Brown Rowers Gain Second Place Finishes At The Henley Royal Regatta

Henley-On-The Thames, England – While victory was just outside the grasp of the Brown men's crew at the Henley Royal Regatta, the Bears represented their university and their country with two of its boats placing second in the historical competition that has been held annually since 1839. Each race at Henley is a head-to-head, winner take all, matchup.

In the blue ribbon Grand Challenge Cup (8+) Championship race, Brown fell to the California Rowing Club, made up of oarsmen who just missed out on Olympic selection, by a length and a quarter in Sunday's finals. The Bears also competed in Temple Challenge Cup (8+), which began with 68 entries, falling to the University of Washington by three lengths in Sunday's final race.

Brown cruised to a Grand Challenge Cup Finals berth on Saturday with a one-and-a -half length victory over the National Rowing Centre of Excellence "B" crew from Australia. Friday's first race victory over Centro Nazionale di Canottaggio Piediluco, Italy was classified as an easy win.

In the Temple Challenge Cup competition, Brown rowed its way into the finals with a one and a quarter length victory over St. Petersburg University, Russia on Saturday.

The road to the finals began Wednesday with a two and a half length win over Dartmouth, followed by a four length win over Michigan on Thursday and a three-plus length decision over Amsterdamsche Studenten Roeivereeniging Nereus "A", Holland on Friday.

The Bears also competed in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup (4+), defeating Michigan by nearly five lengths in Wednesday's first round, before being eliminated by the University of London "A" boat on Thursday.