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Harvard Advances Three Boats to Henley Royal Regatta Finals

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 --
 The Crimson was 3-0 once again on Saturday to move three boats to the finals at the Henley Royal Regatta. The Crimson is guaranteed to win at least one title for the fourth consecutive year as the lightweight and heavyweight entries will face each other in The Visitors' Challenge Cup.

The Harvard vs. Harvard final will be the first all Crimson race at Henley since two heavyweight boats rowed in a 2002 final. 

The Harvard heavyweight coxless four, designated as Harvard 'A,' rolled through to Sunday with a 1 1/2 length victory over Molesey Boat Club (England). It marked the third straight day the Crimson has won by over a length in The Visitors' Challenge Cup. 

The lightweights made their way to The Visitors' Challenge Cup final by beating Thames Boat Club. The race, which was postponed after Thames and Crimson oars clashed in the first five strokes earlier in the day, was won by 1 1/4 lengths. Harvard was down earlier, but came back to advance. 

The two Harvard boats will face each other at 3:50 p.m. local time. 

The Crimson heavyweight freshmen also moved on to Sunday. Harvard edged Newcastle 'A' by 3/4 of a length. The freshmen will row against DSR Laga (Netherlands) at 11:50 p.m. for a chance at The Temple Challenge Cup.

For the complete Sunday schedule, click here.

Friday Recap

Harvard went three for three once again on Friday at the Henley Royal Regatta. The Crimson moves three boats to tomorrow's semifinals. 

Harvard's freshman boat was the first on the water Friday and downed fellow American boat, Virginia, in The Temple Challenge Cup. The Crimson won by 1 2/3 lengths. Harvard led throughout, once again, to come away ahead. 

In The Visitors' Challenge Cup, Harvard has two boats advancing to the semifinals. Harvard 'A,' the heavyweights, beat Taurus Boat Club and Star Club and the lightweights, designated as Harvard 'B,' knocked off a Northeastern Alumni crew. The Crimson could see each other in the finals if each boat wins tomorrow. Two Harvard boats have not squared off in a Henley final since 2002. 

The heavyweights and lightweights were each victorious by 1 3/4 lengths. The lights had a particularly impressive performances as they beat two former Olympians in the NU boat. They held off Northeastern using a lower rate, as the Huskies eventually gave way to Harvard. 

For a schedule of Saturday's racing, click here

Thursday Recap 

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