May 3, 2009
Fairfax, Va. - Light rain and cloud cover could not dampen the competitive fire of the Loyola crew teams on Sunday at the Mid Atlantic Collegiate Championship.
Strong racing was the order of the day for the Hounds, who raced new lineups and tested the strength of healing injuries in their first event since the women claimed first place at the MAAC Championship and the men second.
The novice four, led by Kim Winiarczyk, won their final by 33 seconds over their nearest of six opponents, Catholic University, while Virginia Tech and William and Mary had to duel for a distant third.
The women's varsity four, stroked for the day by Sheila Marsicovetere, and 3 members of the varsity light four rowed to a strong second behind a driven William and Mary Tribe crew. The duel ended with a six second advantage to the Tribe, but the two boats finished 45 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor despite rowing a newly configured lineup.
The Men's Four dominated both their heat and their final to take home the second gold medal championship of the day, repeating Loyola's novice four win of 2008.
A new women's pair duo of freshmnen Catriona Miller and Lindsey Wilson earned a silver medal behind Johns Hopkins, but well ahead of Old Dominion RC.
The JV men, led by frosh Kyle Mannheimer, and utilizing key members of the frosh 8 and light 4 rowed to a third place finish behind strong crews from Penn State and William and Mary. Although it wasn't their best race, it gave the team a good idea of where they might improve for the Dad Vails, said Head Coach Al Ramirez.
The men's varsity eight, racing in the closest race of the Loyola day, were able to win back the Charlie Butt, Sr. Cup after last year's somewhat controversial loss to Fordham. They held University of Mary Washington off as well, as a hard charging George Mason crew raced to win the cup for the fourth time in five years. University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The coaches were happy with the results but still eager to get back to training-sharpening the edges, ironing out technical problems, and final tuning this week.
"Dad Vails is a very tough championship where fractions of a second will decide when we get sent home. Our goal to push into the finals there will require our very best technical and physical execution," said Ramirez.