Frost followed by floods
The University Torpids races began at Oxford yesterday, and, as had been anticipated, produced some exciting struggles. The weather was beautifully fine, and a large company assembled on the barges and along the towpath. The strong wind which prevailed made the work of the crews unusually arduous.
[Div I] Great interest was evinced in the race for the headship, opinions being much divided as to the relative merits of the two crews. Balliol went off at much the faster stroke, but they did not make much headway until nearing the Ferry, when New College began to go to pieces, and Balliol, coming up hand over hand from this point, made their bump before the boats were clear of the Gut.
[Div II] University, after a hard chase, succeeded in lowering the colours of Merton opposite New College barge, this making their sixth bump, and Corpus followed their example by running into Queen's as they emerged from the Gut. ..
[Div I] University, who by bumping Merton in the second division became the last boat in the first division, easily captured Christ Church before the Freewater Stone was reached, thereby making seven bumps in the six days.
|B:||C. B. Cotterell||11st 2lb|
|2:||D. P. Hopkins||11st 12lb|
|3:||G. C. Henderson||11st 10lb|
|4:||P. W. Baker||12st 7lb|
|5:||E. J. S. Aston||12st 0lb|
|6:||C. W. Tomkinson||11st 6lb|
|7:||A. H. D. Steel||12st 3lb|
|S:||E. L. Warre||12st 8lb|
|C:||R. Clayton||8st 12lb|
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