Brookes achieves number one rowing university status at BUCS Regatta

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Brookes Rowing at BUCS

Oxford Brookes University is the number one rowing university in the UK after winning a record haul of medals at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta 2017.

Brookes Rowing came away with 41 Gold, 51 Silver and 31 Bronze medals, accumulating 1,323 points in total to be crowned this year’s Champion University and winners of the Victor Ludorum competition for best overall university.

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes University said: “All of the students and coaches at the BUCS Regatta gave an outstanding performance over the three days.

It was truly a whole team effort which gave the squad a chance to showcase the impressive depth and excellent standard of the Brookes rowing programme.

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing, Oxford Brookes University

“It was truly a whole team effort which gave the squad a chance to showcase the impressive depth and excellent standard of the Brookes rowing programme. I couldn’t be happier for all involved.”

At this year’s BUCS Regatta, which is now the biggest student regatta in Europe with 72 institutions taking part, Brookes Rowing made a concerted effort to not only concentrate on the elite events but enter as many as possible across both the Men’s and Women’s events. 

Overall, the Brookes squad finished over 250 points clear of University of London who placed second, and nearly 500 points clear of Newcastle in third. 

One of the biggest highlights of the Regatta for Brookes was winning the Men’s Championship Eight for the fourth consecutive year and claiming bronze in the same event with their B crew – a feat no other university has achieved at a BUCS Regatta. 

Brookes Rowing recently celebrated victories at both the Women’s Head of the River, where the women’s squad achieved their best set of results ever, and at Reading University Head of the River.