Malvern Prep's quad A boat lost its bid to win the Fawley Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta in England when it was beaten Saturday in the quarterfinals by Sir William Borlase's Grammar School of England.
The Friars foursome of seniors Pat Donahue, Austin Bury, Alec Somers, and Dan Schwarz lost by a boat length to Borlase, which had tied a course record for the event the day before with a time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. On Saturday, Borlase covered the 1-mile, 550-yard course in 6:49, 21/2 seconds ahead of Malvern.
The Friars never trailed by more than a length and drew even with Borlase with 300 meters to go, but weren't able to take the lead.
"They rowed a terrific race," Malvern coach Craig Hoffman said of his quartet. "Unfortunately, they spent so much effort trying to catch up they couldn't maintain it."
The Friars plan to watch Sunday's finals before heading home Monday.
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