Princeton Claims Elite, Senior Eight Titles At Henley Women's Regatta
The Ivy League champion Princeton open women celebrated a memorable Sunday at the Henley Women's Regatta by winning the grand finals in both the Elite Eights and Senior Eights finals.
The final race of the weekend would be for the Ron Needs Challenge Cup for Elite Eights, and it featured the Tiger varsity boat that upset Brown to win the Ivy League title against TEE/AGE/LDR/SOC/SIP, a boat comprised of some of Britain's top female rowers. Princeton, which won its semifinal against Massachusetts by four lengths, found its speed again and knocked off the local boat by one length to bring Princeton its second win of the day.
The first came in a thriller. The Princeton 2V, which won silver at Ivies and reached the NCAA grand final, won the the GP Jefferies Memorial Trophy for Senior Eights by pulling out back-to-back thrillers on Sunday. In its semifinal, Princeton topped Oxford Brookes University by a canvas (a close finish), and then it defeated Imperial College by a canvas to win the title.
The varsity four, another silver medalist, advanced to the quarterfinal of the Senior Fours before being knocked out of the event.
Princeton will now send two boats to the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most prestigious international events in rowing. The varsity eight will compete in the Remenham Challenge — Princeton took silver in this event in 2004 — while a four from the second varsity will compete in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup.
The Henley Royal Regatta will be held June 29-July 3.