April 18, 2010
PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. - The Loyola women's rowing team won its second-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, winning five of eight races on the day, and the men placed second for the second straight year at Mercer Lake Sunday afternoon. The championship trophy is the women's rowing team's fourth in the last seven years.
"The women had fantastic races all day today," said head coach Al Ramirez. "I think they performed near the top of their abilities and put a great effort out there. Drake was impressive and Marist is always intimidating so we knew we had to be at the top of our game today."
The women's squad was victorious in the Varsity 8, Varsity 4, Novice 8, Lightweight 4 and Second Varsity 8 on the day. They also finished second in the Novice 4 and JV4 and took third in the Pair.
"I believe that winning our fourth conference title in seven years shows that we have the ability to compete with the best," said Ramirez who also garnered his second straight Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year award. "In two years, the winner of this conference will automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament."
The women were led by four seniors - Kelly McDermott, Sheila Marsicovetere, Daisy Carter and Elizabeth Staub - who were victorious in all three of their events. Senior Meghan Fregeau also played a big role, earning a spot this week on the Varsity 8 earlier this week. Fregeau rowed in the Varsity 8 and had to overcome an injury-plagued junior season to earn her seat.
In the women's competition, the Greyhounds took home the team title with 184 points and were followed by Marist (166), Fairfield (135), Drake (134), Iona (116), Sacred Heart (96) and Manhattan (25).
On the men's side, the Red Foxes earned their 13th league title with a total of 189 points. The Greyhounds were the runners up with 165 points and were followed by Iona (149), Fairfield (92) and Manhattan (32).
The Loyola men finished second in six of eight events on the day.
"The men turned in a valiant effort today, just missing out on victories in the Varsity and Lightweight 4 races," commented Ramirez. "The Varsity 8, and both of our 4s exceeded our expectations, but just lacked the firepower. The guys really put out all they had and had impressive races across the board.
Freshman Jordan Mastera had a great day for the men, competing in a team-high four events, including stroking the Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and Novice 4. His Novice 4 came immediately after rowing a 2,000m course in the Novice 8.
The Loyola rowing program, under the tutelage of Ramirez has been one of the most successful teams for the school this decade. Since Ramirez arrived to the Evergreen Campus in 2001, the women have finished in the top three in all but one season and the men have finished no lower than fourth, with six second-place performances at the MAAC Championships.
Loyola also had 15 team members selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team as all had at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average. Those members are Sean Baker, Christopher Golon, Marc Hesse, Nick Miano, A.J. Micheli, Maciej Owsianny, Thomas Quinn, Josh Tarini, Ryan Walsh, Sheila Marsicovetere, Kelly McDermott, Catriona Miller, Leslie Ann Perez, Elizabeth Staub and Kimberly Winiarczyk.
The Greyhounds resume postseason rowing at the Mid-Atlantic College Crew Championships Sunday, May 2 on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax, Va. And the prestigious Dad Vails Regatta in Philadelphia May 7-8.