Double first for one girl in a boatA photo accompanies the article
A notable double was recorded in the opening day of the Oxford Torpids yesterday when 28-year-old Alexandra "Za Za" Horne became not only the first woman to row in the men's first division of Torpids but also helped her crew [Pembroke] to rise to third place when the bumped Christ Church...
Champion makes history in Torpids
By Jim Railton
Dan Lyons, of the United States, became the first world champion to row in the Oxford Torpids yesterday. Lyons, aged 28, the world champion in the coxless fours, is one of four Olympic and world medal-winning Americans to rebel against the Oxford University Boat Club selection for the Boat Race, for which performers of Lyons's calibre are usually busy preparing at this time of year.
A postgraduate reading social studies, Lyons opted to keep in trim for this year's world championships by rowing in the Oriel first eight in the important six-seat. Oriel are set yet again to retain their headship.
An alert umpire cost Brasenose a bump in the Oxford University Torpids on the Isis yesterday. It was announced that the first nine crews had rowed over in the men's first division but the official saw Worcester make contact with Brasenose along the Green Bank and the bump was allowed.
In the women's top division, which produced four bumps, Osler House have few [sic, presumably meant 'new'?] challengers today as their nearest rival, St Hugh's, were caught by Somerville close the the University Boat House.
Somerville women complete a double
Oriel successfully defended the men's headship of the Oxford University Torpids for the sixteenth consecutive year on Saturday.
In the women's first division, Somerville overhauled Osler House at the end of the Green Bank to go top for the first time. It gave them a unique double as they are also the leaders of the summer eights.
by Simon Barnes
Many people spluttered when the delightfully named Za Za Horne (yes, a woman) rowed in the Pembroke College Men's Eight in the Torpids, and rubbed in this triumph by helping them improve from fourth to third by bumping Christ Church. But the most extreme reaction came from Saudi Arabia. A Saudi newspaper, firmly seizing hold of the wrong end of the stick, believed that she was rowing in the Oxford boat in the Boat Race and felt the shame so keenly that it printed a picture of the Pembroke Eight — with Miss Horne's face blacked out.
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