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Durham and Cambridge with Silver and Bronze Medals in Women's Eights
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Team GBR Return from EUSA Rowing 2nd in overall rankings 08/09/2009

A team of almost 120 have returned from the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) Regatta having pushed themselves up the overall rankings into second place in the rankings, behind the Polish hosts.

A team of almost 120 have returned from the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) Regatta having pushed themselves up the overall rankings into second place in the rankings, behind the Polish hosts.

The event, now in its fourth year has seen a constant annual increase in standard.  Times in heats and finals were often faster than or equal to results at this year’s World Under 23 Regatta and some even faster than the World Championships which was also in Poland, the week before. Last year, the team came 4th in the rankings. The increase in depth this year has seen GBR rise up to second place with even more determination to reclaim the EUSA Salver when the regatta moves to Amsterdam in 2010.

Team GBR was formed of 97 athletes from 18 different universities. 44 of the rowers won medals, a total of 1 gold, 4 silver and 6 Bronze throughout the team.

The gold medal was won by an experienced Women’s pair of Jen Reid and Polly Swan who crossed the line over 8 seconds ahead of the second placed crew from Zurich University. In the same event, Harriet Eldred and Katie Cranleigh–Swash from Cambridge picked up a bronze medal.

In the Women’s Quads event, the experienced crew from the University of London were unlucky to come up against an extremely from the University of Basque Country who pipped them into second place. Having won silver medals this year, the girls are determined to turn them into gold next time round.

There was huge success for Durham University Women. In the morning, they bagged a silver medal in the eight. In the afternoon, Rosie Gaunt, Jenni Stephenson, Jo Fitzsimons and Rebecca Tancock moved from the eight into the coxless four, this time to take a bronze. The winner of both events was The University of Economy, Bydgoszcz and these were two of many gold medals for the heavily funded University. There were 3 crews representing Great Britain in the Women’s event – Edinburgh picked up the bronze medal, with Cambridge coming in fourth.

The Women’s double sculls was an exciting event, where the battle for Bronze was between two British crews, Imperial College and Aberdeen. The crews crossed the finish line and even got their boats off the water still not knowing the result, until it was announced that the duo from Aberdeen had won the medal by 0.03 seconds over Imperial.

In the Men’s events, there was silver success for two of the clubs; Newcastle and Birmingham.

The experienced duo of Ed Ford and Andy Corrigan were representing Newcastle University in the Men’s double sculls event. In an extremely rapid race, the crew finished with a silver medal, behind a strong crew from Poznan.

The University of Birmingham were competing in the lightweight men’s quad sculls event. The crew comprised Tim Porter, Mark Jinks, Max Gerrard and Matt Paul. It was the second year of the event for Tim and Matt, Matt having left the event last year saying “Next year I will be coming back and wont be leaving with anything less than a bronze." They did one better and the boys flew down the course to pick up a silver medal, finishing behind the seemingly unbeatable Economoy, Bydgoszcz.

Queens University Belfast had an exceptional performance in the Men’s eights events. It was obvious  that the event was going to be competitive when the Polish crews were achieving times of 5:39, 5:42 and 5:45 over the 2000m course – Queens clocked a time of 5:49 in their heat, a result which would have made them competitive at the World U23 Championships this year. In Saturdays final, the crew from Belfast were looking to bag a bronze medal until the last quarter when huge pushes came from crews from Poland and Germany, pushing Queens back into an extremely close 5th.

Thanks must go to all of the coaches, drivers and team management who made the operation work smoothly – particularly the drivers who volunteered to drive hundreds of miles across Europe to get the crews boats to Poland.

Having moved two steps up the overall rankings this year, Team GBR have returned home determined to build a squad to regain the EUSA Salver when the event moves to Amsterdam next year (19 – 21 August)

Team GBR

Aberdeen University:
Women’s 2x: Stephanie McDowall & Jenny Chambers
Women’s 1x: Stephanie McDowall

University of Birmingham:
Men’s Lwt 4x: Matthew Paul, Mark Jinks, Tim Porter, Max Gerrard

University of Bristol:
Men’s 4-: Ben Bathurst, Phil Williams, Will Preece, Matt Ridley

University of Cambridge:
Men’s Lwt 4-: Mark Aldred, George Blessley, Alistair Chappelle, John Kiely
Women’s 8: Fionnuala Ratcliffe, Constance Daggett, Jenny Davenport, Susannah Cass, Hermione Tuck, Evgenia Ilyinskaya, Katie Cranleigh-Swash, Harriet Eldred, Stephanie Warrollow

Cardiff University:
Women’s 4-: Emma Cockroft, Imogen Evans, Catriona Kay, Emily Parry

Durham University:
Men’s 2x: Alex Forster, John Ford
Women’s 4-: Jo Fitzsimons, Jenni Stephenson, Rosie Gaunt, Rebecca Tancock
Women’s 4x: Seonaid Crosby, Lidia Wagstyl, Sarah Harding, Flo Sivell
Women’s 8: Jo Fitzsimons, Jenni Stephenson, Rosie Gaunt, Rebecca Tancock, Seonaid Crosby, Lidia Wagstyl, Ruth Carpenter, Sophie Vellacott, Celeste Green (cox)

Edinburgh University
Men’s 1x: Al Sarahs
Women’s 2-: Jenny Reid, Polly Swann
Women’s 8: Kimberley Litzinger, Rowena Mortimer, Michaela Spitzer, Charlotte Jones, Isobel Jones, Minnette Monteith, Rhona MacCullum, Jenny Reid, Polly Swann

University of Glasgow:
W1x: Amanda Larcombe

University of Hertfordshire:
Men’s 1x: Dave Bell

Imperial College, London:
Men’s 2x: Henry Goodier, Josh Yerrell
Women’s 2x: Erica Thompson, Christina Duffy

University of London:
Women’s 4x: Emma Young, Rebecca Humphreys, Olivia Oakes, Louise Entwistle

Loughborough University:
Men’s 4x: Alex Tarrant, Pete Muhley, George Whitely, Tom Pryor
Women’s Lwt 2x: Laurian Pepper, Athlalie Redwood-Brown

Newcastle University:
Men’s 2x: Andy Corrigan, Edward Ford
Men’s 4-: Mason Durrant, Piers Pye-Watson, Charles D’Oncieu, Murray Wilkojc
Women’s 1x: Alice Leake

University of Nottingham:
Men’s 4x: Carl Delaney, Anthony Browne, Daniel Jones, Sam Cottrell
Men’s Lwt 4-: Richard Watton, Daniel Speed, George McKirdy, Alex Walker

Queens University Belfast:
Men’s 8: Damian Hammond, Patrick Black, Eamon Rafferty, Gavin Meek, William Howell, Jonathon Backus, Marc Butler, James Graham, Andrew Tubman

Swansea University:
Women’s Lwt 1x: Kate Evans

University of Teeside:
Women’s Lwt 1x: Nikki Bartlett

University of the West of England:
Women’s Lwt 1x: Natalie Trainder
Women’s Lwt 2x: Gess Boddingotn, Lexy Wates
Women’s Lwt 2x: Rose Bailey, Chantelle Hanley
Women’s 4x: Gess Boddington, Lexy Wates, Chantelle Hanley, Rachel Thompson

Stuart Redden (Birmingham)
Gordon Trevett (Bristol)
Roger Silk (Cambridge)
Ian Shore (Cardiff)
John Thickness (Durham/Driver)
George Warnock (Edinburgh/Driver)
Stuart Whitelaw (Imperial)
Andy Metcalf (London)
Julie Edwards (Lougborough)
Charlie Mulholland (Newcastle/Driver)
Mark Fangen-Hall (Queens Belfast)
Chantelle Hanley (West of England)

Management & Support Team
Ian South (Team Manager)
James Lee (Assistant Team Manager)
Alan Boddington (Driver)
Nick Acock (Driver)

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