Image of From left, Cambridge University Boat Club presidents for 2023-24, Jenna Armstrong and Seb Benzecry
From left, Cambridge University Boat Club presidents for 2023-24, Jenna Armstrong and Seb Benzecry. Picture credit: Benedict Tuffnell (Row360)

Jesus rowers elected Cambridge University Boat Club presidents

Both the men’s and women’s student presidents of Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC) for the next academic year are Jesuans.

PhD student Jenna Armstrong (2020) will preside over the women’s openweight squad while Seb Benzecry (2020) will be president of the men’s. Both Jenna and Seb have been rowing since 2011 and will draw on their experience in leading their squads through the 2024 Boat Races season.

Jenna who is studying for a PhD in Physiology has rowed in two winning crews for CUBC, reserve boat Blondie in 2022 and the Blue Boat in 2023. She will be looking to extend the Blue Boat’s six-year streak and Blondie’s seventh.

Seb, who is studying for a PhD in Film and Screen Studies, was part of the winning 2021 Blue Boat, stroked Goldie in 2022, and won again in the 2023 Blue Boat.

He said: “It's a huge honour to be elected and I'm really looking forward to next season. Being a part of CUBC has been a massive part of my experience at Cambridge, and it's incredibly exciting to now be leading the squad. I'm also hugely grateful to the College and Jesus College Boat Club for the support during my trialling.

“It's going to be fantastic to work with Jenna, too - I think together we can really build on the successes that the combined CUBC has had over the past few years.” 

Jonathan Conder, Head Coach for Jesus College Boat Club (JCBC), congratulated the pair and wished them every possible success for next year’s Boat Race campaigns

He added: “While both Seb and Jenna learned to row before coming to Cambridge, it has been fantastic to see them supporting JCBC alongside rowing in the Blue Boats and both will be rowing for JCBC in next week’s May Bumps.”