PHILADELPHIA - The Loyola University Maryland rowing teams earned four spots in the finals, led by the men's varsity four Saturday afternoon at the Kerr Cup on the Schuylkill River.
Victor Santiago, Ryan Scott, John Dougherty, Robert Moore and coxswain Patrick Flynn took first in their respective heat of the men's varsity four. The Greyhounds qualified for the finals with a time of 6:43.61 and went on to finish second in 6:41.15.
In the second heat of the men's varsity eight, Flynn, Santiago, Scott, Dougherty and Moore, along with Joseph Yacobucci, Ryan Brown, Jacob Landis, David Dukenik came across the finish line in 6:22.70 to advance to the petite finals and take fourth ahead of Franklin & Marshall and Maryland. The veteran crew posted Loyola's fastest time of the afternoon, a mark of 6:12.87.
A pair of men's novice four boats raced Saturday afternoon with the B boat (Brandon Hutchinson, Chris Wong, Dom Abril, Ryan Moy and cox Hana You) taking fifth (7:58.85) in the first heat and the A boat (Ryan Elliott, Erik Magnuson, Kunle' Soniregun, Nick Trautwein and coxswain Mike Russo) advancing to the finals with a qualifying time of 7:13.03. The A crew went on to finish sixth in the finals with a time of 7:14.53.
Glennith Capone and Nona Sharp finished second (9:18.03) in the first heat of the women's varsity pair to advance to the finals and take sixth with a time of 9:02.07. On the men's side, David Bjorklund and Coldel Reynolds finished third in the first heat of the men's pair. The duo recorded a time of 7:57.34.
Both the men's and women's novice eight crews narrowly missed out on their respective finals, with the men taking fourth in first heat with a time of 6:58.03. The women went on to finish third in 8:04.01.
Rhys Schueren, Meaghan Kaiser, Mia Gioia, Kristyn Rooney and cox Emma Sharon came in ahead of crews from Fairfield and Maryland to take fourth in the first heat of the women's novice four. The Greyhounds came across the finish line in 8:21.41.
The women's varsity eight boat of Lilly Lane, Megan Rabenberg, Natasha Murray, Kaiser, Lauren Howe, Emily Mansour, Corinne Conyngham, Keenan Gibbons and coxswain Serena Rivera took fifth in the first heat of competition, crossing the finish line in 7:20.86; while the varsity four crew finished fourth in 7:54.39.
The Greyhounds will have one more opportunity to return to the water before the Dad Vail and Patriot League Championships in May. Loyola will race at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships Saturday, April 30, in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.