Harvard Heavyweight Four Captures Prince Albert Cup at Henley
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England—The Harvard heavyweight four defeated Oxford Brookes University to win the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta while Radcliffe alumnae contributed to a pair of Henley wins Sunday on the River Thames.
For the second straight day, the Crimson four trailed through the Barrier and Fawley splits but came from behind to win. This time, Harvard came back and won by a wider margin of 1.75 lengths. Its time of 6:58 was just one second off its event-record mark from Saturday. Each of its splits was one second behind its Saturday pace as well.
The winning oarsmen were Peter Scholle, Justin Mundt, Benjamin French and JP Hogan, and the boat was coxed by David Fuller.
The win concluded another successful Henley trip for Harvard. The Crimson set event records in both the Temple Challenge Cup and Prince Albert Challenge Cup and reached the semifinals in both the Temple and Ladies' Challenge Plate events.
"I'm really proud of the way all of our crews raced over there," said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "I thought they did a terrific job. They've added another page to Harvard crew's very strong legacy of success at Henley."
Harvard has now won a trophy in each of its last three Henley appearances: in 2007, '10 and '11. The Crimson has won seven Henley titles since 2001.
Esther Lofgren '08-09 pulled off a Henley double by helping the United States win both the Remenham Challenge Cup and Princess Grace Challenge Cup. She joined the U.S. women's eight Saturday, when another rower could not compete due to injury, and helped that boat win for the second straight day Sunday. The eight defeated Great Britain's eight, racing as Leander Club and Gloucester Rowing Club, by 1.75 lengths in an event-record-tying time of 6:38.
Lofgren's original boat, a U.S. quad, was also victorious and counted among its scullers Caryn Davies '05. They beat an Australian national quad by 1.25 lengths in a time of 7:02, one day after the Aussies set an event record.