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HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England – The Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team raced well, but saw its Henley Royal Regatta journey come to an end on Friday when it was defeated by Germany's RTHC Bayer Leverkusen in the first round of the Ladies' Challenge Plate. 

Established in 1839, the Henley Royal Regatta is one of the oldest and most prestigious regattas in the world, drawing thousands of fans and hundreds of crews from across the globe each year. It takes place in the small British town of Henley-on-Thames situated on the River Thames about an hour outside of London.

“I'm proud of the way our guys raced today,” head coach Wyatt Allen said. “That was a seasoned German crew with several national team members aboard, and I thought that our guys gave them just about all they could handle at the end.

“The Henley format is brutal,” Allen continued, “and our best today was not enough to advance.”

The Big Green, which returned to Henley for the first time since 2001, completed the 2,112-meter course 1/3 of a length behind RTHC, which finished with a time of 6:11. Of the five Ladies' Challenge Plate races that have taken place since Thursday, Dartmouth's opponent rowed the fastest time.