Shelley Pearsonís Harvard University will send five crews to the third day of the Henley Royal Regatta after three boats won for the second straight day, while Pearson and her Harvard Womenís Heavyweight Varsity Eight opened with a victory on the Thames River.
With a strong headwind and warm temperatures creating challenging conditions, Harvard moved on to the Quarter-Finals of the Remenham Challenge Cup, while the heavyweight four reached the Semi-Finals of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup and two Harvard crews made the Temple Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals. Sophomore Andrew Campbell, racing for the Cambridge Boat Club, started off with a win in the Diamond Challenge Sculls.
"We're excited to keep racing," said Harvard head coach Liz O'Leary. "It's always good to get past the first day, and the great thing is that all the Harvard boats raced really well and have won all their races so far."
Harvard started out with a familiar opponent, the Thames Rowing Club and Henley Rowing Club entry that they had defeated in the Henley Women's Regatta. Pearson and Harvard led throughout and won by 2.5 lengths in a time of 8:00. The victory set up a matchup with Hollandia Roeiclub, a crew of members of the Dutch under-23 team.