HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - Trinity College made an early mistake and the University of Western Ontario took advantage to win the Temple Challenge Cup for student eights yesterday at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Trinity caught an oar in the water and lurched to one side, allowing the Canadians to push ahead after a few strokes and go on to a 2 3/4-length victory.
Trinity had advanced to its second final in four years by beating Stanford's freshmen eight by 2 lengths Saturday. The Hartford school, which had won the Cup in 2005, defeated Southampton and Oxford of Great Britain, as well as Grand Valley State during the week. In the final of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights, the regatta's most prestigious event, the University of Southern California, with six members of the Estonian national eight aboard, lost to Canada's Victoria City and Kingston by 2 lengths.
In other action, Wesley Piermarini and Elliot Hovey from the California Rowing Club in Oakland got a strong tuneup for the Beijing Olympics by winning the Double Sculls Challenge by beating Peter and Thomas Graves of Bantam Boat Club in Cincinnati by 1 1/4 lengths on the regatta's final day.
Piermarini and Hovey took control early in the race for international double scullers. The outcome repeated the result of the final of the US Olympic trials last month.
Piermarini and Hovey were later part of the California Rowing Club boat in the Queen Mother Cup for international quadruple scullers. They lost to the only other entry, the Olympic-bound quad from Estonia, racing as Viljandi and Narva Energia, that cruised to a 2 1/4-length win.
California's second quadruple sculls crew, racing in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup for intermediate quads, beat an English composite from London and Leander clubs by 1 1/4 lengths.