The First Welsh Universities Championship of Sculling

On Saturday 16th February, SURC participated in the first ever Welsh Universities Sculling Championships (WUCS), which our own president, Ewan Mortlock, helped to create.

The event, which is the first of its kind, saw university rowing clubs from around Wales come together to compete for the WUCS shield.

There were three events to the day; Women, Men and Mixed. The racing commenced with the women, who won their heat against Aberystwyth, leading them into the semi-finals. In the semi’s, the women pushed hard but unfortunately, Bangor edged the win.

We then saw the mixed quad, consisting of two members from both the Senior Men and Women’s squads. They also won their heat, this time against Bangor, which again saw the crew into the semi-finals. Their opponents for the semi-final was Cardiff, a race that was anticipated by both Swansea and Cardiff supporters. However, after racing well for the first half of the race, a slight mishap with the steering saw the quad unable to finish the race and also losing a space in the finals. Both crews raced very well considering they were both scratch crews.

The highlight of the day was the men’s quad, who took home the medal. They had a race that all the supporters were looking forward to, Swansea V Cardiff. Much to everyone’s delight, Swansea took the easy win, a race that will hopefully mimic the outcome of the Welsh Varsity. The men then competed against Bangor, which lead them into the final against Aberystwyth. The quad was triumphant in the race, leading them to win the event overall. The winning quad consisted of Sam Carroll, Ewan Mortlock, Guy Elder and Jack Gibson, a crew that shows great potential in races to come.

After the races had finished, the clubs gathered together to learn of the all-around results. Unfortunately, Swansea missed out on winning the shield by a point, however, it was a good day of racing and sculling experience for many of our rowers. A big thank you to the organisers of the event, and hopefully, we will race again when the event occurs for the second year in 2020.

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