University of Sunderland's rowers impress at BUCS rowing regatta in Nottingham

The 2015/16 season is now over and the University of Sunderland Rowing club have enjoyed quite the year.

They kicked off their season by winning a point at the York St John’s University vs University of Sunderland Varsity, being one of the only societies in the tournament to do so.

The Rowing club then went on to have their most successful BUCS Head event where they earned a Victor Ludorum point which is something they have not done for 15 years.

It came down to the women’s intermediate quad in the final division, chasing down St Andrews just before the finish line, to pick up the points required to lift the club up above their opposition to 27th out of 47 universities in the Victor Ludorum table, level with Leeds and Sheffield amongst others.

To add to their success, the rowing club helped the university to Varsity victory when they beat the visiting Teesside 4-0.

“It was good how well we did at BUCS Head with the women’s quad and how well we did at Tees-Wear Varisty,” said Rachel MacMurtrie, rowing club captain.

Last on the list for the rowing club was the BUCS Regatta over the May bank holiday weekend where Sunderland came 20th out of 29 against other universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

“BUCS Regatta didn’t go as well as I wanted to,” said MacMurtrie.

When asked on what advice she would give to next year’s captain MacMurtrie said: “Don’t be scared to push for new ideas, they are more than likely to pay off.”