Bronze at EUSA!

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The lightweight quad of Laure, Dani, Jowita and Anna (all Blue Boat 2016) following a 3rd place finish at BUCS regatta were selected to represent Oxford and GB at this years European university games in Zagreb.

GB Rowing team

GB Rowing team

Upon arrival on Sunday at the accommodation, a student village of the sports section of the Zagreb University, the girls took to the water for an afternoon paddle. The following day was also reserved for training and preparation for the racing which was to begin on Tuesday.

Weighing in the morning and coming comfortably under the crew average of 57 kg the first day was a race for lanes against 5 other crews: reading, Bristol, Koc university (turkey), Njungen (Holland) and Munster (Ger). The girls following a very strong middle 1 km narrowly won their race and proceeded to draw the top lane for Thursday’s final. Having the next day off from racing gave us a chance to do some sight seeing of the old town of Zagreb.

Heat Official Times

Heat Official Times

The next day despite a day off from racing still contained two training sessions in which we aimed to improve our start in time for the final.

On finals day again weighing in very comfortably under the average (with Dani being especially favoured by the officials as probably the lightest athlete of the rowing at 52.3 kg) the crew was ready for a tough fight against the crew from Germany and reading university. After a slightly disappointing first 500 m we were a length down on Munster in 3rd and over a length behind reading. There was a lot of catching up to do and we managed to get a seat on Munster before they inched it on the line in a time 0.3 s faster than ours! Even though we were initially disappointed with the bronze medal after winning our heat we knew that we have come a long way as a crew in a very short space of time. The final was followed by a medal ceremony, compulsory kit swaps and of course the end of games celebration with the other crews.

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Flo, Dani, Laure, Anna and Jowita showing their Bronze medals

It was an amazing experience which we will remember for many years to come. It was also the highest calibre of competition that our crews have done and a fitting final farewell to Oxford rowing for a number of the quad. Achieving bronze along with Flo Pickles (OUWBC) has also cemented Oxford as a household name not only in sweep rowing but also women’s sculling.