Men's Varsity Four Makes Grand Final At Knecht Cup

April 18, 2005

Camden, N.J. - Loyola's men's varsity-four boat took advantage of favorable weather conditions and put forth one of the best performances in Greyhound Rowing history as they became the first Loyola quartet ever to qualify for the grand final at the Knecht Cup this past weekend.

With senior Will Farrell as the stroke, Rob Von Hagen, Ed Garnett, Tom Scida, and freshman coxswain Alexandra Brown bolted past Temple (7:17.6) and Boston College (7:19.5) to a time of 6:59.6. Loyola missed a medal by just .31 seconds in falling to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Marist (6:59.29).

Dowling took first in the varsity-four race with a time of 6:50.0 while Lehigh finished second with their time of 6:55.2.

The Greyhounds' men's varsity-eight also had their best race of the year as they qualified for the second level final where they finished in fourth place (6:20.3) against many of the region's best teams. Loyola edged LaSalle by .6 seconds and defeated George Mason by more than 15 seconds. Delaware took first (6:13.7), UMass placed second (6:15.0), and Drexel grabbed third at 6:18.1.

"The varsity-four did a great job for a new, untested lineup and put together a fantastic row," said Loyola Head Coach Al Ramirez. "The varsity-eight put forth their best effort of the year, depite a rough showing in the prelims. Luckily, they knocked out UConn on Saturday to earn a Sunday racing spot and laid it all on the line in the final."

The novice-eight led Loyola's women's team as they advanced from a grueling heat into the semifinals. Led by stroke Michelle Ernst and Nikki Yaeger and steered by coxswain Alex Brown, the Greyhounds rowed in a tie for second for most of the race before falling into third place and missing the grand final by one second.

"In spite of their relative inexperience, they were able to surprise a lot of deeper programs," said Ramirez. "They didn't have their best row in the petite final as they lost to Delaware, UMass, 'Nova, St. Joe's, and Kansas, but we are looking for great things from this boat at next week's MAAC Championships."

Loyola's women's varsity-four and -eight boats ran into a mishap in the -four race and then some of the nation's best teams in the -eight and failed to advance to Sunday.

The Greyhound men's novice-eight led by freshman Dave Rock, Zach Reichenbach, and again, Brown as the coxswain, rowed a very tough race, but were nipped at the end by eventual gold medallists and MAAC rivals, Marist, to miss the final rounds.

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