Heat losses by O'Hea, Sivigny mark Americans' day at Henley

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England -- Americans Patrick O'Hea and Michael Sivigny lost their heats in Thursday's first round of the Diamond Challenge Sculls, one of the most prestigious events at the Henley Royal Regatta.

O'Hea, competing for Oakland's California Rowing Club, lost by one length against former world junior champion Nathan Reilly-O'Donnell of the University of London.

Sivigny, of the G.M.S. Rowing Center in New Milford, Conn., lost by 1½ lengths against Ireland's Sean Jacobs of the Old Collegians club from Dublin.

In the opening round of the Visitors' Challenge Cup for student coxless fours, Connecticut's Salisbury School was outclassed by an English composite from Martyrs Boat Club and Christ Church, Oxford.

Trinity College of Connecticut won its opener against Drienerlose Roei-Vereniging Euros of the Netherlands, to reach the quarterfinals.

In the opening round of the Silver Goblets for international coxless pairs, Joseph Plotycia and Nick Chakfryan of Trinity College in Connecticut were beaten easily by a German composite of Ole Ruckbrodt and Felix Otto of Hamburger and Germania clubs. Sam Rizzo and Matt Celano of Columbia University losing by 2½ lengths to Phil Poynter and Max Richmond from England's Oratory School.

In the same event, Philip Meers and Winter Mead of Salisbury School, Connecticut, had their race postponed to the last race of the day because they were also involved in the Salisbury's Visitors' Cup four, but went down easily to Orlando Warner and Michael Edge of England's Wallingford club.

In the opening races of the Double Sculls Challenge Cup, Gabriel Winkler and Daniel Simkin of Oakland's California Rowing Club opened with an impressive 4 1/4-length win over a double from Club Natacio in Banyoles, Spain.

In the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for schoolboy eights, St. Joseph's Preparatory School from Philadelphia advanced to the quarterfinals by beating England's Hampton School easily. However, Salisbury School of Salisbury, Conn., fell behind at the start and lost by 1½ lengths against English opponent Abingdon School.

Two American crews advanced to the quarterfinals of the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup for student and club quadruple sculls crews. The California Rowing Club won easily over Tigre Boat Club from Argentina, while the Riverside Boat Club from Cambridge, Mass., bested an English composite from the Marlow and Henley rowing clubs by 1 3/4 lengths.

In the Temple Challenge Cup for student eights, Williams reached the quarterfinals by beating Reading University from England by 2 3/4 lengths. The freshman crew from Harvard also advanced. In the afternoon session, Cornell, Stanford Grand Valley State and Trinity College of Connecticut also advanced in the Temple Cup by beating English schools.

Cornell came from behind to overtake Imperial College of London after three quarters of a mile.

The University of Western Ontario and England's Durham University will join the six American crews in the quarterfinals.