Five Loyola Boats Win Races At Occoquan Sprints

April 3, 2011

LAKE RIDGE, Va. - Five Loyola University Maryland boats won their respective races on Sunday, capping a great day of racing at the Occoquan Sprints on the Occoquan Reservoir.

"I was very happy with the race results today," Head Coach Al Ramirez said. "The novice eights showed improvement despite last minute adjustments in response to boat damage issues and recent health setbacks. Lauren Walsh, one of our coxswains, actually jumped in the women's novice eight to prevent it from being scratched. The novice men were very dominant in their eight heat as well and also won their fours race.

The men's varsity four boat of Jordan Mastera, Ryan Walsh, Josh Tarini, Christopher Golon and coxswain Thomas Quinn won its final in 7:18.6, edging the second-place boat from George Mason by 0:01.22.

Loyola's women's lightweight varsity four followed that performance with a victory, as well. The boat of Kimberly Winiarczyk, Catorina Miller, Alexandra Dagenais, Julianne Roccuzzo and coxswain Katherine Griffin won with a time of 8:53.7, easily outdistancing the second-place team from Georgetown.

The next race saw another Loyola boat reach the finish line in first place. The Greyhounds' women's varsity four - Andrea Hartman, Margaret Ajello, Alexandra Brozyna, Erin Mulhern and coxswain Lauren Walsh clocked a time of 8:59.7 to defeat Georgetown's boat by almost six seconds.

Loyola's men's novice eight boat - Alexander Duffy, Jonas Nissley, Joe Deraville, Maymon, Angibeau, Tom Gasbarro, Doug D'Angelo, Andre Estrada and coxswain Jordan Buff - finished first in 7:33.2, defeating George Mason's boat by over six ticks of the second hand.

The men's novice four crew of Nissley, Deraville, Max McLaughlin, Maymon and Buff won its competition in 8:08.45, over eight seconds better than second-place William & Mary.

In the women's novice four race, Loyola's Kathleen Sweeney, Rockwood, Amanda Phillipp, Kimberly Chambers and Monroe took second place in 9:21.02.

The women's novice eight capped the day with a victory in the petite final and seventh-overall finish. Monroe, Sweeney, Chambers, Rockwood, Dagenais, Donahue, Walsh, Philipp and Santarpia crossed the line in 9:33.00.

"Perhaps more impressive were the hard fought varsity four races over tough Temple, St. Joe's and Georgetown crews," Ramirez added. "The varsity men's four pushed ahead of the UVa crew that beat them last week in Philly and held off strong pushes from the home team, George Mason all the way through the final 1000 meters, winning by just a couple of seats after hitting the halfway mark dead even."

Loyola will be back in action next weekend at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J.