Huskies' second varsity eight boat advances at Henley Regatta
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HENLEY, England – The Washington men’s rowing team opened its Henley Royal Regatta competition with a 3-length victory in a Ladies’ Challenge Plate quarterfinal race Friday.
The Huskies’ second varsity eight beat a crew from Spain in one of four quarterfinal races in the Ladies’ Challenge competition and will advance to a semifinal on Saturday. Washington’s crew finished in six minutes and 28 seconds, 3 lengths ahead of Real Circulo Labradores de Sevilla and Real Club Mediterráneo de Málaga.
On Saturday, two Husky crews will compete as the Huskies’ varsity eight will contend with a boat from Poland (WKS Zawisza & RTW Lotto) in a semifinal at 7:10 a.m. PDT for the Grand Challenge Cup, the top event at the annual Henley Royal Regatta.
The winner of that race will face an English crew, Leander Club & Molesey Boat Club, on Sunday for the Cup, a trophy that the UW last won in 1977.
At 4:10 a.m., UW will race another crew from the Leander Club & Molesey Boat Club in a Ladies’ Challenge Plate semifinal, while Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen Boat Club (Scotland) will face a boat from Northeastern University (USA) in the other semi.
In the Thames Cup, Green Lake Crew of Seattle lost in a quarterfinal race to England’s Griffen Boat Club by 1½ lengths.
From sports-information and wire reports.