The Downing Eliminator is an indoor rowing competition for all students across Cambridge being held from 1st– 3rd February 2018. It gives both men and women the opportunity to show off their physical and mental ability as well as their race tactics and gives each rower the potential to walk away as an individual rowing champion, a member of a Victorious VIII, or both.
RACE FORMAT AND TIMELINE
Registration for each race will occur 30 minutes before the race is scheduled to run. It is crucial that every competitor arrives in time for this to ensure there are no delays.
At registration all competitors will be required to provide proof of identity (college cards will be accepted). After ID has been accepted, there will also be an opportunity for a weigh-in for any of those who wish to enter as a Lightweight (max. 75 kg men, 61.5 kg women). This is only compulsory for those who wish to compete in the lightweight category and will be required at registration before EVERY race that they take part in.
The 8 competitors from each race will be given 8 minutes on an erg to warm up beforehand. This will start 20 minutes before the race time to allow 12 minutes for stretching and for competitors to make their way to the stage.
Every race will be held on the stage in the Howard Theatre of Downing College.
The first 30 seconds will be additional warm-up time and time to get the fan moving (nothing from this will count in the race).
From then onward, the race begins. After each 30 seconds, the rower in last place is ELIMINATED.
All distances travelled in the previous 30 seconds are reset and the next elimination begins… Instantaneously.
Format of the Competition
The competition is based on the success of individuals in each race. However, if a college enters 8 or more competitors from the men’s squad and/or 8 or more competitors from the women’s squad then the top 8 most successful competitors in each case (determined using points scored for making it to each stage) will enter the inter-collegiate competition and have the chance to win team medals.
The Preliminary Rounds involve a standard 8 person elimination race where the winners and some of the fastest runners up progress to the Qualifiers.
The Qualifiers involve the incorporation of some seeded competitors and those progressing from the preliminary rounds in 8 person elimination races. The winners of each race progress and the fastest runners up compete in a play-off for the final spots in the Groups.
The competitors are integrated with the final few top seeds and sorted into groups of 12. Each group will have 3 elimination races where each competitor competes in 2, being awarded points for their position in each race. The points from the 2 races are summed and the top 4 highest scoring from each group will make it to the Semi-Finals.
The points system used for each Group Stage race is:
1st – 14 points
2nd – 10 points
3rd – 8 points
4th – 5 points
5th – 4 points
6th – 3 points
7th – 2 points
8th – 1 point
The Semi-Finals will consist of 4 elimination races of 8 competitors. The top 2 in each will progress to the Final.
The Final will be a standard 8 person elimination race where the winner takes all!
The College competition will use the following points system to determine the Winning VIII (if you enter more than 8 rowers from either the men’s or women’s squads then your top 8 will become your College VIII for the competition):
- Competing in Qualifiers – 1 point
- Competing in Group Stages – 2 points
- Winning a Group Stage race – 1 point
- Competing in Semi Finals – 4 points
- Winning a Semi Final race – 1 point
Position in Final:
1st – 10 points
2nd – 9 points
3rd – 8 points
4th – 7 points
5th – 6 points
6th – 5 points
7th – 4 points
8th – 3 points
Ties for number of points between competitors of the same college will be resolved by first considering lightweight or not (with preference going to lightweights). Remaining ties will then be resolved using the average distance covered per race.
Ties between colleges with the same number of total points from their top VIII will be resolved using the average distance covered per race of their top VIII.
Penalty Points will be deducted from a college for any of their competitors for the following:
- Late to registration – 1 point deducted
- Failure to turn up to a race – 3 points deducted
Additionally, competitors who are believed to be lying about their 2k time from their entry form may be penalised.
Women’s Preliminary rounds and Qualifiers will be held on Thursday 1st February 2018 4pm-10pm.
Men’s Preliminary rounds and Qualifiers will be held on Friday 2nd February 2018 4pm-10pm.
Group stages, Semi-Finals and Finals will be held on Saturday 3rd February 2018 1:30pm-10pm.
Details of individual’s times in the preliminary rounds and seeding will be released close to the event.
Details of progression to further rounds and corresponding race times will be released as soon as they are worked out on the day and published on our Facebook event page:
Entries are for individuals and will cost £8. If you wish to enter into the collegiate competition then make sure to enter at least 8 people from your college of the same gender.
Enter before 1st December to get a free T-shirt!
You will be required to add details about each individual including an estimate of a current 2K erg performance (being inaccurate will hinder your competition as points may be deducted). (You need not worry about a lightweight category, this will be determined at the competition using optional weigh-ins).
To enter, please fill in the google form below:
Payment will be calculated for each college before the event and sent to your college contact.
Results will be found here and on our Facebook event page as soon as possible after the event.
Prizes will be awarded for:
- Men’s College VIII Winners
- Women’s College VIII Winners
- Men’s Individual Winner
- Women’s Individual Winner
- Men’s Individual Lightweight
- Women’s Individual Lightweight
First-aiders will be present for the whole event to assist with any incidents that may occur. To avoid unnecessary injuries, we recommend that people with a pre-existing medical condition that might be affected by participation in the competition do not enter. Additionally, all those who do enter are given the opportunity to, and have a responsibility to, warm up properly before each race.
Downing Eliminator © 2017 Downing College Boat Club