Over the last week, several Old Blues were in action at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, as former Oxford and Cambridge university athletes once again featured at the pinnacle of international rowing.
Pat Eble stroked the US men’s eight to a silver medal, finishing behind Olympic silver medallists Germany. Elsewhere on the US team, Ben Ruble, who represented Cambridge in 2015 and 2016, finished fourth in the ‘B’ final of the men’s coxless four.
The GB Rowing team had a strong regatta, with former Blues featuring in three crews. Four athletes from the men’s eight were originally due to race, before Ollie Cook withdrew through illness. Coxed by former Cambridge Blue Henry Fieldman and stroked by 2016/17 Cambridge President Lance Tredell, the men’s eight won the ‘B’ final with a crew that also contained Cambridge alumni Tom Ransley.
The women’s pair, which featured Holly Hill and Melissa Wilson of Cambridge, finished fourth whilst former Oxford President Anastasia Chitty raced to a fifth place in the women’s eight.
The 164th Boat Race and The 73rd Women’s Boat Race will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018.