Release via The Boat Race public relations.
LONDON --Matthew Jackson C’13 has been selected to the Cambridge University Boat Club’s crew to race historic rivals Oxford University in the 161st Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race on the River Thames in London, England on April 11th. This will be Matt’s second Boat Race, having matriculated to Cambridge for postgraduate study in applied economics after graduating from Penn in 2013, where he rowed in the Varsity Heavyweight 8+ for four years. Sitting in the 6-seat, Matt will look to reverse last year’s defeat and further Cambridge’s 81-79 historical advantage in the 6.8 kilometre race, which dates back to 1829.
As part of the training regimen for this year’s race Matt and the Cambridge crew have taken on the Dutch Olympic 8+ and crews from Leander Club, consisting of athletes from the British Olympic and World Championship rowing teams. In the crew Matt is joined by three other Americans, two Britons, an Australian, an Austrian, and a Dutchman. This year’s Cambridge crew holds a height and weight advantage over rivals Oxford of roughly 2 inches and 11 pounds per man.
Those wishing to follow the race can do so online or on television. Watched by a quarter-million live on the banks of the Thames, video of the race will be broadcast to over 130 million people worldwide. In the United States coverage will be provided by the BBC and Universal Sports.