Saturday of Eights was everything is was meant to be: warm, sunny, and exciting! The Jesus crews kicked it off again with a completely revamped Vikings crew trying to hold off a very strong St Anthony’s II. Unfortunately, despite the immense talent in the boat, “crew cohesion is worth something” (a quote from Tom Commins, stroke of the Vikings on Saturday). St Anthony’s II managed to catch the Vikings just as they passed in front of the University College boat house.
The Men’s Third Eight were unfortunately bumped again, to earn spoons this year. The Women’s Second Eight were also bumped by Brasenose II. The Men’s Second Eight rowed over thanks to a falling Magdalen II crew who were easily bumped by St Edmund’s Hall II.
The real action of the day came from the top boats: both the Men’s and Women’s First boats bumped right in front of Jesus boat house, for two thrilling races, back to back. On the women’s the side, for the first time in history everyone in a division bumped out. As for the men, their bump on Brasenose finished their run for spoons.
Although no blades were earned this Eights campaign, it was a phenomenal week for the rowers, coaches, supporters, staff, and everyone else involved. JCBC would like to thank everyone who helped make this Eights Week a success, and we are looking forward to next year!
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See you on the River in 2017!