Two Exeter Students to row for Oxford in Boat Race!
There was wonderful news for Exeter this week, as it was officially announced that Exeter student Ben Myers (2008, Physics) will be rowing in the Oxford boat in this year’s Boat Race, and Ben Snodin (2007, Physics) will row in Isis.
Ben Myers is the youngest member of the squad and the two Bens are two of only three undergraduates in the squad. Ben Myers’ chance at a place in the Blue Boat came while substituting for under-23 international Ed Newman, when he impressed the coach so much he clinched a late selection.
Ben Myers is the first Exeter student to row in the Oxford boat since James B. Kindersley in 1914. He will be the 36th Exonian in all to secure a place rowing in the Oxford boat since the race began in 1829.
There is little to choose between the two crews this year: Cambridge are half a kilo heavier, a margin too narrow to be significant. Perhaps more worryingly they have three returning Blues to Oxford’s one, but Oxford make up for that by having all three of the Olympians in the race. Cambridge currently lead the series (begun in 1829) by 79 wins to 75. Oxford won last year’s race.
The 156th Boat Race takes place on Saturday, 3 April 2010 at 16:30