HENLEY, England (AP) — American teams celebrated victories in the Temple Cup on the first day of the prestigious Henley Regatta, held annually on the River Thames near London.
Four of the six U.S. boats won in the competition for student eights. Columbia University had the first American crew in the water and set the tone by beating a composite crew from Cambridge University's Caius and Lady Margaret Boat Clubs by half a length.
Three convincing victories — by four lengths or more — soon followed as Harvard beat Imperial College School of Medicine, Trinity College, Hartford "A'' beat a composite crew from Worcester College and Hertford College, Oxford, and Virginia defeated Warwick.
However, in the same event, Grand Valley State University from Allendale, Mich., lost to Oxford Brookes University by two-thirds of a length, while Trinity College, Hartford "B'', lost by 3 1/4 lengths to a Dutch boat.
Boston College High School earned a five-length victory over London's Emanuel School in the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights.
In the Thames Cup for club eights, Green Lake Crew from Seattle earned a two-length win over local club Twickenham. Northeastern University Alumni lost by 4 3/4 lengths to English crew Royal Chester, and Tulsa Rowing Club was beaten by English club Nonesuch by three lengths.
In the Prince Albert Cup for student coxed fours, Bowdoin College from Brunswick, Maine, lost by 2 1/4 lengths to Scottish champion Edinburgh University. The University of Virginia's "A'' crew lost by half a length to Trinity College from Dublin, while its "B'' crew lost to Imperial College by 3/4 of a length.
In the Wyfold Cup for club coxless fours, Union Boat Club, Boston, Mass., lost by more than a length to Bexhill.