Christchurch's Anna Dawson and Hamilton's Alice White were in the Cambridge team which won by 11 lengths on Monday (NZ Time).
Thousands of people lined the banks of the four mile, 374-yard championship course between Putney and Mortlake for the Cancer Research UK Boat Race.
The women's race dates to 1927, but was only raced intermittently until the 1960s.
Oxford never recovered from the setback, allowing Cambridge to streak away to an unassailable 10sec lead at the first marker as they went on to win the title after four successive defeats. It was Cambridge's first victory since 2012, and it was definitely one to savour.
After a hard-fought race on the Thames this afternoon, Cambridge edged past OUWBC to take the trophy, breaking a three-year Oxford winning streak.
Oxford were distraught at the finish with some crew members in tears.
It was perhaps sweetest for president Ashton Brown, who caught pneumonia during the 2016 race.
Cambridge lost the toss and Oxford chose the Surrey station, and despite the bend being in the Light Blues' favour, the Dark Blues made a great start.
Speaking after the race, she said: "I'm just so proud of my squad, so proud of the team this year. We were better on the day and we wanted it", Disanto told BBC Sport after the race. "Past year we felt a bit robbed". "This year I have just had an wonderful team with me and we did it right to the end".
It was Bowden's 14th victory in the Boat Race - he led Cambridge to two wins in the early 1990s - but Sunday's nail-biting win saw him tie the Oxford record held by legendary coach Dan Topolski. "As brothers we don't win too much but now I've won a medal and the Thames has already reclaimed it".
Michelle Dite the race director for Boat Race 2017 said: "We have been in constant communication with the Metropolitan Police following the incident in Westminster". "We have been working very closely with the organizers of the boat race to plan this event, which is eagerly awaited by spectators and supporters alike".
Dawson, 26, and White, 24, are no strangers to success. Their rhythm was superb and was able to resist the occasional Cambridge surges in what was an excellent competitive race.
It was a far closer affair in the men's race.
The pre-race omens didn't bode well for Cambridge, with cox Hugo Ramambason asking the umpires to delay the start until conditions on an increasingly choppy Thames began to settle.