Swansea University senior men’s rowing team were missed out on the Varsity boat race trophy by less than a length in one of the closest races ever.
After being written off ahead of the event, Swansea were neck and neck with Cardiff as they went into the final stretch.
“With a 2km race you can never tell how close a race is going to be,” said captain Jonathan Eardley.
“Cardiff are always strong favourites going into the race, and to have a good race like that, seeing as there has never been a race so close, I’m just really proud of the team.”
Swansea’s boat had been training without their eight [type of boat designed for eight rowers] all season, so for them to come so close left Eardley feeling satisfied.
“It was really good, we’ve had a really tough time this season,” he said.
“I think we surprised everyone with our performance and we can go out with our heads held high.
“I’m really pleased with our performance.”
Eardley believes the support of Swansea’s fans roared on the team to keep pushing when the boats reached the final metres of the race.
He added: “The support of the fans was been brilliant, I know people who have travelled to Cardiff from Swansea just to see us race, it’s really good to see.”
It has now been two years since Swansea last won the senior men’s race, winning back in 2010.
Swansea: Ania Negele, Ed Hares, Jon Eardley, Richard Hasley, Callum Hughes, Leighton King, Matt Meyer, Edward Blundell, Chris Hills.
Cardiff: Sarah Davies, Dan Hart, Sam Vatvani, Mike Ramselaar, Joe Avery, Jamie Burns, Santiago Borges Rodriguez, Tom Tilston, James Stringfellow.