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Harvard Advances Three Boats at Henley Royal Regatta

Harvard's lightweights in the first round of The Visitors' Challenge Cup on Thursday at Henley (photo courtesy Henley Royal Regatta).

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HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England --
 Harvard's three entries at the Henley Royal Regatta went 3-0 during Thursday's racing to move on to their respective quarterfinals. Each boat led from start to finish to advance without question. 

The Crimson had two boats, one heavyweight and one lightweight, win in The Visitors' Challenge Cup first round and its heavyweight freshman eight easily cruised to a victory in The Temple Challenge Cup for the second straight day.

The freshmen started the day for Harvard by knocking off Oxford Brookes University 'C.' Harvard moved ahead early, as the crews fought a headwind, and ended the 2,112-meter course 2 1/2 lengths ahead. Harvard was paired with Oxford Brookes after topping Imperial School of Medicine (England) by five lengths yesterday. The Crimson moves on to the quarterfinals tomorrow, where it will face another American crew in Virginia. The Cavaliers easily beat Eton College (England) in the second round.

In The Visitors' Challenge Cup, which features coxless four racing, Harvard pulled out two wins by two or more lengths. The lightweight four, filled with members of the national championship winning eight from the IRA regatta, beat The Ivy Club of Princeton by 2 1/2 lengths to move on to the quarterfinals, where they will face the Northeastern Alumni boat. The former Huskies feature retired Olympians Will Miller and Elliot Hovey, who is a Cal graduate.

The heavyweight four, which consists of varsity eight rowers, eased past University College Dublin by two lengths. The Crimson will face Taurus Boat Club and Star Club, which emerged with a 4 3/4-length win over Mercyhurst.

In other action, incoming lightweight freshman Matthew Carter helped Abingdon School to a victory over Monmouth School in The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. Abingdon is a favorite to defend its Princess Elizabeth title.  

The Visitors' Challenge Cup
Harvard 'A' (Heavyweights) Boating

Stroke: Andrew Holmes; 3: Charles Risbey; 2: Josh Hicks: Bow: James O'Connor
Harvard 'B' (Lightweights) Boating
Stroke: Alexander Bonorris; 3: Stuart Taylor; 2: Austin Meyer; Bow: Matt O'Leary

The Temple Challenge Cup
Harvard Boating

Coxswain: Don Kim; Stroke: Rory Glover; 7: James Croxford; 6: Craig Slater; 5: Gregory Edwards; 4: Stefano Belfiore; 3: Adam Janes; 2: Achim Harzheim; Bow: Abraham Polinsky