HENLEY, England – Washington’s men’s varsity eight crew continued its unbeaten run Saturday as the Huskies advanced to Sunday’s final in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

UW beat a team from Poland — Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Zawisza and Regionalne Towarzystwo Wioslarskie Lotto — by 1¼ lengths in a semifinal race Saturday on the Thames, crossing the finish line in six minutes and five seconds. The Huskies will face an English crew, Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club, in the final on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. PDT.

The Grand Challenge Cup is the oldest and most prestigious event at Henley, having started in the same year as the regatta, 1839.

Earlier Saturday, the UW men’s second varsity eight was beaten in a Ladies’ Challenge Plate semifinal by another crew from Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club. The English rowers beat the Huskies by 1¼ lengths, finishing in 6:19.

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Washington won the Grand Challenge Cup in 1977, beating an Irish crew for its only title in the Cup.

Fans can follow live results Sunday on the official Henley Royal Regatta website, at the Regatta’s twitter page and at the Henley Radio twitter page.


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From sports-information reports.