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Most US teams eliminated from Ladies' Plate 8s

AP , HENLEY-ON-THAMES, ENGLAND

Of the four American eights contesting the Ladies' Plate at Henley Royal Regatta, the University of Southern California from Los Angeles drew the only qualifying race to progress to the quarterfinals.

Southern California had a poor start and swerved so much in their first few strokes that they almost hit the wooden booms that mark the limits of the course. They never recovered from this, and despite a weight advantage of almost thirty pounds per man over the Irish, they went down by 2 lengths.

In the Temple Cup for student eights, Colby College from Waterville, Maine, continued their good progress and qualified for the quarterfinals with a strong win over the University of the West of England.

In the same event, Yale University from New Haven, Connecticut, battled their way through thunder and lightning to beat England's Nottingham University by 1 length to set up a quarterfinal with Scottish national champions Glasgow University.

St Xavier High School from Cincinnati, Ohio, continued their good week by beating the King's School College from Wimbledon, England, by 1 length. They now progress to the quarterfinals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights. However, Choate Rosemary Hall from Wallingford, Connecticut, failed to join them when they found England's Abingdon School too strong -- going down by 3 lengths.

In the Student Coxed Fours event, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, faced the Galway-based National University of Ireland, but went down by 2 lengths.

The opening round of the Visitors' Cup for club and student coxless fours brought together two American crews in the shape of the New York Athletic Club from New York City and Yale University from New Haven, Connecticut. The New Yorkers emerged victorious, beating Yale by 3 lengths to qualify for the quarterfinals.

In the Double Sculls Cup, Lucas McGee and Erik Winters of Brown University Alumni, Providence, Rhode Island, opened their campaign with an easy victory over Tees rowing club from England to progress to the quarterfinals.

Olympic champion Wyatt Allen from the USA Athens gold medal eight -- representing the Princeton Training Center, Princeton, New Jersey -- had an "easily" verdict over Andrew Aldron of London, England to move into the quarterfinals.

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