Ivan Posavec (left) and Christopher Fuller helped the Harvard four edge Isis to reach the quarterfinals.
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England—Harvard's heavyweight freshman eight and varsity four both won their opening races Wednesday at the Henley Royal Regatta, advancing to race again Thursday.
In the Temple Challenge Cup, the Crimson cruised to a win of three and one-quarter lengths over Southern California in a winning time of 7:04. The Crimson reached the Fawley, which marks the approximate midpoint of the course, in 3:16. Harvard then finished comfortably, covering the second part of the course in 3:48.The Crimson freshmen advance to face Exeter University Thursday at 5:00 p.m., local time, noon Eastern. Exeter moved on with a three-quarter-length win against Queen Mary University, London. Sixteen teams remain in the Temple Cup field.
The varsity four opened competition in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup with a narrow victory over the Isis Boat Club from Oxford University. The Crimson led throughout the race and withstood a strong Isis sprint to win by three-quarters of a length in 7:18. Harvard's time matched Imperial College London for the fastest of the day in the event.
The win moved the Harvard four into the final eight. The Crimson will meet Georgetown Thursday at 11:10 a.m. local time. The Hoyas topped Lady Margaret Boat Club of Cambridge by one and one-half lengths Wednesday.
Harvard's varsity eight begins its Henley racing Friday in the Ladies' Challenge Plate.
Crimson oarsman Jack Morrissey also won Wednesday at Henley, advancing in the Thames Challenge Cup with his Molesey Boat Club crew.