The Senior Women’s Squad had a successful outing at the Vet Fours Head on Sunday 13th November, coming away with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and beating all women’s crews from other Cambridge clubs. With quite a few athletes eligible for masters racing, where the minimum age is 27, and taking advantage of the non-masters IM3 4+ event, the Senior Women’s Squad tried their luck in three events.
Esther Momcilovic steered her W.IM3.4+ to a 2nd place finish, with rowers Merodie Rose, Harriet Cross and Georgia Vann joined by Anita Holender in her first race with Cantabs after joining only the week before! They were the 2nd fastest W4+ of the day, only beaten by a strong King’s College London crew. The Intermediate Women’s Squad also entered a W.IM3.4+ of Emma Dalrymple, Alice Brownjohn, Debbie Morley and Laura Brightman, and did well to finish 5th.
The joint 3rd fastest W4+ of the day was the masters C (for crews with average age 43-49) crew of Gill Cooper, Sue Waterhouse, Judith Weik and Sarah Inskip. Coxed by Isabel Nimmo, the crew shared their win with a World Masters Regatta and Henley Masters Regatta-winning crew from Marlow, and a composite Derwent/Louborough crew, after all 3 finished in a dead heat. It’s another masters C medal for 3 of the crew – Gill, Sue and Judith were part of the gold medal winning C4- from this summer’s British Rowing Masters Championships – and another successful Tideway performance for Gill and Judith, who were the fastest C2- at Pairs Head last month.
Bailee Stratton steered a 4x race for the first time (after steering a 4x for the first time 3 weeks earlier!) and had a good race, overtaking crews from City of Cambridge and Gloucester, to finish 3rd in W.MasA.4x (for crews with an average age of 27-35) with crew mates Ellie Darlington, Lindsay Hamilton and Hana Lango Allen.
At the Fours Head of the River the day before, Cantabs also put in some strong performances. The W.IM1.4x of Jordan Bruce, Eve Caroe, Hannah Stewart (in her first ever sculling race) and Clare Hall finished 14th of 36 in a strong field despite only having had two weeks of training together in their crew. They were the fastest of any women’s Cambridge town club crews. The Senior Men’s Squad fielded an IM1.4x of Tom Rose, Hannes Burfeind, Jimmy Adams and Sean Collins, who finished 19th of 49, and the IM1.4+ of Andrew Marsden, Guy Fiddian, Ricci Herreros-Symonds, James King and cox Sara Russo finished 8th of 16.
Cantabs’ student athletes were also in action, racing for their university clubs at the Fours Head of the River. Myriam Goudet won W.ELI.4- and Claire Nichols finished 6th in W.ELI.4+, both for Cambridge University. Mary Perrin finished 2nd in W.ELI.LWT.4x for Nottingham University. Charlie Cummins and Hadi Boukhatmi finished 9th and 21st, respectively, in Cambridge University Lightweight RC’s IM1.4x.
If you are interested in joining the Senior Men’s Squad or Senior Women’s Squad, please take a look at the squad pages or get in touch with men’s captain Guy Fiddian or women’s captain Ellie Darlington.