Congdon switched while Gooderham retains place

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Bury St Edmuds-born rower Phil Congdon has been placed into Great Britain’s second men’s four, while Lucinda Gooderham has retained her place within the women’s quadruple sculls ahead of the World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette, France, today.

Like a host of team mates, 24-year-old Congdon has been affected by a number of changes by performance director Sir David Tanner as he tweaks with the line-ups ahead of the competition.

The decision comes despite Congdon being part of the men’s eight team who clinched an impressive bronze medal at the European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, just two weeks ago.

Following the move, Congdon will race alongside Oliver Cook — also switched from the men’s eight — as well as Dan Ritchie and Tom Ransley, who are both returning to the squad from injury.

Gooderham, as in Serbia, will be joint by Beth Rodford, Kristina Stiller and Victoria Meyer-Laker to complete their team.

There they sealed a promising fifth place overall and will now be hoping for a improvement in preparation for the World Championships in Amsterdam at the end of August.

Tanner said: ““Once again, we are fielding a strong squad, but one where we test out young rowers and new combinations. This is a critical year in the Olympic cycle and chief coaches Paul Thompson and Jurgen Grobler are aiming to win medals but also our longer-term strengths”.