The Club's Results

Mich Term 2015

2nd men's IV

Cambridge Autumn Head (College IV+)

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University IVs (2nd division)

Quarter finals
Beat 3rd Men's IV (19 s)
Time: 8:02
Definitely not as good as during the 4x3 minute pieces on the weekend, but the intent to row fast and together was there, and first post reach felt nice. Deteriorated after Grassy and we never really picked it up properly after then (just lost balance and send). We realised after the race that clean finishes and proper rock-overs might actually help sit the boat, and managed to apply that change on Friday. (Neil I.)
Semi finals
Beat Jesus M2 (15 s)
Time: 7:56
That was a great race; we started extremely relaxed and kept the timing and rate throughout the whole piece. The rating felt ridiculously low, but this was just due to the extra smoothness. The boat was nicely sat most of the time, with only a few bad moments that did not take away from the overall feeling of togetherness. I for one finished the race not realising that my legs were hurting until after we crossed the finish line. Definitely my favourite bit of rowing so far this term. It's always difficult to tell distances during Uni IVs, but I felt that being in front gave a good incentive to keep the pressure high and constant, and we opened up a nice margin towards the end. (Neil I.)
Lost to LMBC (16 s)
Time: 7:57
After the great race against Jesus, which put us, to our slight surprise, into the final of our event, we determined to go out and win this category and demonstrate our newly found speed. This determination showed in the paddle down, which was equally good and even more relaxed than the piece. We parked and waited (quite a long time) for Maggie W1 to appear for their final against Downing - was this an attempt at intimidation?

We started strong and relaxed, if a little scrappier than before. Finesse progressively dissolved a little into raw application of power, but we were still thinking about clean tap downs and positive rock-overs, which allowed the boat feel to stay nice and level throughout. We were told that we were a few strokes down at the Plough, so called a power raise, which turned into an unsustainable push and then a rate wind as we got onto the reach. I don't think that we could have got much more power down over those last 500 m. We couldn't see Maggie (being behind them), but I suppose that they must have also put on a big push at this time, as they progressively increased their lead to several lengths.

Despite the slightly frustrating end result, we were all really pleased with this week's racing, due to the technical changes that we made and the relaxation that we found. Getting a crew a week before Uni IVs and making it come together so nicely definitely bodes well for the rest of term. If we can get the power from the end of this race and the technique from the last into our rowing, we'll be going quite fast indeed.
(Neil I.)
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Cambridge Winter Head (Student IVs)

8th in Student IVs
Time: 10:27
Having done seat racing the day before, and finding some fairly significant speed disparities (~20s over 1k) between my stroke-side and bow-side it was decided that it would make sense to swap the sides of 3 people in this 4 for this race (in the best tradition of the coxless 4). Given this change it was a pretty decent row, but we probably could have gone a lot faster if we had had a chance to train in this combination, or on the relevant sides! (Matthew)
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