Bedford Head – 10th February 2013

Unfortunately, the conditions at Bedford this time around were not so favorable and the whole day saw continual rain, which left everybody cold and wet. Despite this, the girls were in high spirits and the assembling and disassembling of the boat was easier this time around due to the experience of the Michaelmas race. Unlike the last Bedford experience, many of the best Cambridge colleges also ventured off –cam to test their mettle in new waters. Considering this, we did incredibly well to come 5th out of the women’s 8’s, well among the best of them with a time that equaled our personal best, forged at Bedford the last time.

W1: [Bow] Naomi Fenwick, [2] Kate Erin, [3] Sarah Williams, [4] Brioni Aston, [5] Beth Wratislaw, [6] Ellie Re’em, [7] Matilda Greig, [Stroke] Alex Hayes, [Cox] Nicole Samuel, [Coach] Roger Thorogood

Newnham Short Course – 2nd February 2013

W1
Well into our stride by this point in term, the girls rose to the challenge of this 2k with confidence and enthusiasm. This distance suits our crew very well as it gave us time to settle into the strong rhythm that we have been working on over the winter and pull back from any dips in power that inevitably occur. The result; 4th out of the 16 college crews proved our worth and we were pleased to see that we came out above some of the oldest rivals.

W2
This first race for W2 was a controlled, tidy row that we were pleasantly surprised with. Although we were definitely putting down power we could have been more aggressive, but a time of 09:32 achieved cleanly is a solid base to build on. We hope to improve the time when we row the same course in the Getting on Race, to secure our place in the Lent Bumps.

Crew list:
W1: [Bow] Naomi Fenwick, [2] Kate Erin, [3] Sarah Williams, [4] Brioni Aston, [5] Beth Wratislaw, [6] Ellie Re’em, [7] Matilda Greig, [Stroke] Alex Hayes, [Cox] Nicole Samuel, [Coach] Roger Thorogood

Winter Head to Head – 26th January 2013

The beginning of the Lent term saw incredibly cold weather conditions yet the head to head proceeded as planned and since King’s W1 raced in the first division, we managed to race both pieces with very little waiting around in between.
The race down river started with a little reluctance as a short warm up and temperature in the minuses had frozen limbs somewhat however it soon wound to a nice quick pace. After the first 500m the pace settled and the resulting rhythm was satisfyingly regular to the end. As a result, the time for the first race was pleasing (although sadly it not match the personal best established at Bedford).
The way back was noticeably harder, although the start was equally peppy, the overall tiredness of the crew soon began to tell and so the rhythm dipped to a rather heavier stroke. Nevertheless, the crew put absolutely everything into the final 500m and this commitment meant that although the second time was over a minute longer (against the stream), it put King’s at the top of the second division. Such a result promises good things for the lent bumps as it shows that we have earned our prospective place in the first division.
Credit must be given to the two ex-novices who experienced a baptism of fire during this difficult race and yet kept up their effort and technique throughout. Without them, there would have been great difficulty in putting together a W1 crew.

Crew list:
W1: [Bow] Naomi Fenwick, [2] Kate Erin, [3] Katherine Russell, [4] Brioni Aston, [5] Beth Wratislaw, [6] Ellie Re’em, [7] Matilda Greig, [Stroke] Alex Hayes, [Cox] Nicole Samuel, [Coach] Roger Thorogood