April 14, 2012
CHERRY HILL, N.J. -
The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s crew teams turned in strong performances at the highly competitive Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Saturday.
The women’s boat of coxswain Katherine Griffin along with Catriona Miller, Margaret Ajello, Andrea Almeida and Julianne Roccuzzo, placed first in their first round heat, dominating the field with a time of 8:08.42 to finish 3.7 seconds ahead of Connecticut.
The win in the heat advanced the crew to the semifinal, where the top two spots would qualify for the grand final on Sunday morning. The Greyhounds came up against very strong competition, finishing third behind first-place Kansas and second-place Penn State. The squad finished ahead of Delaware, Connecticut and West Virginia with a time of 8:06.64 to coast into third place.
The women will compete in the Petite Final on Sunday morning at 9:40 a.m., where they will face another strong field that features teams from Duke, North Carolina, Boston College, New Hampshire and Delaware.
The men’s side also qualified for the semifinal round with a third-place finish in their first-round heat.
The squad of Thomas Quinn, Jordan Mastera, Ryan Walsh, Joe Wawrzynski and Christopher Golon got into a heated battle with Iona, UMass and rochester for the last automatic qualifying spot . UMass pushed their bow out first gaining a 2.4 second lead over second place Rochester. Rochester was able to gain 1.13 seconds over Loyola, which put the Greyhounds in a race with Iona for third. The photo finish showed Loyola grabbing a 0.06 lead over the Gaels for third in the final stroke of the race.
The Greyhounds went on to take sixth in the semifinal with a time of 7:06.17 to qualify for Sunday’s Petite Final where they will be matched up against teams from Fairfield, Rochester, Washington College, Iona and Drexel.
“This is as close to a Championship preview as we can get,” said head coach Al Ramirez. “There are a lot of MAAC teams at the regatta and it gives us a chance to see where we are. I think there were positives to take away from this but also we know we have some things to work on. The men rowed one of their best races the first 1,000 meters of the semifinal but then struggled through the second half. The women were disappointed with the third-place finish in the semifinal but rowed a strong race overall. We’re looking forward to going up against more great competition in the Petite Finals tomorrow.”
Both boats finish up competition at the Knecht Cup on Sunday morning.