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July 7, 2014

Harvard Defends Vistors' Challenge Cup Title at Henley Royal Regatta

Results

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England -- Harvard defended its Visitors' Challenge Cup title at the Henley Royal Regatta to lead a strong Ivy League contingent at the five-day event held on the historic Thames River.

The Crimson's men's heavyweight coxless four of Max Meyer-Bosse, Andrew Reed, Peter Scholle, and stroke Andy Holmes rowed past Leander Club by two and one-fourth lengths to bring the trophy back to Cambridge for a second-straight year. Harvard did not find the same success in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup final as the top crew from Newcastle University defeated the Crimson by three and a half lengths.

Cornell's men's heavyweight coxless four opened racing in the Visitors' Challenge Cup with a win over a mixed crew from Columbia and Cambridge University by two and one-quarter lengths. The Big Red foursome was then upended by Leander Club by one and three-fourth lengths in the next round.

In the Temple Challenge Cup, Brown's freshman eight also fell short in the final by just under three lengths to Oxford Brookes after posting victories over Edinburgh University and A.S.R. Nereus of the Netherlands. Oxford Brookes won its semifinal by a half-length over Cornell's national champion lightweight varsity eight. The Big Red's heavyweight eight, which had several members come down with the flu prior to the competition, fell to Hitotsubashi University by a half-length in the event's opening race.

In Ladies' Challenge Plate, the Bears' men's varsity eight fell to the Leander Club by about a deck length in the semifinals.

Yale women's second varsity eight, which won the G P Jeffries Memorial Trophy at the Henley Women's Regatta two weeks prior, put up a valiant fight but lost to the Dutch National Eight in the semifinals of the Remenham Challenge Cup.