WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's rowing teams completed the first day of competition at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake.
The men's novice four crew of Jacob Landis, Chris Rynne, Ryan Elliott, Nick Trautwein and coxswain Mike Russo highlighted the day's events taking first in their respective race and recording the fastest time of any boat in all three heats. The Greyhounds finished ahead of Bowdoin, Villanova, Bucknell and Drexel with a time of 7:56.36.
Later in the day, the crew took third in the semifinals (7:57.39) and secured a spot in the grand finals Sunday morning.
Russo, Landis, Rynne, Elliott and Trautwein went on to join Erik Magnuson, Kunle' Soniregun, Andrew Ramirez and Daniel Lecce in the men's novice eight race. The Greyhounds finished fourth in 7:36.44 and earned a spot in the semifinal races also scheduled for Sunday.
Due to strong competition, the men's varsity four (cox Patrick Flynn, Victor Santiago, Ryan Scott, John Dougherty and Robert Moore) and eight (Flynn, Santiago, Joseph Yacobucci, Ryan Brown, Scott, Landis, Moore, David Dukenik and Dougherty) crews were unable to advance to the semifinal rounds, as the boats took fourth and sixth, in their respective races.
On the women's side, Rhys Schueren, Meaghan Kaiser, Mia Gioia, Kristyn Rooney and coxswain Hana You advanced to the semifinals with a qualifying time of 9:28.66. The Greyhounds went on to take sixth with a time of 9:59.00 in the following round.
Later in the afternoon, Gibbons, along with Lilly Lane, Maggie Rabenberg, Corinne Conyngham and coxswain Serena Rivera competed in the women's lightweight four race. The crew finished sixth with a time of 8:44.07.
Cox Emma Sharon, Lane, Schueren, Conyngham, Kaiser, Gioia, Rooney, Natasha Lobo and Nikki D'Andrea took fourth in the fourth heat of the women's novice eight race, crossing the finish line in 8:39.02.
Competition at the Knecht Cup will continue Sunday morning with the men's novice eight semifinals scheduled to begin at 9:09 a.m., and the grand finals for the men's novice four at 11:29 a.m.