The University of London produced the fastest Men’s & Women’s Eights on Sunday of the Metropolitan Regatta 2016, along with wins in Elite & Senior Pairs and Women’s Elite Coxed Fours on Saturday.
The UL Men’s 1st Eight, after progressing though Sunday morning’s early rounds, lined up against Thames Rowing Club’s 1st Eight in the final of Challenge Eights. Both crews pushed hard but crossed the finish line in exactly the same time, and the photo finish said the race was a dead heat. The two crews were asked to re-race. In the re-race Thames RC moved to a three seat lead before UL rowed them back to win by almost a length, and in the process take the Elite Eights title. Video of the fantastic racing, from all 16 athletes involved, can be found on the ULBC Instagram page.
The UL Women’s 1st Eight, fresh from being crowned winners of the Women’s Team Trophy at BUCS Regatta, won their morning time trial and semi-final and then produced a very strong row to win impressively by over a length from Newcastle University and Thames Rowing Club.
Other highlights from the weekend included very strong performances from the UL Men’s 2nd Eight, who (under the Challenge Eights format) won their semi-final and final. Saturday’s racing, in small boats featured six UL pairs in the final of Elite Pairs and brought UL wins in Elite Pairs, Senior Pairs and Women’s Elite Coxed Fours. Suzi Perry racing the Lightweight single put in very strong performance, as did the UL Women who raced the W2x, W2- and Women’s Senior 4+.
ULBC next race at Reading Amateur Regatta, this Saturday, as part of the build towards Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta (HRR). Details of Alumni & Supporters events at HRR can be found by clicking here.