Last week 10 students along with 3 coaches from the University of Nottingham boat club flew to Subotica, in Serbia, to represent GB in the European University Sporting Association Championships.
On the first day of racing, the WLwt4x of Harriet Swindells, Lucy Gillbanks, Nina Giambrone and Imogen North came 3rd in their exhibition race for lanes. Lucy and Imogen then returned that afternoon and came second in their heat of the WLwt2x, which qualified them for the A final on Sunday. The other Nottingham duo was the MLwt2-, which consisted of Adam Giambrone and Harry Nichols. The boys came 2nd in their heat, again qualifying them for the A final. The W4- of Grace Bolton, Ellie Russell, Grace Lodge and Freya George had an exhibition race for lanes, where they came 4th, meaning that all 4 Nottingham crews had progressed onto A finals.
First up on Sundays A final was the WLwt4x, after a strong start and rowing through a crew from Germany at halfway, the girls came second to an experienced crew from the Netherlands. Next was the MLwt2- final, the boys were in the middle of the pack for most of the way, but after an incredible sprint finish they claimed the gold medal. A few hours after the silver in the quad, the WLwt2x jumped back in their boat and proceeded to get another silver. After serious technical issues at the start of the race and a consequent boat change, the W4- put in a brave race and placed 4th in their final.
The regatta was held on the beautiful Lake Palic, just a short bus ride from Subotica. GB & University of Nottingham supporters were hugely excited by such unprecedented wins. Director of rowing John McKirdy said: "I cannot put into words how proud I am of our team, our athletes took on the very best of European university talent in rowing, and came away with an incredible set of results. This would not be possible without the professional dedication to training and improvement by our athletes and team of coaches. This has been a fantastic regatta for the university gaining more medals than another EUSA campaigns in recent years.