PHILADELPHIA - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's rowing teams opened the spring portion of the 2014-15 schedule at the Jesuit Invitational hosted by Saint Joseph's University.
"The crews raced well despite not having seen unfrozen water since the beginning of March," head coach Al Ramirez said. "We have some learning experiences to build off of for our next race, but overall the teams showed very well."
The women's freshmen eight of Natasha Murray at stroke, Sarah Doyle, Lauren Howe, Allison Langley, Keenan Gibbons, Emily Mansour, Kristin Wawrzynski Nona Sharp and cox Serena Rivera highlighted the day's events taking second ahead of Villanova and Saint Joseph's. The Greyhounds finished the 2,000m course in 6:50.90.
"The women's crew turned out to be the best surprise of the day," Ramirez said. "Overcoming injuries that hampered our spring training camp, they raced a completely new lineup. I saw a confident and unified crew rowing hard today."
On the men's side, Victor Santiago, Joseph Yacobucci, Ryan Brown, Ryan Scott, Christopher Keyloun, Austin Drexel, David Dukenik, Liam Marmo and coxswain Rachel Yuhas took second in the freshman eight race with a time of 6:04.10, while the men's varsity four (Santiago, Dukenik, Craig Spicer, Robert Moore and cox Patrick Flynn) finished third in 6:26.0.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday, March 28, as the Greyhounds travel to Cherry Hill, New Jersey for the Murphy Cup on the Cooper River.