Brookes’ women’s squad had a fantastic set of results at this weekend’s Women’s Head. Previous years has seen the top crew come 17th in 2014 with the IM3 pennant, 8th in 2015 with the IM2 pennant, and this year was no exception, picking up the IM1 pennant. The women’s squad had a strong showing from all 3 boats, culminating in the 1st Eight finishing a fantastic 4th overall out of 325 crews competing on the day. With the standard and field getting stronger and stronger every year, it’s great to see Brookes’ women constantly in the upper echelons and beating a lot of the top programs in the country.
7-seat Susie Dear gave her thoughts on Saturday’s pennant-winning racing:
We knew that if we wanted to do well, we had to go at it from stroke 1 – be relentless with it, and try to win it in the first half and not the second. It’s a testament to all the hard work that Brookes women have put in over the past few years. 3 years ago as a novice, I started 185th and finished 17th, and to finish this year in 4th position is pretty special, and I’m so pleased to be able to share it with ‘the Gails’.
The Boat Club is looking forward to seeing the men’s squad replicate their success, at the Head of the River Race in 2 weeks time. The top 2 crews are starting 3rd and 4th respectively, and with many Olympic athletes missing from the HoRR draw due to Olympic Trials, there’s all to play for.
1st VIII – 4th (Intermediate pennant)
2nd VIII – 28th
3rd VIII – 82nd