to get 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the coxed event. Our top Four had an eventful race of which we are disappointed not to get the win, especially by such a small margin. We have a lot to improve and build upon and the next 6 weeks or so towards Christmas is a key time. I believe we can develop before things get interesting in Banyoles and beyond.”

President Dara Alizadeh (Hughes Hall), who sat at bow in Goldie A said, “a result like this shows the depth of the squad this year, and also serves to push us on as we work towards April 7th. I’d like to highlight the result of our coxless 4 today – their stepping up to win is hugely positive, and they showed the potential of all athletes in our squad this year”.

Next weekend, a number of CUBC’s British athletes will compete at the GB Rowing Team National Trials, including Vice-President Freddie Davidson (Emmanuel), who will look to build on his silver medal at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships this year.

Crew lists (All cox to bow)

Academic Challenge Coxed 4:

Goldie (A) – 19:04.9 (2nd): Cox: Matthew Holland* (Caius) Str: Freddie Davidson* (Emmanuel) 3: Callum Sullivan^ (Downing) 2: Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk (Peterhouse) B) Dara Alizadeh* (Hughes Hall)

Goldie (B) – 19:19.4 (3rd ) Cox: Charlie Marcus (Trinity), Str: Sam Hookway (Peterhouse) 3: Grant Bitler (Hughes Hall), 2: Jonty Page (Pembroke),B) Dave Bell^ (Homerton)

Goldie (C) – 19:33.5 (4th) Cox: Hugh Spaughton (Jesus) Str: Reggie Mitchell^ (Trinity) 3: Tom Strudwick^ (Christ’s) 2: Gerard Kuenning^ (Queens’) B) Rob Harris^ (Pembroke)

Goldie (F) – 20:03.6 (8th). Cox: Matt Parry (St. John’s) Str: Philip Horton (Girton) 3: Tim Nugent (Jesus) 2: Hugo Durward (Sidney Sussex) B) Harry Sivills (Robinson)

Academic Challenge Coxless 4:

Goldie (D) – 19:41.2 (1st) Str: Harry Baxter (Hughes Hall) 3: Theo Weinberger (St. John’s) 2) Ben Dyer (Caius) B) Calum MacRae (Caius)

Note: * = Blue, ^ = Goldie