Homerton rowers triumph again

Olivia Coffey (Homerton), Alice White (Homerton), Kelsey Barolak (Homerton), Daphne Martschenko (Magdalene) and Sophie Shapter (St Catharine’s) – winners of the coxed four.

Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club fielded the fastest women’s coxed four at the Fours’ Head of the River races on Sunday. The whole boat had a Homerton flavour, including three current students (Olivia Coffey, Alice White and Kelsey Barolak) and CUWBC President Daphne Martschenko, who did a Masters at Homerton before continuing to a PhD at Magdalene. Homerton’s Alice White, who won the Elite Coxless Four at the same event last year, speaking after the event said -

“It just goes to show, we’ve got something pretty special at Cambridge!”

The boat finished a clear four seconds ahead of Leander Club, against competition from across the UK.  CUWBC crews also finished 5th, 6th and 12th in the same category for coxed fours. In addition, CUWBC also raced 2 coxless fours in the top category which finished 3rd and 6th among some very strong crews including a Leander crew which had three members of the GB Women’s Eight on board. The CUWBC Lightweights, in ‘Granta',  raced in a quad among open weight opposition, and finished in a creditable 12th position in their category. CUWBC’s Chief Coach commented -

“We have had some good results across all of our crews at the Fours Head demonstrating the good depth in the Squad this year.”

CUWBC Openweights will next be on the Tideway for their Trial Eights which will take place at 12:45 on Tuesday 5 December. The lightweight Trial Races will be in Henley-On-Thames on Sunday 10 December.