The Huskies earn an easy victory over Collingwood College in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup on the River Thames in England.

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The University of Washington men’s crew began its competition Thursday at the Henley Royal Regatta with a comfortable victory over Collingwood College in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup on the River Thames in England.

“We wanted to have a clean start, and our guys were solid in managing the conditions,” UW coach Michael Callahan said in a statement. “This was our first time navigating this crowded course with the log booms and all the spectators on the water. This is a difficult boat class to row, without a coxswain, but it’s something we are comfortable with as part of our system at the University of Washington.”

The Visitors’ Challenge Cup is an event for coxless fours. The Huskies got out to a quick start, almost immediately seizing control of the race and had a large open-water lead at the quarter-mile mark. UW maintained its lead throughout and rowed to victory with a time of 7:20.

“We’ve made some big strides in the last week since we’ve been training here,” bowman Zach Hershberger said. “This group is really good at staying focused, especially here at Henley where there are a lot of distractions with the crowds and heavy river traffic, similar to the Windermere Cup. We are well-prepared.”

UW will advance to the second round of the Visitors’ Challenge Cup on Friday.

Note

Erik Hanson, from Sahalee CC, shot a modern competitive course record 8-under par 62 at Jackson Park to grab a four-shot lead at the Seattle Amateur.

Erik Olson (2004 Seattle Amateur champion) and Kyle Cornett from Seattle University both shot 4-under 66s. The event continues Friday at Jefferson Park.

• Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) player of the month for June. Little, 25, has helped Reign FC earn a 3-0 record in June.