This year, thirteen Olympians from five countries took part in the 167th Men’s and 76th Women’s Boat Races between Oxford and Cambridge.

The annual University Boat Race is one of the world’s oldest and most famous sporting events. After two years, university students from Oxford and Cambridge returned to the River Thames this past weekend to compete in the 167th Men’s and the 76th Women’s Boat Races.

Thirteen Olympians and multiple World Champions competed alongside students who learned to row at Oxford and Cambridge in another historic day of racing.

Prior to this year’s race, Cambridge led both the men’s event 85 to 80, and the women’s event 45 to 30.

What Is The Boat Race?

The Boat Race is an annual set of rowing races contested between crews from Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs.

Also know as the University Boat Race, the men’s race was first held back in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856. The first women’s race has been held annually since 1964, after its first event in 1927. Both men’s and women’s senior races take place on the same day along “The Championship Course”, a 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of the River Thames in London, England.

2022 Senior Boat Crews

Men’s Crews

Oxford’s crew included five Olympic rowers this year; Barnabé Delarze and Roman Röösli (Switzerland, 2016), Liam Corrigan (USA, 2020), and Angus Groom and Charles Elwes (Great Britain, 2016 and 2020).

Cambridge’s crew also included four Olympic rowers; Thomas George and Oliver Wynne-Griffith (Great Britain, 2020), James Hunter (New Zealand, 2016), Simon Schürch (Switzerland, 2016).

Seat Oxford Cambridge
Name Nationality Name Nationality
Bow Liam Corrigan American Luca Ferraro British
2 David Ambler British Jamie Hunter New Zealand
3 Barnabé Delarze Swiss George Finlayson Australian
4 Jack Robertson Australian Simon Schürch Swiss
5 Roman Röösli Swiss James Bernard American
6 Charlie Elwes British Tom George British
7 Angus Groom British Ollie Wynne-Griffith British
Stroke Tobias Schröder British/Estonian Ollie Parish British/Canadian
Cox Jack Tottem British Charlie Marcus British

Women’s Crews

Oxford’s crew included Olympian Gabrielle Smith who represented Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and Erin Reelick, who won gold at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

Cambridge’s crew featured New Zealand Olympians Ruby Tew and Grace Prendergast as well as Great Britain Olympian, Imogen Grant  who finished 4th at the Tokyo 2022 games.

Seat Oxford Cambridge
Name Nationality Name Nationality
Bow Anja Zehfuss American Adriana Perez Rotondo Spanish
2 Christine Cavallo American Sarah Portsmouth British
3 Amelia Standing British Paige Badenhorst South African
4 Julia Lindsay Canadian Ruby Tew New Zealand
5 Gabrielle Smith Candian Bronya Sykes British
6 Anastasia Posner British Caoimhe Dempsey Irish
7 Annie Anezakis Australian Grace Prendergast New Zealand
Stroke Erin Reelick American Imogen Grant British
Cox Joe Gellet British Jasper Parish British/Canadian

The Result

167th Men’s Race Winner – Oxford

Oxford’s star-studded men’s crew, featuring five Olympians snapped a five-year run without a Boat Race victory as they beat Cambridge in the 167th edition of the race.

The victory means Oxford now trail Cambridge by just four races in the overall men’s standings with 81 victories to their 85.

76th Women’s Race Winner – Cambridge

With three Olympians and one of the greatest oarswomen of all-time in Grace Prendergast, Cambridge took victory in the 76th edition of the women’s Boat Race.

Grace, who won a gold and a silver medal for New Zealand at the 2020 Olympics, led her crew to victory, breaking the previous record set in 2017 by 11 seconds.

Cambridge now lead the women’s Boat Race 46 to Oxford’s 30.

Learn more about U.K. University Rowing

Whilst the annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge is one of the highlights of U.K. rowing calendar, there are a wide variety of rowing opportunities offered at universities all over the country.

There are over 70 registered rowing clubs throughout the U.K. University sport system that offer regular training and enter in multiple events throughout the academic year.

University Rowing Facilities
Rowing Training Facilities

Universities across the U.K. offer world class boathouses, gyms and indoor training facilities.

Many universities will employ specialist rowing staff to ensure their student-athletes have access the best training during their time at university. There are also opportunities for less experienced rowers to compete in specific events for beginners during their early university years.

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