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U.S. scullers meet in quarterfinals

July 3, 1997

HENLEY, England (AP) _ The heavy and lightweight single scullers representing the United States in this year’s world championships will meet Friday in quarterfinals action at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Jamie Koven, a 203-pounder from Brown University takes on Augusta Rowing Center’s Steve Tucker, who weighs just 151. They will oppose one another for the third time in their careers a day after winning diamond sculls heat races.

In January, Tucker, a former MIT oarsman, was 5 1/2 seconds behind Koven over 2000 meters. In April, the gap narrowed to 2 1/2 seconds.

The winner of their 1,900-meter race will likely meet Greg Searle, the British Olympic champion. Searle, who like Koven has changed to the single boat this season, races Dutch newcomer Adri Middag.

Koven beat Simon Spriggs of Mercantile, Australia, on Thursday, and Tucker took Serryth Colbert of University College in Galway, Ireland.

``The water was swirly at the start, rather troublesome for a novice sculler,″ said 24-year-old Koven. ``I’ve got to get used to that kind of water. But I had control of the race.″

In the Princess Elizabeth Cup for school eights, the New England champions from Brooks School, Mass., defeated Eton College of England by two lengths.

The University of Washington jayvees became the third American university crew to survive the first round of the Temple Cup for student eights when they defeated Reading University.

Harvard University lightweights, unbeaten since their first race of the season, opened Temple Cup action with a 2 1/4-length victory over University College London.

The University of Pennsylvania also won its first race in the Temple, beating Bristol University of England.

The University of Minnesota’s coxed four in the Britannia Cup continued its run by beating selected Dutch students from Argo.

Lightweights Barry Klein and Ransom Weaver of Philadelphia’s Undine Barge Club won their double sculls heat, enhancing their chances for selection for the world championships next September in France.

The first American casualty of the day was Stanford Rowing Club of California in the Wyfold Cup for coxless fours. They were no match for the lightweights of London Rowing Club.

Also beaten was Rollins College from Orlando, Fla., which couldn’t catch Abingdon School in the Visitors’ Cup for student coxless fours.

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