Harvard tops USC in Henley Royal Regatta opener

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England -- Harvard beat Southern
California in the Ladies' Plate for international eights at the
Henley Royal Regatta Thursday in England.

The Crimson cruised to a three-lengths win and a spot in the
quarterfinals against Stanford.

In the Diamond Sculls, Thomas Graves of Bantam Boat Club in
Hartford moved into the quarterfinals with a four-length win over
Stuart Davies of Australia's Mercantile Club.

In the new Prince Albert Cup for student coxed fours, Kent
School from Kent, Connecticut lost by three-quarters of a length to
Durham University from the north of England.

In the Visitors' Cup for club coxless fours, Porcellian of
Cambridge lost to London A. In the Princess Elizabeth Cup for
international schoolboy eights, Phillips Academy of Andover knocked
out St. Edward's School of England.