Pharmacy students row to victory

The winning Men's and Women's teams from Sydney University. Image: Sydney University

Two pharmacy students have helped make rowing history for the Sydney University Boat Club

The SUBC women’s crew included Wallis Russell, studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management in the stroke seat, and Laura Triggs, studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy, in the No 2 seat.

The women’s crew took out the eight-times defending champion, Melbourne University Boat Club’s Women’s Eight by four boat lengths to win the Bella Guerin Trophy.

“The Melbourne crew kept to their task to the very end but there was no denying the Sydney Women’s rowers,” wrote Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness’s Laura Hanlon.

“This win, over a 4,200 metre course, was sweet and beyond compare given the dominance of the Melbourne crew in recent years.”

The Sydney team had recently also beaten Melbourne at the Australian Uni Rowing Championships on the Gold Coast.

“We’ve always had heart in our racing. That passion combined with strong preparation and good coaching got us there,” said team captain Dyone Bettega.

Retired pharmacist and Sydney University Boat Club enthusiast Iain Macdonald told the AJP that “the race was a battle for the entire distance”.

The race is rowed on alternating courses in Sydney and Melbourne with both men’s and women’s eights. The men’s team also won their race.

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