of the winning 2002 and 2003 Oxford Blue Boats. Won world junior champs
silver in the coxless four in 1999. Started rowing aged 15 because
of family ties to sport. Enjoys rugby and travelling.
for four years at High School in America and continued for a further
four years at University. Won the Varsity Eight in 2000 and the Junior
Varsity in 2002. Played football for his first two years at High School
but after winning state rowing champs and was hooked. He is
the first rower in the family. Was Tiki Club Social Chair at college
a club formed of the top 1% of performers in business and sport
which is dedicated to having a good time.
of two pairs of brothers who set a Boat Race precedent in 2003 by
competing in opposing crews. Davids older brother James was
in the losing Cambridge crew whilst Matt Smith (Oxford) competed against
his younger brother (Ben). All four attended Hampton School. David
is a former world junior champs bronze medallist (eight), 2001, and
a Coupe de la Jeunesse bronze medallist (eight), 1999. Winner of the
senior Fours Head, coxless four (2001). Schools Head winner (eight)
in 1999 and (coxed four) 2001. Inspired to take up rowing by the Searle
brothers gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
His father, John, rowed at a Cambridge College and his mother, Kate,
studied at Cambridge but did not row. Spent his summer in Honduras
studying shrimp populations for his dissertation project and caught
a species which had not been seen since 1812.
the 2003 Blue Boat victory as the his greatest achievement.
Was member of the victorious Isis crew in 2002. Finalist (6th) at
the 2002 world U23 champs in the coxed four. Henley finalist in 2001
(Princess Elizabeth), Ladies Plate semi-finalist (2002) and
Princess Elizabeth semi-finalist (2000). Winner of the 2001 National
Schools Champs (eight). Started rowing in 1996 at Radley where he
was coached by Donald Legget, one of the current Cambridge coaching
team. Captain of boats at Radley. Uncle and grandfather both attended
Oxford. Was a Great Britain senior triallist in 2003 in a pair with
Matt Smith, the 2003 Oxford President, and rowed at Henley (2003)
in the Visitors Cup. Has finals this year.
rowing at the University of the West of England in Bristol where he
soon got into the first eight and became the Clubs President
in 2002/2003. Rowed at Henley in 2002 and 2003. Competed at the 2003
World U23 champs and was fourth in the coxed four. Joined the Royal
Navy at 18 after A Levels. Is sponsored by the Royal Navy
at University after Dartmouth Naval College and a year of service
during which he undertook officer training. A sub-lieutenant who is
the first in his family to take up rowing.
rowing during his first year of High School. Previous winner of the
Head of the Charles an American race similar in length to The
Boat Race as a Freshman. Has a BA in History from Brown University.
Would like to teach or coach when he returns home. Previously an investment
banker with Thomas Weisel Partners in Boston. Set up an internet travel
company called weekends.com when he left school. Wanted
to come to Oxford a year earlier but applied a little late.
St Catherine's College
2002 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist in the mens coxed
four and a winner of the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley, 2000, and
the Wyfold Challenge Cup, 2001. Also national junior champion J16
and J18 men (single), 2000, quadruple scull, J18, 2002. 7th in the
mens pair at the 2003 World U23 Champs and winner of the U23
mens pair title at the Duisburg International Regatta in 2003.
A runner-up in the mens quadruple scull at Henley in 2002 and
national schools championship winner (quadruple sculls) in 1997. British
Universities Championships bronze medallist (eight) 2002. Winner of
an Australian Open mens bronze medal in the quadruple scull
in 2003. Rowed with his twin brother through school and University
Nethercott (cox) (26)
Coxed the winning Blue Boat in 2003, Isis in 2002 and the Oxford womens
Blue Boat in 2000. Gained his B.Phil in 2003 and now undertaking a
D.Phil. Participated in the Oxford Boat Race squads summer cycling
trip in 2003 and was second amongst the rowers, beaten only by Nick
Walter. Acer means fierce, keen and eager in Latin.