Oriel favourites for Summer EightsBy a Correspondent
It has been a difficult year for Oxford rowing: flood, the tragic death of a rower in Spain, restrictions on competition because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, and mixed fortunes in the Boat Races. Undeterred, the rowers are raring to go as the four-day Oxford University Summer Eights starts on the Isis today.
After reclaiming the Torpids headship, Oriel also look ready to hold on to the Eights title. With three lightweights and one heavyweight to Oriel's four heavyweights, Pembroke, in second, are unlikely to pose a serious threat. Exeter, with one Isis rower, seem likely to maintain third position, but the addition of the Oxford University lightweight stroke to Magdalen may increase their chances.
St Catherine's women are also going for the double headship, hoping to rise from fourth. However, Pembroke, with four heavyweights, are unlikely to be knocked from pole position. New and Wadham, in second and third, face tough competition.
Oriel and Pembroke comfortably rowed over at the head of the men's and women's top divisions on the first day of Oxford University Summer Eights on the Isis yesterday. Pembroke's women had the easier passage after New College, their nearest challengers, were bumped by Wadham at the start of the Green Bank.
St Benet's Hall are emerging as the most successful crew in the lower divisions of the Oxford University summer eights, which continued on the Isis yesterday.
Not renowned as a rowing force, they followed their bump on Balliol III on Wednesay by catching Wolfson II at the top of men's division VI and rowing as sandwich boat at the bottom of division V made the only overbump of the day on New College III to move up five places over the two days. There were no changes at the top of the men's and women's first divisions, Oriel finishing well clear of Pembroke and Pembroke holding off Wadham.
St Edmund Hall III celebrate after bumping Exeter II in division VI on the third day of the Oxford University Summer Eights on the Isis yesterday. St Antony's have taken over from St Benet's Hall as the most successful crew. Starting in women's division IV, they made an overbump on St Edmund Hall II on Wednesday, bumped Somerville [II] and Wadham [II] on Thursday to move into division III and caught St Hugh's yesterday to move up six places over the three days. St Benet's Hall lost ground when they were bumped by St Anne's II in men's division V.
Oriel and Pembroke retained the headships of the Oxford University summer eights, which ended on the Isis on Saturday. In the men's first division, the top three crews — Oriel, Pembroke and Exeter — were never challenged, but there was much movement in the women's first division. New College, Wadham and St Catherine's all started behind Pembroke, but none could get within two lengths of them at the finish.
Christ Church and Hertford [sic] gained their blades in the men's first division, for moving up each day, but no crew of either sex could match the achievements of St Antony's. Starting in the women's fourth division, they made an overbump on Wednesday, bumped Wadham II and Somerville II on Thursday and caught St Hugh's and St Catherine's II on the other two days to move up seven places overall — more than half a division.
|B:||F. Lepetit||Dulwich College|
|2:||L. Finch||KCS Wimbledon|
|4:||T. Senior||St Catharine's, Cambridge|
|5:||M. Vickers||St Paul's|
|S:||R. Todd||KCS Wimbledon|
|C:||P. Hackworth||St Pauls'|
|Coach:||A. Nelder||CCAT, Cambridge|
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