Boat Race victory

13th April 2015

News

Wadhamite Maddy Badcott (2013, English) rowed to victory with Oxford University Women’s Boat Club crew in their race against Cambridge on Saturday.

  • Oxford and Cambridge women's crews

    Oxford and Cambridge women's crews

    Photo ©: “Boat Race 2015 - Women's Main Race (01)" by Katie Chan - Own work. Licenced under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

At this historic first staging of the Women's Boat Race on the same course and on the same day as the men, the women’s crew finished six-and-a-half lengths ahead of Cambridge.

This marked Oxford women’s 12th victory over Cambridge in 16 years.

It’s the first time since the men’s race started in 1829 that the crews raced on the same day, with equal billing and sponsorship by Newton Asset Management. Previously, the women’s race, which started in the 1920s, took place the week before the men’s race on a shorter course.

Oxford also won the men's race for the sixth time in eight years. The men's race is sponsored by BNY Mellon.

Watching the women’s race, Wadham SU tweeted: “#darkblue girls smashing this race - Maddy we are SO proud of you.”

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, which took place on Saturday 11 April, covers a 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of the Thames in West London, from Putney to Mortlake.

Maddy Badcott, a 19 year old undergraduate in English at Wadham, was rowing at fifth place in the boat.