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BUCS Regatta 2016: Day three round up 02/05/2016

After three full days of competition, featuring 48 events, 2,500 competitors, 1,100 crews and over 70 universities - #BUCSregatta 2016 has come to an exciting close.

Disruptive weather conditions wreaked havoc on day three in Nottingham, meaning the cancellation of a number of semifinals and minor finals. A significant number of A/B finals and Championship events were still able to be run at the National Water Sports Centre.

In the women’s victor ludorum, on points there was a tie between University of London and the University of Exeter. On a gold medal count back, the women’s VL was awarded to University of London.

The blue star competitors from Newcastle University amassed enough points in both the men’s and overall university category to take home both victor ludorum trophies.

Other race highlights included:

Men’s championship pairs

Ben Thomas and Ollie Hines from Imperial College London, were the overall winners edging out 2015 title holders Edinburgh who finished in second. Their third medal of the weekend, Thomas and Hines also took home silver medals in the men’s championship 8 and the men’s coxless 4s.

“After we got off on the start, we were pretty relaxed, tried not to mess it up. We didn’t know how fast all the other crews were going to be, cause they’ve all been doing quite well at the GB trials. With the massive head wind in the semifinals, you wouldn’t really read much into the times to give an indication of the final.”  

Women’s beginner 8s

The beginners crew from Edinburgh University won their first ever regatta in a tight race which saw Durham finish in a close second.  

The race attracted some of the loudest support and cheering from across the whole weekend, as proud coaches rushed to celebrate with their crew on the presentation pontoon.

Crew members commented on their race:

“It was amazing, so hard, we had to just hang on. We’ve had our ups and downs this weekend, we didn’t have such a good day yesterday, but today is the best ending to a good weekend.

“Our first year of rowing has been amazing, best year ever.”

Women’s coxless 4

With crew members from the gold medal winning women’s championship 8, Oxford Brookes University returned to the medal pontoon to make it 2 championship gold and a bronze, to add to a plethora of intermediate medals.

On their last race of the regatta:

“It was tough, we had to have a restart due to equipment failure. It made us a bit nervous, but once we got back on the start line – we just raced it home.
“The atmosphere here is what makes it. You come into the last 250m and you’ve got everyone behind you cheering you. Especially for us, we have such a big club – having all your team mates on the bank makes it really special.

Men’s quadruple scull

Men’s victor ludorum winners, Newcastle University, claimed gold in the men’s quadruple scull. Crew members described their race:

“We had a really good start, we got to about a length in front 300m in and it just kicked in. The whole race was amazing.

"It's amazing how there's so many competitors from all over the country, it's a great regatta. We've really enjoyed our time here." 

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