Official Crews for The BNY Mellon Boat Race and The Newton Women’s Boat Race 2015

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The 161st Boat Race will see a younger Oxford crew take on a Cambridge crew who weighed in an average of 5.25kg per man heavier. As well as weight, the Light Blue crew also has height and Boat Race experience on its side, with an average advantage of just over 5cm per man and an additional returning Blue.


Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club will take a marginal weight advantage into The 2015 Newton Women’s Boat Race of 0.9kg per athlete. Oxford University Women’s Boat Club hold a height advantage of a little over 3cm per athlete, boosted by Olympic Champion Caryn Davies at nearly 6 foot 3 inches.


Both Oxford crews feature a range of international athletes, with four nations in total represented between the two crews. In the Men’s Blue Boat, the O’Connor brothers from New Zealand and Tom Swartz, Michael Di Santo and William Hakim from America back up the British athletes William Geffin, Henry Goodier, James Cook and Constantine Louloudis.  The Women’s Boat mainly consists of American and British athletes, with an addition of Swiss born Nadine Graedel Iberg in 5 seat.  Caryn Davies, who will be the most decorated Olympian to compete in either of The Boat Races having won a silver and two golds at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games, will sit in the stroke seat.


In comparison to the 2014 Cambridge Women’s crew, this year’s Blue Boat boasts a variety of different nationalities, with Canadian Ashton Brown, Americans Daphne Martschenko and Rosemary Ostfeld and Fanny Belais of France. Once again, Ian Middleton has secured his coxing seat in the Cambridge Men’s Blue Boat, joined by fellow Brit William Warr in the 5 seat. Henry Hoffstot returns as stroke, supported by fellow Americans and returning Blues Luke Juckett, Matthew Jackson and first-time Blue Ben Ruble.


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Men’s Presidents: Constantine Louloudis for Oxford and Alexander Leicher for Cambridge

Stiff competition has meant that a number of returning Blues have been unable to regain their places for The 2015 BNY Mellon Boat Races. However, across the 4 clubs there are still 16 returning Blues.  OUBC have selected 4 Blues from last year: Tom Swartz, Michael Di Santo, Sam O’Connor and Constantine Louloudis. Opposite them will be Luke Juckett, Matthew Jackson, Joshua Hooper, Henry Hoffstott and Ian Middleton returning to the Cambridge Blue Boat.


From The 2014 Newton Womens Boat Race, the Oxford University Womens Boat Club have selected Maxie Scheske, Lauren Kedar and Nadine Graedel Iberg and this year’s President Anastasia Chitty. Returning for Cambridge will be Melissa Wilson, Claire Watkins and President Caroline Reid.


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Women’s Presidents: Anastasia Chitty for Oxford and Caroline Reid for Cambridge


The 2015 BNY Mellon Boat Races will take place on Saturday 11th April 2015. The Newton Women’s Boat Race will take place at 4.50pm, followed by the BNY Mellon Boat Race at 5.50pm


Official Crews for The 2015 BNY Mellon Boat Race are listed below with their respective weights:
Position Name Weight (kg)
Bow: Jasper Holst – 86.8kg

2: Luke Juckett – 85.2kg

3: Ben Ruble – 84.8kg

4: Alexander Leichter – 99.0kg

5: William Warr – 94.2kg

6: Matthew Jackson – 94.0kg

7: Joshua Hooper – 92.6kg

Stroke: Henry Hoffstot –  91.2kg

Cox: Ian Middleton – 53.6kg

Total Weight Ex. Cox 727.8kg
Average Weight Ex. Cox  90.98kg
Total Weight Inc. Cox 781.4kg
Average Weight Inc. Cox  86.82kg


Position Name Weight (kg)
Bow: William Geffen – 82.2kg

2: Thomas Swartz – 76.6kg

3: Henry Goodier – 88.2kg

4: James O’Connor – 83.4kg

5: James Cook – 83.8kg

6: Michael DiSanto – 90.8kg

7: Sam O’Connor – 88.6kg

Stroke: Constantine Louloudis – 92.2kg

Cox: William Hakim – 54.6kg

Total Weight Ex. Cox   685.8kg
Average Weight Ex. Cox  85.73kg
Total Weight Inc. Cox  740.4kg
Average Weight Inc. Cox  82.27kg

The Official Crews for The 2015 Newton Women’s Boat Race are listed below with their respective weights:



Position Name Weight (kg)
Bow: Hannah Evans – 69.2kg

2: Ashton Brown – 80.8kg

3: Caroline Reid – 66.0kg

4: Claire Watkins – 71.2kg

5: Melissa Wilson – 77.8kg

6: Holly Hill – 78.8kg

7: Daphne Martschenko – 76.4kg

Stroke: Fanny Belais – 60.8kg

Cox: Rosemary Ostfeld – 49.8kg


Total Weight Ex. Cox  581.0kg
Average Weight Ex. Cox  72.63kg
Total Weight Inc. Cox  630.8kg
Average Weight Inc. Cox  70.09kg



Position Name Weight (kg)

Bow: Maxie Scheske – 66.6kg

2: Anastasia Chitty – 69.6kg

3: Shelley Pearson – 70.0kg

4: Lauren Kedar – 75.4kg

5: Nadine Graedel Iberg – 72.4kg

6: Emily Reynolds – 67.4kg

7: Maddy Badcott – 74.0kg

Stroke: Caryn Davies – 78.4kg

Cox: Jennifer Ehr – 50.4kg


Total Weight Ex. Cox  573.8kg
Average Weight Ex. Cox  71.72kg
Total Weight Inc. Cox  624.2kg
Average Weight Inc. Cox  69.36kg

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