THE OXFORD WOMEN'S TRIAL VIIIs CREWS


Oxford University Women's Boat Club’s annual Trial VIIIs will take place on Tuesday 18 January 2022. The annual intra-team event is a tradition for Oxford and Cambridge in the preparations for The Boat Race.

Background

Trial VIIIs is an important race in The Boat Race Season for a number of reasons; testing the performances of athletes and coxes and it introduces the teams to the official Boat Race Umpires.
The races will take places over The Championship Course starting in Putney and finishing in Chiswick and will be held on the same Tide as The Boat Race on 3 April 2022. These squad races are the only opportunity Oxford has to race the full course under the gaze of the official race umpires before the big day in April: The Women's Trial Races will be Umpired by John Garrett

In the weeks leading up to the race the coaches will have split the squads in two, as the coaches try to build evenly ‘matched ‘crews. This race gives the Coaches another opportunity to see how athletes perform under intense side by side pressure, if the crews are ‘matched’ they should be moving at similar speeds, creating tight and often exciting races. Coxes will be under pressure to give their crew the edge, to ensure steering is as good as possible, to test the individual rowers on their ability to perform under pressure. The result here will go a long way to deciding the crews that will represent Oxford in the Blue Boat and Reserve Crew.

Special Names for racing crews?

Another feature of the Trial VIIIs is the names given to the crews. The student athletes will select names for the crews, often drawing on key moments in history or deeply personal connections to drive intra-team competition and inspire a purposeful winning mind-set for the teams. This year the Oxford Women's crews are named 'SPEED and 'STYLE'. These names are a reference to the first Women's Boat Race, in 1927, where the event was going to be judged on style but in the end was judged on speed as the crews were too close on style points!.

Women's Chief Coach, Andy Nelder says ahead of the race,
"OUWBC are looking forward to holding a Trials Race. The usual challenges of making mixed crews have been compounded by having to hold the race in term time, but it was worth waiting and having a new year training camp first.”
President Amelia Standing is looking forward to the race, she says,
"The team is really excited to have the opportunity to race on the Tideway for Trial VIIIs. We've made great progress in our crews and are looking forward to a hard fought race."

SPEED

Racing in Blue Tops


STYLE

Racing in White Tops


Laurel Kaye
Speed

Worcester


Nationality American
Course Astrophysics
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BOW

Georgia Jones
Style

Somerville


Nationality British
Course Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Claire Aitken
Speed

Oriel


Nationality British
Course Cardiovascular Science
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2

Oriane Grant
Style

St Catherine's


Nationality British
Course Medicine

Alison Carrington
Speed

Hertford


Nationality British
CourseMedicine
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3

Emma Hewlett
Style

Trinity


Nationality Dutch
Course Classics

Lucy Miles
Speed

Lady Margaret Hall


Nationality British
Course History and Politics
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4

Olivia Farrar
Style

Wolfson


Nationality American
Course Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology

Megan Stoker
Speed

St Peter’s


Nationality British
Course Women's and Reproductive Health
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5

Christine Cavallo
Style

St Anne's


Nationality American
Course Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment

Amelia Standing
Speed

St Anne's


Nationality British
Course Engineering
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6

Gabrielle Smith
Style

Regent's Park


Nationality Canadian
Course Water Science, Policy and Management

Anastasia Posner
Speed

Pembroke


Nationality British
Course Medicine
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7

Julia Lindsay
Style

St Cross


Nationality Canadian
Course Psychiatry

Anja Zehfuss
Speed

Green Templeton


Nationality American
Course Development Studies
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STROKE

Annie Anezakis
Style

Lady Margaret Hall


Nationality Australian
Course Pharmacology

Charlotte Grayson
Speed

Wadham


Nationality British
Course Philosophy, Politics and Economics
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COX

Joe Gellett
Style

St Anne's


Nationality British
Course Chemistry