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Meet the Oxford University team

Mike Blomquist

Nationality: American
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 93kg
Previous appearances: -

One of the newcomers to the Oxford boat, Blomquist is a successful international rower, having represented the USA on many occasions.

He was a coxed four finalist at the World Championships in 2001 and 2002 but missed out on going to the Athens Olympics in the double scull event.

The American joins the illustrious tradition of Harvard graduates, who have decided to continue their studies at Oxford.


Robin Bourne-Taylor

Nationality: British
Age: 25
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 87kg
Previous appearances: 2001, 2002, 2003

Bourne-Taylor is one of only three returning Dark Blues in this year's Oxford line-up, having won twice in three appearances in the University Boat Race since 2001.

A world junior silver medallist in the four, he was part of the crew held off Cambridge by the narrowest margin ever in 2003.

The Oxford-born Engineering student also won bronze with the GB eight at the 2003 World Championships and competed at the Olympics in Athens.


Jason Flickinger

Nationality: American
Age: 27
Height: 6ft 7in
Weight: 16st 3lbs
Previous appearances: -

Flickinger has grabbed a host of rowing honours at junior and college-level while at Princeton.

The Ohio-born American has won national U23 title in the eight and was sixth (coxed four) in the World senior Championships in 2001 before winning the same event at the World Championships two years later.


Chris Liwski

Nationality: American
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 7in
Weight: 99kg
Previous appearances: -

Despite being born in Canada, Liwski moved across the border at an early age and since rowed for the US at junior and senior level.

He won world U23 gold in 2002, Pan-Am Games gold in 2003, and was also fourth at last year's World Cup in Lucerne.

The legal studies postgraduate was also an alternate for the US eight at the Olympics in Athens.


Acer Nethercott

Nationality: British
Age: 27
Height: 5ft 8in
Weight: 55kg
Previous appearances: 2003, 2004

Nethercott has been a successful cox at various levels during his career.

He coxed Oxford to victory on his Boat Race debut in 2003, Isis in 2002 and the Oxford women's Blue Boat in 2000, but had to settle defeat to Cambridge last year.

His cousin is swimmer Kathryn Evans, who represented Britain at both the Athens and Sydney Olympic Games.


Peter Reed

Nationality: British
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 6in
Weight: 96kg
Previous appearances: 2004

Naval officer Reed started rowing at university in Bristol and went on to compete at the 2003 World Championships, coming fourth in the coxed four.

The American-born Briton was a World Cup semi-finalist in the men's pair with David Livingston in Poznan in 2004 as part of the GB senior squad.


Andy Triggs Hodge

Nationality: British
Age: 25
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 97kg
Previous appearances: -

Triggs Hodge only made his GB senior squad debut three years ago when he was a finalist with the men's eight at the 2002 World Championships.

He went on the claim world bronze in Milan the following season along with his second consecutive World Cup bronze in Munich in 2003.

The Aylesbury-born rower competed in the eight at all three of the season's World Cups (2004), reaching the final in again in Munich and was winner of the GB National Team Trials in a pair with Alex Partridge.


Joseph von Maltzhan

Nationality: British
Age: 26
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 95kg
Previous appearances: -

Von Maltzahn competed for Britain in the men's eight at the World Championships in 2001 and 2002.

He also claimed silver in the eight and bronze in the four at the Commonwealth Games in 1999, as well as five Henley Regatta wins since 1998.

The 26-year-old studied at neighbouring Oxford Brookes before deciding to further his Real Estate Management degree at Oxford University.


Barney Williams

Nationality: Canadian
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 90kg
Previous appearances: -

The most high-profile of the foreign rowers in this year's Boat Race, Williams was part of the Canadian coxless four dramatically denied Olympic gold by Matthew Pinsent's British crew last summer.

The Argentina-born legal student had to settle for silver in Athens, despite clinching the world title the year before.

Williams, whose wife Buffy was fourth in the women's pair at the same Games, hopes to add the Boat Race to his impressive list of successes.





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