Rowing Teams Earn Three Medals At Occoquan Sprints

April 1, 2012

FAIRFAX, Va. - The Loyola University Maryland rowing teams had three boats earn medals at the Occoquan Sprints in Fairfax, Va., on Sunday, including both of the women’s varsity four boats and the women’s pair.

The Greyhound women’s varsity four ‘A’ boat finished first in its race, beating out teams from Navy, Old Dominion, West Virginia and North Carolina. The boat featured coxswain Katherine Griffin with Catriona Miller at the stroke, along with Margaret Ajello, Andrea Almeida and Julianne Roccuzzo. The group finished the course in 7:43.4, and was a full boat length ahead of second-place Navy.

The varsity four ‘B’ boat also finished in first, winning its race with a time of 8:03.5 and finished 21 seconds ahead of second-place Richard Stockton. The boat featured coxswain Olivia Camusi, Kathleen Sweeney, Clara Coleman, Abigail Thompson and Kathleen Varello. Teams from Maryland, N.C. State, College of New Jersey and Old Dominion.

The women’s pair of Clara Coleman and Andrea Almeida placed second in a close race with New York Maritime College. The pair finished in 8:29.72 and was just .9 seconds out of first place.

The women’s novice four rounded out the day for the women, finishing second in a time of 8:22.08.

The men’s varsity four ‘A’ boat of Thomas Quinn, Ryan Walsh, Jordan Mastera, Joe Wawrzynski and Christopher Golon finished third in its race against tough competition, navigating the course in 7:00.6. The group finished less than half a second behind second-place Virginia while Duke took first. The boat beat out teams from VCU, La Salle and George Mason.

The men’s varsity four ‘B’ boat placed fourth in its race, while the novice eight boat finished sixth after placing third in its heat to qualify for the grand final.

The men’s pair of Christopher Golon and Tom Kelly finished third, in a tight race for second with Carnegie Melon. The pair finished in 8:02.00.

The rowing teams take a week off before hitting the water for the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., on April 14-15.