April 4, 2006
FAIRFAX, Va. - Competing against a number of teams from the Mid-Atlantic region, the Greyhound crew teams fared well at last Saturday's Occoquan Sprints, which were hosted by George Mason University. The Greyhounds turned in three first-place efforts to go with a second-place finish during the event.
Led by Carl Jenkins, the men's novice 8 advanced to the final with a third place finish and then, provided a stellar third-place effort after sprinting from behind to catch the leading three crews. "Considering that two of our members first handled an oar after spring break, the finish was very impressive," Coach Al Ramirez said.
The men's varsity 8 squad finished in second place after qualifying for the grand final. Meanwhile, the women's novice 8 won its heat against several local teams, including the host Patriots, Maryland, Lafayette and Mary Washington, but finished fourth in the grand final. "We look to see improved racing from them in the weeks leading up to the conference championship," Ramirez commented about the women's novice 8.
The women's varsity 8 team had a strong qualifying heat and finished in third place in the grand final behind a pair of crews from Williams College.
The women's varsity and novice fours were able to leave as winners, taking first place in both events. In addition, the men's four of Nick Kiniry, Zack Reichenbach, Matt Spalluzzi and Kevin Murawski added a very strong finish for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds will continue their season this weekend when they travel to the Knecht Cup Regatta in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. "We will be taking only the best members of the squad to this incredibly competitive event that includes top racers from the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions," Ramirez said. "Our goal for this two-day tournament is to advance our top 8's closer to the grand finals than we did last year."