Men’s Crew Advances to Semifinals at Henley Royal Regatta

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, United Kingdom – The Brown men's crew continued the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta with a pair of wins by the varsity and freshmen boats to advance to the semifinals on the third day of competition at the prestigious five-day event on Friday morning. 

The Brown freshmen earned a third straight win in the Temple Challenge Cup on Friday as the Bears beat Western Ontario by just over two lengths to advance to Saturday's semifinals against A.S.R. Nereus of the Netherlands. Brown completed the 2,112-meter course in a time of six minutes and 51 seconds. Brown previously downed Edinburgh University on Thursday and the University of Bristol in the first race of The Temple Challenge Cup, a race open to novice male crews from colleges, universities or schools.

In the first race in the Ladies' Challenge Plate, the Brown varsity eight beat Oxford Brookes University and Taurus Boat Club by three-fourths of a length, advancing to the semifinals with a time of six minutes and 46 seconds.

The Henley Royal Regatta features a knockout-style competition with just two crews in head-to-head format. The Brown varsity eight finished runner-up at both the IRA National Championship and the EARC Eastern Sprints, while the Brown freshmen earned bronze at the IRA National Championship and won gold at Sprints.

The freshmen will continue the Temple Challenge Cup on Saturday when they face A.S.R. Nereus, while the Brown varsity eight will compete in the Ladies' Challenge Plate event against Leander Club.

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