Liverpool University Boat Club is celebrating its most successful year ever at the close of the 2013-14 season.
Rowers from both the women’s and men’s squad have competed successfully at local, regional and national events, beating crew from fellow North West institutions including Manchester and Chester, as well as universities from further afield like Birmingham, Warwick, Leeds and Sheffield.
The season saw both the men’s and women’s crews reach the A Finals – the top grouping in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta with the results including:
• 4th place for Women’s Quad (four rowers with two oars each)
• 5th place in Women’s Coxed Four (four rowers steered by a coxswain)
• 5th place in Men’s Eight (eight rowers steered by a coxswain)
• 6th place in Women’s Eight
• 6th place in Novice Women’s Eight
The team also achieved top results in the lower groupings including:
• 1st place in Men’s Fresher Eight D Final
• 1st place in Fresher Novice Women’s Coxed Four C Final
• 2nd place in Men’s Coxed Four C Final
The target for the team next year is to have crews racing and qualifying for the A Finals in the Championship Division where they would compete against the top Universities in the UK for rowing including Newcastle, Durham and Oxford Brooks.
Henley Women’s Regatta is also one of the major events of the year with crews from the US, Australia and Europe taking part. In this year’s event Liverpool Women’s Coxed Four Team made it through to the semi-final after beating the likes of Bournemouth and Oxford University in the previous stages. The team narrowly lost out on getting to the final after being pipped to the post by the University of London, who went on to win the competition.
Commenting on the team’s success, Chair of the Northwest Regional Rowing Council Chris Edwards said: “This has been a fantastic year for the boat club who have competed well and been great ambassadors for the University. This is down to the hard work, not only of all the Boat Club crews, but also the dedication and enthusiasm of their coach and support team.”