March 29, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - The Loyola College crew teams turned in a very impressive performance on Saturday at the Murphy Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River, highlighted by strong showings all around as the Hounds get underway the bulk of their Spring season.
The women's novice 8 won their heat convincingly over squads from Delaware, Army, La Salle, Dayton and Fordham. Their time was the third fastest qualifying time overall behind only Bucknell and Temple, two very strong and deep teams. In the final they finished 5th ahead of West Virginia. They again trailed strong boats from Bucknell and Temple, and fell by one second Rutgers in a very a close battle.
The Greyhounds showed very well in the Fours, qualifying three of their four boats for the grand finals.
The women's light four, led by Daisy Carter, pushed Lafayette down the course to secure a spot in the grand final over Carnegie Mellon and MIT, with the fourth fastest time of the morning.
The Women's light 4 were forced by schedule conflicts to scratch out of the lightweight final against Pitt, Lafayette, Villanova, and Temple in favor of rowing the varsity 4 grand finals and the novice 8 grand final, as they shared rowers with each race almost simultaneously.
Three of the light four racers qualified for the women's open weight varsity four by winning their heat against American, Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, and NY Maritime. That boat was led by Kelly McDermott and Sheila Marsicovetere.
They placed 5th in the grand final against Bucknell, Navy A, Navy B, Robert Morris, and Philadelphia University.
The men's light weight 4, led by Josh Tarini, raced hard but came up 1.9 seconds short of a grand final losing to Duquesne and American in their heat.
The men's varsity open weight four, led by Devin Marsicovetere, did qualify for their final by winning convincingly over St Joseph's , Temple, Rutgers Camden, and Merchant Marine Academy. They too had to scratch out of their grand final due to time and personnel shortages in favor of rowing the Varsity 8 grand final.
The JV men's 8 and Novice men's 8 rowed strongly but were unable to advance out from the heats.
Coming back from a loss at the Jesuit invitational last week, the men's varsity top 8 raced very well, led by stroke pair of seniors Devin Marsicovetere and Marc Hesse. They beat Bucknell, Delaware and St Josephs to earn their spot in the grand final.
In the closely fought Men's Varsity 8 Grand final, the premier race of the day, Jacksonville (FL) dominated the second half of the race to take the tape while Temple, Bucknell, Fordham, and Loyola battled closely wire-to-wire for the other two podium spots.
In the last quarter of the race, Temple and Bucknell were able to pry four seconds away from the Greyhounds. The `Hounds raced well against Fordham but were unable to mount an effective final attack, finishing in fifth over Penn with a time of 6:03.7.
Overall, the team and Head Coach Al Ramirez were very pleased with the improvement over last week's race against Fordham and St Joseph's and look forward to racing these great squads again.
"We have a lot of work to do but the performances are there, and the improvements are showing, even when we row multiple events in rapid succession," said Ramirez. "That is encouraging as we enter the middle of the Spring season."