THE OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE WOMEN'S BLUE BOATS





The Oxford and Cambridge Women's Blue Boats for The Gemini Boat Race 2022 on Sunday 3 April have been announced.

The Women's Crews

The Gemini Boat Race has a unique place in the British psyche, attracting the interest of millions of people worldwide and over 250,000 spectators on the banks of the Thames.
The Boat Race is one of the highest profile rowing events in the world and the annual focal point of a rivalry that began with the women's race in 1927.
The long-standing tradition of formally announcing the crews marks a very important day for each of the student athletes named. This year, The Women’s Boat Race looks set to be another world-class event, showcasing the very best student athletes in the world’s best-known Varsity match. The Boat Race was one of the first large scale events to be cancelled in 2020, and was relocated to Ely last year. Today, we announce the crews racing between Putney and Mortlake on the Championship Course for the 76th Women's Boat Race.


On 7 March 2022 Oxford and Cambridge introduced crews with fantastic young athletes representing their Universities at the highest level. The crews for the 2022 race comprise an incredible array of talent across all the squads, and it is a testament to the enduring attraction of this unique event that the crews have athletes in the squads who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

It is also a unique aspect of the Boat Race that women who learnt to row at their College on the Cam or the Isis can within 3 years find themselves in a crew alongside Olympians. The dedication of all these athletes to commit to an intense training programme whilst also maintaining their full-time academic studies is incredible.

The 2022 women’s crews are truly global with 8 nationalities represented. The average age of the Cambridge crew is 24 and Oxford 22.

The Cambridge women’s crew is made up of five returning Blues; President Bronya Sykes is in the Five seat, British Olympian Imogen Grant, who placed fourth in the Lightweight Double Scull at Tokyo sits in the Stroke seat. Undergraduate Sarah Portsmouth who was selected but unable to compete in the U23’s this year, Irish woman Caomihe Dempsey who took up rowing at Trinity College Dublin and Spaniard Adriana Perez-Rotondo who learned to row as an undergraduate at Cornell University. Freshman Jasper Parish, whose brother is Stroke of the Cambridge men’s crew will be drawing on his coxing experience from his days at St Paul’s School. New Zealander and Olympian Ruby Tew who was in the Quadruple Scull in Tokyo is in the Four seat. In the Seven seat is fellow New Zealander Grace Prendergast , who raced in two boat classes at Tokyo Olympic Games winning Gold in the coxless pair and Silver in the eight. South African and former Michigan University rower Paige Badenhorst sits in the three seat.

Oxford Women have four returning Blues, President Amelia Standing, U23 World Champion in 2021, is returning for her 4th Blue. In the Four seat is Canadian Julia Lindsay whose cousin Martin Barakso is Oxford men’s President this year. Medical student and former GB international rower Anastasia Posner returns for her fifth Blue sitting in Six. Christine Cavallo, sitting at Two is an experienced Lightweight international with two U23 and three World Championship appearances for USA. Three time U23 World Champion Erin Reelick, who has represented USA at multiple World Championships achieving Bronze and Gold medals, sits at Stroke. Canadian and Tokyo Olympian in the Double Scull Gabrielle Smith sits in the Five seat. Stanford alum Anja Zehfuss sits in the Bow seat and returns for her second Blue. Australian Annie Anezakis who rowed at Princeton before Oxford as a lightweight winning Gold in the US Inter Collegiate Association Championships sits at seven. Cox Joe Gellett is the undergraduate cox who learned to cox at Hampton School and he makes his Boat Race debut after coxing Osiris in 2021.

The 2022 Gemini Boat Race will take place on Sunday 3 April, the Women’s Race will start at 14:23 GMT

BLUE BOAT


Adriana Perez Rotondo*

Newnham College


GRADUATE
COURSE- PhD Engineering
BLUE 2021

AGE - 26
NATIONALITY Spanish
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Columbia University

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BOW

Anja Zehfuss*

Green Templeton College


GRADUATE
COURSE- MPhil Development Studies
BLUE 2021

AGE - 23
NATIONALITY American
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Stanford

Caoimhe Dempsey*

Newnham College


GRADUATE
COURSE- PhD Psychology
BLUE 2020, 2021

AGE - 26
NATIONALITY Irish
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Trinity College Dublin

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2

Christine Cavallo

St Anne's College


GRADUATE
COURSE- Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment


AGE - 26
NATIONALITY American
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Stanford

Paige Badenhorst

Magdalene College


GRADUATE
COURSE- MPhil Management


AGE - 23
NATIONALITY South African
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Michigan University

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3

Amelia Standing*
PRESIDENT

St Anne's College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Engineering Science
BLUE 2019, 2020, 2021

AGE - 22
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - King's School Chester

Ruby Tew

Queens' College


GRADUATE
COURSE- MBA


AGE - 28
NATIONALITY New Zealander
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Massey University

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4

Julia Lindsay*

St Cross College


GRADUATE
COURSE- DPhil Psychiatry
BLUE 2021

AGE - 25
NATIONALITY Canadian
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - University of British Columbia

Bronya Sykes* PRESIDENT

Gonville & Caius College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Archaeology
BLUE 2020, 2021

AGE - 22
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Withington Girls

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5

Gabrielle Smith

Regents Park College


GRADUATE
COURSE- Water Science, Policy and Management


AGE - 27
NATIONALITY Canadian
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - McGill University

Sarah Portsmouth*

Newnham College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Architecture
BLUE 2020, 2021

AGE - 21
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Yarm School

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6

Anastasia Posner*

Pembroke College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Medicine
BLUE 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

AGE - 28
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Canford School

Grace Prendergast

Queens' College


GRADUATE
COURSE- Planning, Growth and Regeneration


AGE - 29
NATIONALITY New Zealand
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Massey University

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7

Annie Anezakis

Lady Margaret Hall


GRADUATE
COURSE- Pharmacology

AGE - 23
NATIONALITY Australian
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Princeton

Imogen Grant *

Trinity College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Medicine
BLUE 2017, 2018

AGE - 26
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Stephen Perse School

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STROKE

Erin Reelick

New College


GRADUATE
COURSE- MBA


AGE - 28
NATIONALITY American/New Zealand
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Princeton

Jasper Parish

Clare College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Computer Science

AGE - 18
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - St Paul's School

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COX

Joe Gellett

St Anne's College


UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE- Chemistry

AGE - 21
NATIONALITY British
PREVIOUS PLACE OF STUDY - Hampton School