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Metropolitan Regatta 2024 – Preview Women’s Coxed Fours

By Vaseline May30,2024

This weekend the Metropolitan Regatta will put the women’s coxswains on full display. With more than 30 teams across championship, club and academic categories, the varied competition promises to deliver exciting performances. As the summer season progresses towards major events such as the Henley Women’s Regatta, it will be interesting to see if this weekend’s teams are ready to practice, or if combinations continue to be experimented with to maximize success. In this preview, I’ll look at the spectrum of crews entered in all three categories, and the standout four teams to look out for.

Championship category

The coxed ladies at this year’s regatta will feature three competitors in the championship category: Neptune Rowing Club Ireland (L Brown), University of Durham (T Dunn), and Dublin University Ladies Boat Club Ireland (S Tavey). First, Talei Dunn from Durham, who finished fifth in the women’s coxless championship at this year’s BUCS Regatta, brings valuable experience to the event. This is complemented by the fact that Durham University has finished in the top five in this category at this event for the past two years. Meanwhile, the Dublin University Ladies Boat Club came second in last year’s event and should therefore not be underestimated. Finally, although little is known about the current line-up of the Neptune Rowing Club, the club reportedly has a strong legacy of producing National Champions, World Champions and Olympians, indicating a high potential for strong performance with four coxswains .

Club category

Success at the Henley Women’s Regatta can be an important goal for many of these competitors. While some clubs will undoubtedly use this race as an opportunity to test new crew combinations, others are already expected to dominate. Another Irish rowing club, Skibbereen, is definitely one to watch. The crew includes Hazel Deanewhose great ability will shine in this event, having competed in both a junior women’s pair and eight at Home Internationals. Upper Thames RC (A Bridgen) is also a strong contender, having won the women’s four-coated club at the Wallingford Regatta a few weeks ago, beating Vesta RC by well over a length. Vesta’s team (H Luedke), who finished first at the Poplar Regatta, will be keen to reverse this result.

Academic category

The academic Coxed Fours event appears to offer a wide range of experience levels. Edinburgh University Boat Club And University of London Boat Clubb Both teams competing, consisting of athletes closer to novice status and less experience racing together. Conversely, there are also crews in this category that want to produce serious speed. For example, Loren Boles is part of the Imperial College Boat Club crew in this event, and was part of the crew that won the ambitious coxless fours at last year’s Henley Women’s Regatta. Boles has also competed in both the coxless eight and four championships at this year’s BUCS Regatta, so whichever team she enters can be expected to perform well. In the middle of this spectrum of experiences, University of Durham (A Davies) reached the B final in the intermediate four with women’s coxswain at this year’s BUCS Regatta, while Dublin University Ladies Boating Club (E Barrett-Cotter) was third in the intermediate coxed four at Erne Fours Head of the River on their home ground. It will certainly be intriguing to see how experience levels impact performance and whether developmental athletes can challenge more seasoned competitors.

Conclusions

The Metropolitan Regatta offers another glimpse into the progress of summer racing, with many teams poised to compete fiercely to secure external achievements or internal results that are likely to validate the crew’s decisions. This event is likely to serve as a precursor to the Henley Women’s Regatta, where similar teams will aim for prestigious trophies such as the Frank V Harry Cup for coxswain development. Additionally, it is important to consider whether crews will drop their coxswain to increase their options and compete for additional achievements, such as the Avril Vellacott Cup for championship-level coxless fours or the Lester Trophy for ambitious coxless fours. Successful teams can even aim for the Town Challenge Cup for women’s fours at the Henley Royal Regatta. This will largely depend on both strategy and crew dynamics, with decisions potentially hinging on this weekend’s results. Overall, the Metropolitan Regatta will be a fantastic experience for athletes at all levels, providing a platform for both emerging and established rowers to showcase their skills and compete for glory.

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