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Moments in History: Penn at Henley

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Today marks the the 175th commencement of the annual Henley Royal Regatta, where the best in the world vie for the world's most prestigious amateur rowing trophies in what legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson -- had he ever been dispatched to 
English: Sport Nautique (Belgium) winning the ...

English: Sport Nautique (Belgium) winning the Grand Challenge Cup, Henley Regatta - B&W photo - July 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henley-on-Thames -- might have dubbed "the granddaddy of them all."
He also might have noted the strong home-field advantage, where English crews have taken the top prize, The Grand Challenge Cup, roughly twice as often as foreign clubs and 67 years straight from the regatta's beginning in 1839 until 1906.
But that didn't faze the Red and Blue crew of 1901, whose well-documented run to the finals marked the first time an American boat ever mounted a serious threat to take the cup out of England. Under the direction of rowing Hall of Famer Ellis Ward, the 8-man boat won both of its trial heats before taking on the venerable hometown Leander Club, whose boathouse looks out on the Henley course. Ward would spent nearly four decades at Penn, and the 1901 trip to Henley remained his tenure's crowning achievement.

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