March 30, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Loyola's men's and women's rowing teams hit the water this past weekend at the Murphy Cup held on the Schuylkill River where the women's varsity-4 qualified for the grand final and fourth of 16 overall as all of the Greyhound boats performed well.
The Greyhound women's varsity-4 was the highlight of the weekend as they rowed a time of 7:40.48 to finish second in their heat and advance to the grand final. Loyola had to finish second or better to advance and they did just that in jumping out to a fast start and defeating Saint Joesph's, Carnegie Mellon, Franklin & Marshall, and Geneseo.
In an exciting grand final, Loyola took fourth with their time of 7:40.8 to finish behind three very powerful boats in first-place Villanova (7:29.5), second-place Temple (7:34.0), and third-place Dowling (7:37.8). The Greyhounds blew by the Temple "B" team and Navy.
Loyola's boat was stroked by senior Suzanne Veilleux, followed by fellow senior Kate Lally, and sophomores Steph Maloney and Courtney Toms and coxswain Kristen Gorman, which were the same rowers that crewed the Head of the Charles Boat back in October. According to the crew, the final race did not feel quite as solid as the qualifying heat, but coaches onshore were pleased with the final standing and overall performance.
The Greyhound men's varsity-4 raced hard, but finished fourth in their heat of six with their time of 7:07.83. The boat, which was stroked by junior Will Farrell, who was followed by Rob Von Hagen, Bob Gallagher, and Mike Faherty and coxswained by senior Amy Gallagher, finished ahead of Duquesne and Pitt "B". Temple's "A"-boat, which consisted of the best four rowers in this Philadelphia powerhouse, finished in first place with a time of 6:49.7. Geneseo "A" finished in second and showed surprising strength for a small program. Carnegie Mellon inched past Loyola in the final 800 meters to seal the third spot with a time of 7:05.16.
Loyola's men pressed as hard as they could, but are dealing with the rough edges in technique that result from changing to a slightly higher stroke rate.
"Although the men were disappointed with the 'feel' of the rowing during the race, onboard computers confirmed that their true waterspeed is getting faster," said Head Coach Al Ramirez. "You can't ask for a whole lot more."
"We definitely have the heart to be successful and some of the fundamental building blocks to championship speed," continued Ramirez. "Now it's just a matter of building team depth, getting people physically stronger, and becoming more consistent and technically sound--things that come only with more time training."