The Club's Results

Mich Term 2009

1st women's IV

University IVs (1st division), 1st women's IVa

1st round
Lost to Downing
We underperformed for this race, mainly through nerves I feel, losing to the defending champions that we met last year in the final.

The draw strokes were messy but the crew managed to recover from them quickly but, as we expected, Downing took at least 1 length off us from the start.

We managed to find our rhythm and hold Downing around the kink, and we may have even made up a tiny amount of ground as we hit our cruising speed but now and again the rhythm would go and Downing slowly opened the gap from between the kink and the bridge.

After the bridge we had a good period where the boat really found its rhythm again but by that stage our lack of high rate work started to show and the rowing became really scrappy towards the end, Downing continuing to open the gap, with us suffering a mini-crab in the final straight.

We have rowed together better beforehand and I think at this stage the crew has a good platform on which to build to then go out and defend the championship for the Fairbairns IVs race. (Mark)
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University IVs (1st division), 1st Women's IVb

Quarter finals
Beat Caius by 15 seconds
Time: 6:07
WON :- D yay!!! (Charlotte)
Just saw the result - terrific! (Mark)
Firstly, I felt the need to add the "easily" to the end of the report, because it amused me. Anyways, as for the race, we were dropped a touch of the start, Aaron reckons about a seat, but a solid settle to about 34 led to us creeping back to about level by the kink, maybe a touch up. At this point I called our first push (I think, to be honest I can't really remember), and they dropped away rapidly. By the railway bridge we had clear water, which enabled me to cut shamelessly across their line and head straight for home. They kept on dropping back, and sat at about 3-4 lengths back up until the line. The really noticeable thing about this race was the effectiveness of our rowing, there were only a few strokes that I pinged as being a bit crap, and they happened when we were well up, when I can forgive the girls for not really pushing :). I was also enormously impressed by the commitment through the first two thirds, which enabled us to ensure that the race was as good as won by just beyond the railway bridge. All in all, a pretty good row, maybe a touch more speed and togetherness off the start needed, but other than that, an excellent result :) (Swords)
Well done!!!
All the best luck for tomorrow, girls!! (Ulrike)
Semi finals
lost to Downing
To be honest, they were quicker than us, much as it pains me to admit it :-) They had taken about a length out in the start, not helped by a minor voyage to the meadow side on my part, pushed out to about 2 lengths by the railway bridge, at which point a last ditch push held them until about the P&E when we kind of died. Oh well. Their second IV was medium to very spactastic so had we chosen to race in the second division we'd have done better, but there'd have been less point in that. I certainly gained some much needed race practice and we probably learnt a lot from racing the best women's IV on the river. Still, as an eight we're looking fast for Fairbairn's. Turbokeen. (Swords)
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Fairbairn Cup - IVs (College IVs)

1st Women's Senior IV
Time: 12:46
Same crew as Uni IV's but in a different crew order, for one, stroke-rigged this time. Hadn't rowed in a IV since Uni's but an amazing row altogether despite the tiredness from the morning race. (Hannah)
An excellent performance to defend the title, and what a race to bankparty, especially since after losing early on in Uni IVs you only rowed in the VIII from then on.

It was quite obvious from the Selwyn boathouse that you were slowly gaining on CUW and you continued to slowly make ground throughout the course. The rhythm was good and the strokes long and hard. Absolutely textbook. (Mark)
Well, this was a scratch crew, who had done no training in a IV since Uni IVs. I went down the course largely thinking "somebody else will have trained for this, and they'll beat us", and as such I was perhaps less aggressive with rate demands as I could have been, and hence we slightly underrated the course. But we still won, so that was okay in my opinion :). As has been said, this is not as massive a result as the VIII, however the fact that FaT can rock up and win the IVs, and the 2nd IVs, by accident says a lot for the strength of this squad. Very much looking forward to next term :)

Coincidentally, CUW. Lol. (Swords)
Classy repetition of last year's performance.

The start from backstops was slightly wobbly, not at all surprising since everyone had to get adjusted to following someone new. The plan was to row as similar to how we all rowed in the VIII as possible to make sure we find a good rhythm, and it totally worked out. After a short but efficient wind we settled into a chunky and pretty relaxed r30 which eventually dropped down slightly to r28 final cruising speed.

Despite significantly underrating CUW ahead we constantly kept moving up on them over the course. The distance to Downing behind us was difficult to guess from the boat. It looked like they were gaining on us between Chesterton and and the Railway Bridge; however, an epic final push from the kink onwards all the way to the finish obviously meant that we moved away again and eventually finished with a comfortable 7s margin.

Fortunately, Swords had done his homework after the VIIIs and steered absolutely smashing lines throughout.

We were all pretty knackered from the morning and didn't think we'd stand a chance to win this anyway, but then it felt so surprisingly efficient and well together for a scratch IV that I think at some point we tacitly and unanimously decided to really give it all again.

It was totally worth it. Beating every other crew out there means that next year FaT first Ladies IV will start ahead of CUW. Which is how it really should be! (Ulrike)
Solid row and great result, especially given that the VIII had been the sole focus of the run-up. It took several of us to shout from the bank that CUW were being reeled in before the girls believed us but they gained steadily over the first half of the course, despite rating a pip or two lower, and then dug deep for the last few minutes to hold their lead. Incidentally I understand that at least one of the CUW IVs was from the upper part of their heavyweight squad. (Neil T)
The "upper part of [the CUW] heavyweight squad" is not a phrase I ever want to hear again. (RTT)
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