Durham defend British University Rowing Championship in style
(3 May 2005)
Durham University Boat Club has successfully defended their British University Sports Association (BUSA) title at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, winning with a points total almost double that of their nearest rival.
Durham won the championship for the first time last year, narrowly unseating perennial victors Nottingham by 20 points. This year Durham amassed 1073 points, with Reading way behind in second place on 538, and University of London third with 418.
Senior Rowing Coach Wade Hall-Craggs said: “The size of the winning margin is a tribute to the quality of support DUBC receives from its athletes, alumni, volunteer team and the colleges. A special mention should go to coach Peter Lee and the college rowing committee for managing the logistics of moving the much of Durham to Nottingham for the weekend.”
The BUSA sensation comes on the back of the men’s and women’s victories at the Head of the River Races in March, and comes just ahead of the Northumbrian Water University Boat Race between Durham and Newcastle on the Tyne on Sunday 8 May.
833 crews took part in the two day BUSA regatta with time trials starting at 8.00am and racing finishing at 8.00pm. It is one of the most gruelling tests of stamina in the UK university sporting calendar, with athletes rowing as many as six 2000 metre races in a day, often getting out of one boat to return to the start for another event.
In the final analysis, Durham recorded one of the most remarkable results in their history and almost certainly in the history of university rowing, winning 10 Gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals, dominating the results from the first final of day one.
Peter Warburton, Durham University Director of Sport said, “Over the years Durham University have won many British University titles, but it is unlikely that the winning margin has been quite as wide as the one recorded over the weekend. This was an outstanding achievement.”
Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman said: “This is an absolutely amazing performance. Well done to all. The Times conceded on Friday that the Durham crews were likely favourites and they did not disappoint. “
Men’s Overall Title: Durham
Women’s Overall Title:Durham
Overall Title (Victor Ludorum):
1st Durham University
2nd Reading University
3rd London University
4th University of West of England
5th Bath University
Day One: 18 finals
Gold: Men’s championship Quads, Women’s championship light weight pair, Women’s championship coxless four, Women’s Junior Coxed four
Silver: Men’s junior pair
Bronze: Women’s championship coxed four, Men’s Junior Pair, Women’s championship light weight coxless four, Men’s championship light weight double sculls – Hild/Bede + Hatfield.
Placed in the finals – Women’s novice single scull (4th + 5th), Men’s championship eight (4th), Collingwood College junior eight (5th) and men’s junior eight (6th).
Day Two: 18 finals
Gold: Men’s championship light weight pair, Men’s championship coxed four, Women’s championship light weight single scull, Women’s novice coxed four, Men’s championship light weight coxless four, Women’s championship eight
Silver: Women’s junior eight, Men’s novice single scull, Men’s junior coxed four
Bronze: Women’s junior pair, Men’s championship coxless four, Women’s championship pair, Men’s championship single scull
Placed in the finals: Men’s championship double sculls (6th) and Hatfield women’s junior eight (6th).
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