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Nov 2022 GB trials 2 x people in boat

Durham University Boat Club took on GB trials last weekend, cooking up a storm and reminding the country why Durham is the #1 Sports University of the Year (Sunday Times, 2022). Read on for a breakdown of results and successes for both the men's and women's squad.

Last weekend Durham University Boat Club took the GB November trials by storm. Each year, the squad take down a cohort of high-performance athletes to try their luck at GB trials; weighing themselves up against the most talented athletes from across the country. 

DUBC fleeted 16 athletes down South to take part in two days of racing: a 2000m ergometer trial on the Saturday, and a 5000m water time-trial on the Sunday. In advance of trials, the athletes had spent considerable time in small boats for the past few weeks, completing some serious mileage to perform well and hopefully advance to the next trials. 

The Saturday saw 5 personal bests accomplished during the 2000m ergometer from the men, and 8 personal bests from the women - a great step at this point in the season, paying tribute to the tough training the squads have been undertaking here in Durham. 
On Sunday, Levin Graf led the way for the men, placing 14th overall in the men's single. Levin previously racked up some serious experience over the summer, racing in the U23 European Championships in the Men's 4 (read more about that here). GB trials was an excellent opportunity for Levin to showcase his talents with further GB representation. From the women's team, Izzy Sellers succeeded as the fastest U23 lightweight woman from the trials - a massive result for herself and the women's team back home rooting for her. Mia Vickerman also performed exceedingly well, achieving 4th in the U23 Lightweight Women's category.  Closely followed, Anna Grace, who joined DUBC recently as a fresher from Leander this academic year, placed 5th in the U23 Women's Single. Anna had also competed in the U23 European Championships over the summer for her respective club, placing 5th in the Women's 4. 
Other solid results came from:
  • Andrew Mettrick and Gus John, who were the 5th full U23 Men's Pair.
  • Caroline Rijske who placed 8th in the U23 Lightweight Women's category.
  • George Reed placed 12th in U23 Men's Single.
  • Dominic Newton placed 13th in the U23 Men's Single.
  • Peter Goodfellow placed 14th in the U23 Men's Single.
  • Evelyna Davies placed 30th U23 Women's Single.
  • Charlotte Williams placed 33rd U23 Women's Single.
  • Jordan Kingston and Merry Oakes placing 82nd overall and 39th U23 respectively.
  • Phillipa Emery placed 95th overall.
It was an incredibly successful weekend for DUBC and a great platform to step on from into the rest of the season. Next up for us is Rutherford Head on the 3rd of December. For a full breakdown of results from the weekend, follow this link to the British Rowing website.