PHILADELPHIA - In their first collegiate appearances, the men’s and women’s novice crews led Loyola University Maryland to strong showings at the Murphy Cup season opener on the Schuylkill River.
Rhys Schueren, Meaghan Kaiser, Mia Gioia, Kristyn Rooney and coxswain Hana You took to the water at their first collegiate regatta, qualifying for the novice four finals with a preliminary race time of 8:40.96. Later in the afternoon, the crew shaved time off their earlier qualifying mark and took fifth in the finals with a time of 8:37.09.
The men’s novice four crew of Brandon Hutchinson, Chris Wong, Dom Abril, Ryan Moy and cox Mike Russo also put together a strong initial showing and out-raced North Carolina to advance to the finals with a time of 7:56.58. The Greyhounds went on to take sixth in the championship race, crossing the finish line in 8:21.63.
Earlier in the day, the women’s novice eight crew (Natasha Lobo, Schueren, Stephanie Petrone, Rooney, Mia Gioia, Samara Vallieres, Aubrey Lewis, Nikki D’Andrea and You) took fourth in the first heat of the prelims, clocking a time of 7:55.28.
The men’s novice eight crew of Ryan Elliott, Nick Trautwein, Jacob Landis, Erik Magnuson, Kunle’ Soniregun, Chris Rynne, Andrew Ramirez, Daniel Lecce and Russo came in sixth in their respective preliminary race. The Greyhounds went across the water in 7:00.64.
The varsity rowers opened up the day’s events, as the women’s four boat took to the water first thing Saturday morning. Lilly Lane, Megan Rabenberg, Corinne Conyngham, Keenan Gibbons and coxswain Serena Rivera finished third in the fifth heat of the women’s varsity four preliminaries, crossing the finish line in 7:59.99.
The men’s varsity four boats were unable to make it past the preliminary rounds, as the A crew (Victor Santiago, Robert Moore, John Dougherty, Liam Marmo and cox Patrick Flynn) took fourth in heat one with a time of 7:05.30 and the B crew of Ryan Brown, Ryan Scott, David Dukenik, Joseph Yacobucci and Russo came in third in the final heat with a time of 7:10.89.
Both the men’s and women’s varsity eight crews took fifth in their respective races, as the men crossed the finish line in 6:31.79 and the women in 7:17.34. JT Ellis and Coldel Reynolds also competed in the men’s varsity pair, taking sixth in 8:36.58.
Loyola returns to the water Sunday, April 3, at the Occoquan Sprints in Fairfax, Virginia.