BUCS

BUCS Regatta - Day 3 Results

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Queen's finished up at BUCS Regatta 2018 in style with a flurry of strong performances and some medals to boot.

The Men's Championship 4X took Gold medal with a very solid performance, taking the lead at the 1km mark and seeing off competition from Reading to take the top spot.

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This added to the Silver medal won by the Women's Beginner 8+ earlier in the day, seeing off a late surge by Bath to cap off a weekend of great performances by the Ladies Club. With both Beginner 8+s making the Semi-Finals it shows the strength in depth across the Women's Novice squad.

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Along with the Novices the Women's Intermediate 4+ put in a storming performance to take first in the B Final. With 5 crews neck and neck entering the last 500m the Ladies produced a blistering wind-up to pull ahead of their competitors and finish the weekend on a high.

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The Men's Intermediate 4X narrowly missed out on Bronze, finishing 4th in the Final while Dan Colbeck qualified for the Men's Beginner 1X Semi Finals, finishing 10th overall out of 60 entries. The Men's Intermediate 2- made the A final but were unable to replicate their strong performance from the Semi Final and finished 6th.

Full results for the entire Regatta can be found here

Our thanks go to BUCS for hosting yet another fantastic regatta.

BUCS Regatta - Day 2 Results

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Sunday saw an even busier day of racing for Queen's beneath cloudless skies and on calm water.

The Men's Intermediate and Championship 2X both held their own to bring home Silver in their respective finals. Adding to the medals was Fiona Bell winning Bronze in the Women's Championship 1X.

The Men's Championship Lightweight 2X was narrowly beaten into 4th in their final to be denied a medal, in what would become a familiar feat for the rest of the day.

The Women's Beginner 4X comfortably qualified for the A final but were unable to keep up with the leading three crews in the final itself, coming 4th overall and despite not medalling, putting in a series of strong performances throughout the day, setting them up for the 8+s on Day 3.

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The Women's Intermediate 8+ rowed well in the morning time trials to qualify for the Semi Finals. Unable to build on that later in the day, they came 6th in the B final in what proves to be a stronger field year on year. Similarly the Women's Beginner 4+ had to settle for a B final, pipping Exeter at the line for 2nd place by 0.4 secs.

Last but certainly not least the Men's Beginner 8+s were in action. Both crews had strong time trials, comfortably making it into the Semi Finals. With both crews drawn in the same Semi, they were both up against a strong field if they were to make it into the A final.

The A crew put in a strong performance, comfortably taking 2nd and making it through the A final. The B crew were determined not to be left out, and in a dogfight with Warwick's A crew in the final 250m, they dug very deep and found another gear, taking 3rd by a mere 0.14 secs to create history and have both crews through to the final.

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Sadly, the Final itself didn't yield more medals for the club, with the A crew being beaten into 4th on the line. Heartbreaking to be so close and miss out, but a lack of medals does nothing to conceal the fantastic strength in depth of this year's Novice Men squad and the great character within. The future for the men's club is looking very bright indeed.

BUCS Regatta - Day 1 Results

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A fantastic day of rowing for Queen's on Day 1 at BUCS.

The highlight of the day was the Men's Novice 4+ A final. Half a length down at the 1km mark, they found an extra gear to row through Liverpool and take the Gold medal with clear water at the end. The B 4+ performed very well to come 2nd in the B final.

This followed on from medals in the Men's Intermediate Single, taking both Gold and Silver in a two boat race, as well as first place in the B Final.

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Queen's also took Silver and narrowly missed out on Bronze in the Men's Championship Single scull.

The Men's Novice 4X placed 4th in their A final. A heartbreaking result for a crew that dominated their Semi-Final and has progressed immensely since being formed two months ago,

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Similarly, the Women's Championship Lightweight 2X were achingly close to making the Final.  A tremendous showing for a crew that held their own in a field full of U23 International rowers.

The Women's Intermediate 4X placed 4th in their C Final. A respectable result in a competitive category.

In the Men's Intermediate Lightweight 1X, Queen's placed 6th in the A Final and 1st in the B final.

BUCS HORR 2018 Day 2 Round-Up

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More good news from Cork as Miles Taylor and Nathan Hull both took 2nd place in the U23 Lightweight 2X and the U23 2X respectively.

Back on Tyneside, race conditions had deteriorated somewhat and the remaining races were shortened to 3km. The Intermediate Men's 8+ got the afternoon's racing underway, along with a crew of Novice men, taking the opportunity to come up against a higher quality of competition. The Novices embraced the wilder conditions to post a time of 9.35.7, coming 37th out of a field of more than 80 Intermediate crews. A sign of how far they've come since taking up the sport in September. 

Emily Sampson-Barnes doing what Emily Sampson-Barnes does

Emily Sampson-Barnes doing what Emily Sampson-Barnes does

The Intermediate men came 10th with a time of 8.37.7, which would have seen them come 7th in the Championship category. A sign of how the standard of Intermediate rowing continues to rise year on year across UK Universities. 

After some thankfully unfounded fears of the remaining races being cancelled, the final two crews to race set off up the course. By this stage the Tyne had become more of a gauntlet than a race course. Rough water and powerful flow made for the most testing conditions of the weekend. 

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The Women's Championship Lightweight 4- were first to race. With a time of 10.12.1, the came 5th, a fantastic result in gruelling conditions. Finally, the Women's Intermediate 4+ were the last Queen's crew to race. Battling down the course, they came 4th with a time of 10.33.1, a gut-wrenching 1.5 seconds off the bronze medal position. An agonisingly difficult result to take but an exceptionally good row, and in time, no doubt a powerful source of inspiration for the rest of their season.

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Women's Intermediate 4+

And so ended the weekend's racing. Boats were broken, trailers were packed and the club set off back to Belfast with much to celebrate. With 15 crews entered, 12 finished in the top 10, 9 finished in the top 5, and 4 won medals. This was a remarkably strong performance from the club as it continues it's resurgence, something that hasn't gone unnoticed across the water, with plenty offering congratulations and expressing delight at Queen's being back competing amongst the top rowing Universities of the UK.

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BUCS HORR 2018 - Day 2 Update

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After a day of fantastic success in Newcastle and with great news coming from Irish trials in Cork, with Miles Taylor coming first in the Men's U23 LWT 2X, the crews descended on Tyne United BC this morning eagre to get going.

This morning's sessions saw the Intermediate Ladies 8+ in action as well as a Novice 8+ entered to cut their teeth against a higher standard of opposition. The Novice Ladies excelled themselves over a longer distance than the Novice races, coming 25th, ahead of more than 15 Intermediate crews. A fantastic result for the ladies building on their gold from yesterday in the Novice category.

The Intermediate Ladies posted a fantastic time of 16.20.4, placing 6th overall in a highly competitive field of 43 crews. For a squad of ten athletes, this is an exceptional result.

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Next came the Men's fours and quads. Championship Lightweight 4- posted a time of 15.50.7 and the Intermediate B 4+ posted 17.16.5. The Intermediate A 4+ turned heads with a fantastic race in tricky conditions, coming 5th in a field of over 30 boats. A fantastic result to camp off the morning's racing.

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As conditions continue to deteriorate, the races have been shortened from 5km to 3km for the afternoon and the race schedule has been readjusted. Updates will continue to be posted on here as the day continues or can be followed live at the Row Results live feed

BUCS HORR - Day 1 Update

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Hello from BUCS Head! Novices were in action this morning with two Novice Men's 8+s and one Novice Ladies 4+ racing. With boats built nice and early, and the Tyne looking calm (relatively) there was just enough time for a pep talk and some nerves to build before launching.

First down the course were the Novice Men's A 8+, looking strong and efficient and posting an impressive time of 10.20. Not to be outdone the B 8+ steamed through the pack to post a fantastic time of 10.27. Putting the crews 2nd and 3rd respectively out of a field of 25 crews. A truly phenomenal achievement to have two 8+s on the podium at a BUCS event, when the standard of Novice rowing in the UK in recent years has got better year on year.

Then came the Ladies 4+ who rowed exceptionally well in a competitive field. Coming 4th and narrowly missing out on a medal by only 3 seconds. This sets them up fantastically well for this afternoon's Ladies 8+s, as the quest for more medals continues unabated!

Results can be watched live on the live results page or we'll have further updates on here after this afternoon's racing. 

 

BUCS Head 2018

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After a long ( and seemingly never-ending!) Winter of training the first big race of the season is upon us. Over the weekend both clubs will be in competing at BUCS head against the the best UK Universities have to offer.

On Saturday 24th Feb, Novices Ladies and Men are in action, with two 8+s and one 4+ from each club being entered, offering them a chance to cut their teeth at a competitive level for the first time. Sunday 25th sees the Intermediate squad in action, with 2 x 8+s and 3 x 4+s in competition.

With the trailers packed on Thursday evening, and final preparations complete, all that remains is to take to the Tyne and leave everything on the water. The squads have put in some serious mileage over the Winter, with unwavering commitment and grit, and Saturday finally lets them put everything they've grafted for, to the test. Results will be posted on here over the weekend and I'm sure you'll join me in wishing them all the best in their quest to bring home the medals.

November Update

As we continue through the winter months, the days have been getting shorter as the training gets harder. We hope this reaches you well, and would like to give you an update on what we have and will be getting up to at Queens Rowing.

The weekend of the 4th November, Queens sent 4 athletes to the GB Rowing Trials 1st Assessment in Boston, Lincolnshire. The trial consisted of a 2k erg and if successful, a 5k water trial. Sam Mckeown in the Mens Open category pulled an outstanding 5.55.8 to come 10th out of 149 entries. He then finished 15th on the water. Fiona Bell in the Women’s Open category stormed to a PB with a time of 6.58.1 finishing 16th out of 98 entries and then 14th on the water. Miles Taylor in the Men’s Lightweight category also achieved a personal best time of 6.26.3, finishing 17th out of 48 and later 12th on the water.

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The following weekend saw us unable to compete at Bann Head. The senior squads continued training as normal, but with our novices determined not to miss out on any racing activity, a mini-head was held, with write up to follow this post.

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This past weekend, Queens Rowing took part in the BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships. The championships included a 1K for our beginner men and women and a 2k for our senior athletes. Everyone pushed themselves to fantastic performances, with PB’s for the majority of our athletes. We await the official results of this event, but hope to see Queens athletes high up on the leader boards. Our goal is to carry on from our successful past season, keeping the Queen’s name out there to be talked about as a high performing university.

The years remaining events are the Queens Vs Trinity Novice sprints to be held on the 9th December, the annual dinners as well as the Lagan Festive Head on the 16th of December. We will let you know more about these events and the results of the BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships in due course.