April 9, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Three Loyola University Maryland boats advanced to their respective grand finals on Saturday in a good day of racing for the crew team at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River.
The Loyola women's lightweight four boat opened the competition with a victory in its semifinal heat. The Greyhounds finished in 8:35.74 to defeat crews from Wisconsin, MIT and Penn State.
Loyola defeated second-place Wisconsin by nearly four seconds and has the second-fastest time in the semifinal heats behind Pittsburgh.
In the women's novice four race, the Greyhounds won their morning heat with a time of 8:47.99, defeating boats from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes Iona and Marist in the process. They then won their semifinal heat in 8:19.69, besting second-place West Virginia by more than four ticks of the clock, to advance to Sunday's grand final.
After finishing second to Massachusetts in its morning heat, the men's varsity four crew slipped to fourth in its semifinal heat behind Colgate, MIT and Boston College, with a time of 7:01.61. Boston College edged the Greyhounds by 00:00.15 to advance to Sunday's grand final. The Greyhounds will compete in the petite final.