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Harvard's coxed four edged at Henley

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England -- American crews got off to a strong start in the opening round of the Henley Royal Regatta yesterday, but Harvard was one of the early casualties.

Harvard's student coxed four was beaten by a half-length by Okeanos club from Amsterdam in their opening heat. Tulane lost to England's University of Durham by a length in the same event.

The college crew from the University of California easily defeated England's University of Warwick in the opening round of the Temple Cup for student eights, and Colby College held off repeated challenges from Isis of Oxford University.

Cornell defeated University College of Dublin by 1 3/4 lengths and Trinity College of Connecticut easily beat the University of the West of England.

Yale defeated its English opposition from the University of Bristol, cruising to a 2 3/4-length win to advance to the second round.

The opening round of the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights featured an All-America race between two Connecticut-based schools -- Brunswick School of Greenwich and Choate Rosemary Hall from Wallingford. Choate Rosemary Hall led the race from the start, and crossed the line 3 lengths ahead of Brunswick School to advance to the second round.

The team from St. Joseph's Preparatory School of Philadelphia started quickly and easily defeated its English opponents from London's Emanuel School, despite repeated warnings from the umpire because of poor steering.

In the same event, St. Xavier High School of Cincinnati trailed King's School of England for the first two minutes of the race, however the crew gained ground and went on to win the race by 1 3/4 lengths.

In other races, local Henley crew Star and Arrow defeated Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club by 3 3/4 lengths in the Wyfold Cup for club-level coxless fours. British City of Oxford team beat the Maine Rowing Association club by 3 1/2 lengths in the opening round for the Britannia Cup for club-level coxed fours.

In the Thames Cup for club eights, the Lady Elizabeth Boat Club of Dublin led from the first stroke and defeated Seattle-based Green Lake Crew, which made its debut at Henley this year.

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