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University of Nottingham rowing squad add to European medal tally


University of Nottingham rowing have added to their season's medal tally taking home one gold and two silver at the recent European University championships last week. 

Held on the picturesque Lake Palic in Serbia, the European University Sport Association (EUSA) championships saw the best crews from across the continent come together to compete. 

University of Nottingham were selected to represent Great Britain Universities in the Women's Lwt 4x, Women's Lwt2x, Women's 4- and men’s Lwt 2 categories after their performances in this year's British Universities competitions. 

First up were British Universities champions, the Women's Lightweight Quad -  one of the favourites for gold after a dominant season in domestic competition. After a thrilling race, Harriet Swindells, Lucy Gillbanks, Nina Giambrone, and Imogen North were just edged into silver medal by a strong quartet from the University of Amsterdam. Lucy and Imogen then teamed up for the Lightweight 2s, adding another silver medal to their collection. With all returning to study at Nottingham next year, the 2017/18 season is looking incredibly strong for the club. 

In the Women's 4s, the Nottingham quartet of Eleanor Russell, Grace Lodge, Grace Bolton and Freya George comfortably made the A Final in Subotica but struggled to keep in touch with the medal contenders, coming in 12 seconds behind bronze medallists from the University of Hamburg. 

In the Men's competition, Harry Nichols and Adam Giambrone took gold for GB and the University of Nottingham in the Men's LM2-, cruising to the line ahead of rivals from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. The victory marked an incredible season for the pair who also took gold with their LMx 4s team mates at the BUCS Rowing Head earlier in the season. 

Director of Rowing John McKirdy commented:

"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.”

Assistant Director of Sport Alex Perry added:

"This has been an incredibly strong year for the club right from the beginning of the season. To perform at this high level and to come home with consistently excellent results is testament to the hard work of the athletes and coaching teams. We're very proud of their achievements and are excited to see what they can do in the 2017/18 season!"

For the full results listing from the championships, please click here


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Posted on Friday 21st July 2017

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