Cal Crew Wins Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta

July 8, 2007

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - California defeated Cornell by 1 1/4 lengths to win the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta Sunday.

In a rematch from last year's semifinals, won by Cornell by just under a boat-length, Cal led from the start and crossed the finish line in 6:45.

On its way to the title, Cal opened racing last Wednesday by beating First & Third Trinity Boat Club of Cambridge easily. The Bears then defeated Reading University easily on Thursday, Georgetown University by 4 1/2 lengths on Friday and Brown University by three lengths on Saturday.

The Temple Challenge Cup for eights is open to crews from universities, colleges or schools and consists of five rounds of match races to determine a champion. The Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. At total of 467 crews, including 114 from outside the British Isles, competed at Henley this year.

The Temple Challenge Cup trophy was made in 1835 by Charles Fox, and the race has been contested since 1990.

The Bears reached the quarterfinals in 2005 and the semifinals in 2006 before this year's championship run.

For complete results, visit the Henley Royal Regatta website.

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