The Harvard freshman eight races Friday at Henley (photo courtesy Andrew Holman).
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England—The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight began its competition at the Royal Henley Regatta with a victory Friday on the Thames River, advancing, along with the Crimson freshman eight, to semifinal matchups Saturday.
The varsity defeated National University of Ireland, Galway by 2.5 lengths in its first race in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate competition. The Crimson’s time of 6:28 was the fastest of the day in the three Ladies’ Plate races, and its margin of victory was the greatest of any of the three. Harvard will face Leander Club A Saturday at 5 p.m. local time, 2 Eastern, in the semifinals.
Simon Gawlik ’09, a member of Harvard’s winning varsity in the 2007 Ladies’ Plate, will be racing in Saturday’s other Ladies’ Plate semifinal as part of the Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University combined entry. His crew races a combined crew from Berliner Ruderclub of the Netherlands and Imperial College.
Harvard’s freshman eight won for the third straight day in the Temple Challenge Cup event. The Crimson topped Durham University by 2.25 lengths with a winning time of 6:38 to move on to a date with Washington Saturday at 11:50 a.m. The Crimson will look to turn the tables on the Huskies after Washington finished ahead of Harvard to win the freshman event at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships.
The Crimson varsity four will also race in the semifinals Saturday. Harvard takes on University College, Dublin at 10:10 a.m., for a berth in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup final.
Malcom Howard ’05 advanced to the Diamond Challenge Sculls semifinals. He easily defeated I.J. Lawson of Eton College. Jack Morrissey and the Molesey Boat Club A entry fell to Thames Rowing Club A in the Thames Challenge Cup.