Crews Battle Harsh Conditions To Excellent Day At Occoquan Sprints

April 8, 2004

OCCOQUAN, VA - Loyola's rowing teams battled extremely harsh weather conditions, but managed to pull out some outstanding performances, including a gold-medal row by the men's varsity-4 boat, at Sunday's Occoquan Sprints held on the Occoquan River.

Despite Mother Nature presenting Head Coach Al Ramirez's crews with highly dangerous rowing conditions, consisting of winds up to 35 miles per hour and 48-degree temps, the Greyhound men's varsity-4 boat knifed its way through the white cap-filled Occoquan en route to a first place finish with a time of 3:07.40. Loyola's time bested second-place St. John's by a gaudy 17 seconds.

Loyola's women's varsity-8 boat was successful, as well, winning their heat with a time of 3:08.60 to earn a spot in the Finals, where the Greyhounds took fourth place in a very tight race. Loyola, which clocked a time of 3:01.50, fell to first-place Drexel (2:54.40) by just seven seconds, second-place Mary Washington (2:59.40) by two seconds, and third-place George Mason (3:01.10) by 1.4 seconds as the 'Hounds defeated Bryn Mawr (3:03.60) and Virginia Tech (3:06.40) by slim margins.

The Greyhound men's varsity-4 took third-place in their respective race with a time of 4:32.70 while the women's varsity-4 grabbed seventh of 10 with a time of 3:44.0.

The following are a few notes about the race from race officials:

-Officials attempted to run races as close to each other as possible and incases where crews were renumbered, heats and finals.

-The Novice Men's and Women's Eights Finals were cancelled. The Men's Pairswere also cancelled.

-Most races were held over 800-1250 meters.