June 29, 2012
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, United Kingdom - One of the draws for crews racing at the Henley Royal Regatta is the opportunity to face programs from around the world.
But for Washington to secure entry to the Temple Cup semifinals, the Huskies needed to outlast an old foe from the United States.
The Huskies' run at the iconic English event continued with a win over the Crimson on Friday morning, with the Class of 2015 pulling away late from their Cambridge rivals on the 2,112-meter River Thames course. Washington finished in a time of 7:11, the fastest of the morning for any of the crews competing in the quarterfinals.
It marked the third time this season the Huskies have finished ahead of Harvard, with the two programs also racing in the IRA semifinal and Grand Final. Yet the Eastern Sprints champions provided the Huskies with their toughest challenge to date,
The prize for beating Harvard is that the Huskies get to face another Crimson boat in the semis. Harvard brought two boats to race in the Temple Cup, and the Crimson lightweights defeated Durham University (U.K.) on Friday to set up a showdown with Washington.
That race, with a trip to the Temple Cup finals on the line, will get underway at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday.