Harvard clips Yale at Royal Regatta

HENLEY, England -- The reigning world champion United States national women's eight squad, racing as Princeton Training Center, easily beat Princeton University at the Henley Royal Regatta on Friday.

The quarterfinal win in the Remenham Cup advance the U.S. crew to the semifinals Saturday, when it takes on the British national squad.

Harvard came from behind to beat Yale by three-quarters of a length to set up a student eights Temple Cup semifinal with California.

California made a fast start and held it in beating London's Imperial College by 2½ lengths in their quarterfinal.

Also, Virginia crossed three-quarters of a length ahead of University of London to move into a semifinal against Dutch students from Nereus, Amsterdam.

In the quarterfinals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights, St. Andrew's from Middletown, Del., came from behind to beat locals Hampton by a canvas, and will face defending champion Eton on Saturday.

In the Thames Cup for club eights, Kent School Alumni, Conn., went down by 2 3/4 lengths to Australia's Upper Yarra, while the University Barge Club from Philadelphia lost in the quarterfinals to the Star Club of England, losing by two lengths.

William Miller and Glenn Ochal from Chula Vista Training Center, Calif., strolled to an easy win against England's Chester-le-Street in the double sculls, while Sam Frucke-Cunningham and Mike Nucci from Philadelphia's Malta Boat Club lost to the Australian Institute of Sport.

In their opening race in the Princess Grace Cup for international women's quads, Princeton Training Center B beat England's Nottingham Boat Club to reach the semifinals.

The Fawley Cup round of 16 for schoolboy quads saw Malvern Prep, Pa., gradually leave behind Scotland's Clydesdale to grab a quarterfinals place.

Later, Maritime Club from Norwalk, Conn. lost out in its quarterfinal, going down by 4½ lengths to Radford College of Australia.

Thomas Graves' run in the Diamond Sculls ended in the quarterfinals when the Vermont rower lost by nearly two lengths to James Chapman of the Australian Institute of Sport.

Justin Stangel and Tom Peszek of the Chula Vista Training Center also went out in the quarterfinals of the Silver Goblets for international pairs, losing by a length and a quarter to a pair of Italy internationals.

In the quarterfinals of the Ladies' Plate for elite eights, Harvard University beat Penn Athletic Club by three-quarters of a length to set up a Saturday semifinal with local club Leander.