The Eastern Sprints Championship was satisfying to the Harvard lightweight crew, but this month they'll probably be going for even greater glory.
The Henley Regatta in England is the class race of rowing. There are no weight classes, no barriers to entry, and no end to the prestige that surrounds this race. Held on the Thames annually, it is a top sports and social event. Henley has three racing divisions, and three championships. Harvard will be entered in the Thames Challenge Cup race, scheduled for July.
Harvard is the only American team definitely competing. The lightweights will be facing English rowing clubs, European champions and Russian crews; the competition is unpredictable.
Prior to the Henley, Harvard will be competing in the Nottingham Regatta, held the last weekend in June. Coach John Higginson will be using the same seating he has used all season. Ed Reynolds at stroke, Todd Howard (7), Leif Soderberg (6), Mac Heller (5), Bob Leahey (4), Peter Huntsman (3), John Kiger (2), and bowman Paul McKenna. Chris Ross will cox.
Eastern Sprints Champ Radcliffe will be sending both an eight and a four to the National Women's Rowing Association Championships, to be held on Lake Merrit in downtown Oakland, Calif., next weekend.
The Radcliffe eight will be out to defend the national title it won last year, while the four will be shooting for its first national crown.
The heavyweight crews will also be rowing this month. Saturday, the varsity and J.V. heavies will travel to Wisconsin for a head-to-head competition with the University of Wisconsin, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of crew at Wisconsin.
Next week these two crews will be joined by the freshmen heavies for a trip to Seattle. There the three crews will participate in the Washington Invitation Crew Championship, sponsored by the University of Washington.