Oriel and Osler-Green look set to retain the headships in the top two divisions on the evidence of the first day of the Oxford University Torpids on the Isis yesterday. Osler were four lengths clear of St Catherine's in the women's first division and the following five crews were so evenly spaced that few bumps can be expected in the remaining three days.
There were several positional changes in the men's and women's first divisions but the top crews, Oriel and Osler-Green were never threatened in the Oxford University Torpids yesterday.
Oriel rowed over a length clear of Pembroke in the men's first division, where Magdalen, one of the fancied crews, were within inches of being caught. Osler-Green comfortably held off St Catherine's, who were under some pressure from New College.
The rowers and spectators of Torpids this year were deprived of the final day's racing, providing something of an anti-climax to the exhilaration of the first three days. Oriel remain unbumped off Head for the twenty-seventh year in a row, with no threat coming from a very fast Pembroke crew, which in its turn rowed well clear of those chasing. New College moved up two places to third on the river; otherwise the top boats were relatively static. Oriel II, after last year's success, dropped four places and became sandwich boat in the process; their decline seemed almost minor beside that of Exeter II, who marked this year's biggest fall in going down eleven places.
In the women's divisions Osler-Green dominated, rowing over very comfortably all three days.
There was some controversy over the awarding of blades after only three days of racing; among those who might have won them were Trinity, Lincoln and St John's, all of whom moved up at the expense of St Hilda's.
|B:||A J Lockwood||Leys School Cambridge and Magdalene, Cambridge|
|2:||A C Coppell||Birkenhead School and St Catharine's, Cambridge|
|3:||W E Breeze||Charterhouse|
|4:||H Jayaram||King's Chester|
|5:||J C Hubback||Oundle|
|6:||F F A Lepetit||Dulwich College|
|7:||T C MacMillan||Eton College|
|S:||T D Linford||Hampton School|
|C:||J A Redfern||Judd|
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