HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - Washington's men's varsity eight crew's unbeaten run continued Saturday as the Huskies advanced to Sunday's final in the Grand Challenge Cup at the 2013 Henley Royal Regatta.
The UW beat a team from Poland - Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Zawisza and Regionalne Towarzystwo Wioslarskie Lotto - by one and one-quarter lengths in a semifinal race Saturday on the Thames, crossing the finish line in six minutes and five seconds. The three-time defending IRA champions will face an English crew, Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club, in the final on Sunday. That race is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. GMT/7:30 a.m. PT.
The Grand Challenge Cup is the most prestigious, oldest and best-known event at Henley, having started in the same year as the regatta, 1839.
Earlier Saturday, the UW men's second varsity eight was beaten in a Ladies' Challenge Plate semifinal by another crew from Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club. The English rowers beat the Huskies by a length and a quarter, finishing in 6:19. The Huskies had advanced to the semis with a win over Spanish crew on Friday, but saw their Henley competition come to an end with the loss.
Washington has only once before won the Grand Challenge Cup, accomplishing that feat in 1977, when the UW beat an Irish crew for the title.
Fans can follow live results Sunday in a couple of ways. Results from all the races are posted on the official Henley Royal Regatta website, at the Regatta's twitter page and at the Henley Radio twitter page.
Boat Lineup (Grand Challenge Cup)
Cox - Seamus Labrum (Cape May, N.J.), stroke - Alexander Perkins (Westport, Conn.), 7 - Henry Meek (Melbourne, Australia), 6 - Conlin McCabe (Brockville, Ontario), 5 - Mijo Rudelj (Kastel Ctafilic, Croatia), 4 - Marcus Bowyer (South Mooreland, U.K.), 3 - Sam Dommer (Folsom, Calif.), 2 - Ryan Schroeder (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), bow - Alex Bunkers (Maitland, Fla.).
Boat Lineup (Ladies' Challenge Plate)
Cox - Lisa Caldwell (Bellevue, Wash.), stroke - Max Mannisto (Belmont, Calif.), 7 - Julian Svoboda (North Canterbury, New Zealand), 6 - Myles Neary (London, England), 5 - Patrick Marre (Portland, Ore.), 4 - Dusan Milovanovich (Novi Sad, Serbia), 3 - Aleksander Malowany (Toronto, Ontario), 2 - A.J. Brooks (Costa Mesa, Calif.), bow - Eric Ledbetter (Bellevue, Wash.).