The Club's Results

Novice Fairbairn Cup 2013

1st women's novice VIII (2nd division)

Coxed by: Seema Syeda

4th College NW1
Time: 11:48.2
Watching this race was one of the best moments of my Mich term. Despite challenging conditions, the crew committed from the start and kept hammering at Downing the entire race, finishing on their stern. Performing well in Novice Fairbairns doesn't happen by accident - this result is a gratifying sign of the work that's been done by this crew so far, and the potential to come in the next two terms.

Beautifully raced, ladies. Let's go get some blades in Lents (Alexa)
We came away from Clare Novices with only one goal in mind: an emphatic victory against Caius, who had bested us in the first round by several lengths. Whilst it was clear that all the girls shared this goal, it wasn't until they started racing that I really saw fire and aggression.

The crew attacked the first half of the race, and put together a fantastic first few minutes. By the time we came round Chesterton, the pain was obvious, but the drop in speed was minimal. Kudos.

The rowing wasn't always the prettiest, but the sheer commitment to the row, and the effort put in by every member of the crew made up for every bad moment of the term as an LBC. Every early morning was vindicated as we marched on up towards Downing's stern, finishing just one and a half lengths from them. Erin set a great rhythm, and every girl did everything they could to back her up down the course.

Seeing the girls respond to pushes despite the grimaces on their face was deeply rewarding. Telling the crew that we smashed Caius was also really fun. One member of the crew was a little down that 'my legs just stopped working halfway through', feeling that she let the side down a little. That her legs stopped working is very encouraging, and that she was disappointed with it is even more so. We'll fix the fitness, in time. It's important that this crew already has a racing mentality. Bring on Lents! (Sam)

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