Success breeds success, so goes the old maxim. Never has this been truer than with the Queen's Novices at their first major event of the season. With a morning of good rowing and great results under their belts, with Men's 8+s taking Silver and Bronze, and the Ladies 4+ narrowly missing out on medal, the spirits within the club were sky high.
The afternoon saw the Ladies 8+s in action, as well as a Men's 4+. Having been achingly close to medalling in the morning, the Ladies crews went out determined to put in their best performances. And they certainly didn't disappoint.
The B crew moved well through the pack, looking strong right to the end to post an impressive time of 10.52, coming 5th overall out of 27 crews.
The A crew were able to put in a thundering performance, posting a truly fantastic time of 10.17 in very testing conditions, and taking the first Gold medals of the weekend for Queen's.
Keen to improve on their earlier medals, the Men's 4+ also rowed well in the rougher water, steaming down the course in 10.03 to take the second set of Gold medals for Queen's this weekend.
All in all, a wonderful day's racing for the club and a raft of medals and great times for the Novices to show for all their dedication and graft over the long Winter months. The Novice squad is in rude health this year in terms of numbers, with retention maintaining high throughout the season. Today showed us that the squad is blessed with great ability and determination as well.
A fantastic day's rowing. Tomorrow sees the Senior crews competing and hopefully adding further to the medal pile. Updates will be posted on here throughout the day and results can be followed live on the BUCS HORR results page.
Also very best of luck to the 3 Queen's Rowers down at the NRC in Cork for Irish trials this weekend. Here's hoping the club's success this weekend is spread far and wide!