Oxford's summer plans are washed off courseBy a Correspondent
For the second time in three months, Oxford University rowing has been badly hit by the weather. An exceptionally wet February resulted in the four-day Torpids, in March, being abandoned because of the dangerous state of the river and the Summer Eights, starting today, are also affected, though not as severely.
The wettest April on record has raised the Isis to close to the March level and the organisers have restricted racing today to the men's top five and women's top three divisions. To avoid obstructions and collisions, each division will be split into two with seven crews competing in A and B races.
The men's Headship again appears unlikely to change. Oriel are looking strong and although they are being pursued by a Pembroke crew with several University squad members, they look a sound bet to remain at the top.
The top of the women's first division may be more interesting and Osler-Green will be pushed to retain the Headship. Their pursuers, Pembroke, will be keen to bump them, but there is a doubt over whether they will be able to hold off New College.
The first day of Oxford University Summer Eights on the Isis yesterday was completed without a hitch. Osler-Green were bumped at the top of the women's first division by Pemborke. Oriel rowed clear of Pembroke in the men's first division.
Pembroke won [sic] the women's first division on the second day of the Oxford University Summer Eights on the Isis yesterday. The men's first division ended unsatisfactorily when Brasenose obstructed the Gut after being bumped by Jesus and the race was stopped.
Oriel successfully defended the men's Headship on the Isis on Saturday. They finished two lengths clear of Pembroke in a very even first division. The demise of Osler-Green was spectacular, though not unexpected, as they lost the Headship of the women's first division to Pembroke on Wednesday and were bumped on all four days.
|3:||F. Lepetit||Dulwich College|
|5:||A. Coppell||St Catharine's Camb.|
|S:||R. Todd||KCS Wimbledon|
|C:||J. Jones-Perrit||Bishop Heber CHS|
|Coach:||A. Nelder||CCAT, Cambridge|
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