April 19, 2004
CAMDEN, NJ - Racing for the final time before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships, Loyola's crews posted a number of impressive performances, complete with a pair of gold medals, at this weekend's two-day Knecht Cup Regatta held on the Cooper River.
The Greyhound men's freshman-8 boat headlined the weekend's performances for Head Coach Al Ramirez's squad with their 6:50.80 gold medal jaunt in the grand final. Loyola took out second-place UConn by two seconds, crushed strong Boston College (3rd place) and Army squads, and ousted conference-rival Iona en route to taking center-stage on the victory podium.
Loyola's women's varsity-4 snagged a gold medal in their petite final as they finished seventh overall. The seventh-place finish is deceiving however, because the squad actually posted the fourth-best time among all crews participating in finals. The Greyhounds' time of 8:02.50 bested Tulsa's (4th place), Boston College's (5th place), and the Kansas B-team (6th place) in the grand final and was just 7.5 seconds behind the grand final's third-place finisher, Dowling. Villanova won the race and Kansas grabbed second.
The Greyhounds' women's novice-four boat had a nice outing as well, taking third in the petite final and sacking strong teams like fourth-place West Virginia, fifth-place Iona, and sixth-place Army.
The men's varsity-4 boat looked great out of the gates and through the first 900 meters, but eventually struggled as they were overpowered by some of the East Coast's brawniest crews.
Likewise, Loyola's women's novice-8 failed to advance to semi-finals competition despite rowing well and placing just behind a UConn boat that went on to the finals.