CHERRY HILL, N.J. - In the first of two-straight race days this weekend, the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's rowing teams competed at the 33 rd -annual Murphy Cup Regatta on the Cooper River.
"The coaches were satisfied with the team's effort today," head coach Al Ramirez said.
The men's varsity four of Robert Moore, Craig Spicer, David Dukenik, Victor Santiago and cox Patrick Flynn started off the day for the Greyhounds. The crew finished second ahead of Fordham, West Point, Temple and Holy Cross with a time of 7:20.08.
"Both freshmen boats rowed very hard," Ramirez said. "Neither performed up to their expectations, possibly feeling a little bit unnerved and a little overexcited as young racers tend to get. Part of the equation was also that the coaching staff was nudging them up to the next level of stroke rate that is a required step to get to the level we can be racing at in six weeks."
The women's novice eight (Natasha Murray, Sarah Doyle, Lauren Howe, Allison Langley, Keenan Gibbons, Emily Mansour, Kristin Wawrzynski, Nona Sharp and cox Serena Rivera) went on to finish third, crossing the finish line in 8:09.25.
In Loyola's final race of the afternoon, the men's novice eight took third ahead of crews from Michigan, Penn State and Lafayette. Santiago, Joseph Yacobucci, Ryan Brown, Dukenik, Austin Drexel, Christopher Keyloun, Liam Marmo and Rachel Yuhas recorded a final race time of 6:46.90.
The Greyhounds return to action on Sunday, March 29 at the Occoquan Sprints at Sandy Run Park in Fairfax, Virginia.