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Harvard Advances at Temple Cup

July 4, 2003

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England (AP) _ Defending champion Harvard beat the Dartmouth Rowing Club on Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Cup for student eights at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Harvard, which took an early lead, was warned for erratic steering but still won by half a length.

``It’s tough to produce your fastest race and still lose,″ said Dartmouth coach Dick Denham.

In the same category, Princeton’s ``A″ crew beat London’s Imperial College by three lengths.

Harvard also had success in the Visitors’ Cup for student coxless fours, winning its quarterfinal against Columbia University by three lengths.

U.S. crews also had success in other competitions.

In the quarterfinals of the Remenham Cup for women’s eights, Brown University, which won the women’s eight event at the Henley Women’s Regatta two weeks ago, beat an English crew by a length.

Radcliffe Crew from Harvard beat Nottingham and Bristol by 2 1/2 lengths and now faces the Canadian national crew, racing as Western and Victoria City, which beat Dartmouth by 4 3/4 lengths.

Two U.S. crews won in the quarterfinals of the Double Sculls. Edward Demetriou and Davies Kitchel, representing Hanover’s Dresden Club, won easily, and Dave Gabel and Kurt Smack of the Riverside Club of Cambridge advanced.

In the quarterfinals of the Silver Goblets for international coxless pairs, U.S. national-team members Jason Read and Bryan Volpenheim, rowing out of New Jersey’s Princeton Training Center, beat a pair from Gloucester, England. Read and Volpenheim will face Croatian brothers, Sinisa and Niksa Skelin in the semifinals.

In an all-American matchup in the quarterfinals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights, Noble and Greenough School from Dedham, Mass., beat Holy Spirit High School from Atlantic City, N.J., by a length.

In the quarterfinals of the Britannia Cup for club or student coxed fours, Bowdoin Boat Club from Brunswick, Maine, lost by a length to Cambridge University.

The University of Washington used a fast start to top a composite English team by 2 1/4 lengths in the Ladies’ Plate division, first contested in 1845. In another quarterfinal, Rutgers beat Dartmouth by 1 1/4 lengths.