March 22, 2009
Pennsauken, N.J. - The Loyola crew teams opened their spring season on Saturday with their strongest showing ever at the Jesuit invitational. The Greyhounds raced on the Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., and competed against a very challenging field.
Loyola earned wins in the varsity women's four, the novice women's four and the varsity men's four. A second place over Fordham College in the frosh men's 8 brought very encouraging news for the Hounds after a long winter of grueling indoor training.
Due to low roster numbers, a lack of coxswains and some key injuries to the women's varsity squad, Loyola had to scratch out of the women's varsity 8 and were dropped from the jv8 following a late arrival at the line.
Loyola's athletes rose to the occasion though, and some raced two or three times against freshmen athletes from competing schools. Ramirez noted that it was encouraging to see that the Greyhound's race times were competitive against a field of five competitive racing teams who boasted more experienced and healthy rosters.
"Hopefully our injuries will be healed by mid-April for the most competitive regattas and the conference championship," Ramirez said. "We're relying on athletes to get proper treatment so our whole roster can be utilized for the upcoming months."
"If our women can't be fully healthy by April then we will pull together as we did today-- be creative, ask other athletes to step up and make the sacrifices we need to," said Ramirez.
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