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Harvard Freshmen Reach Henley Quarters; Varsity Four Makes Final Four

Harvard's freshmen won by a wide margin for the second time in as many Henley races.

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HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England—The freshman eight and varsity four of the Harvard heavyweight crew both won for the second straight day Thursday at the Henley Royal Regatta. The freshmen moved on to the Temple Challenge Cup quarterfinals, while the four reached the Prince Albert Challenge Cup semifinals.

The four was up first, easily outpacing Georgetown by five lengths in 7:44 Thursday morning. The Crimson will face University College, Dublin Saturday for a berth in the Prince Albert Cup final. The Irish crew came from behind to top Cambridge’s Goldie Boat Club by three-quarters of a length.

The Harvard freshman eight topped Exeter University by three lengths, crossing the finish line in 7:12. Friday’s Temple Cup final-eight matchup will pit the Crimson against Durham University at 2:20 p.m. local time, 9:20 a.m. Eastern. Durham held off the Dutch crew from Tilburg University by three-fourths of a boat length.

The Crimson varsity eight will make its 2010 Henley debut Friday, racing National University of Ireland, Galway in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate competition at noon local time.

Other winning Harvard-affiliated winners Thursday included Jack Morrissey, the seven seat of Molesey Boat Club A entry, in the Thames Challenge Cup and Malcolm Howard ’05 in the Diamond Challenge Sculls.