May 7, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Loyola's men's and women's rowing teams combined to place four boats in the semifinals after some brilliant performances during Friday's preliminary rounds of the Dad Vail Regatta, which is being held on the Schuylkill River.
Competing in one of the world's largest spring races, the Greyhound women's varsity-pair locked up a spot in the semifinals with their third-place finish, Loyola's women's varsity-eight grabbed first in a consolation heat to try for a spot in the grand final, the women's novice-four boat placed second in its heat, and the men's novice-eight snatched third to advance.
The women's varsity-eight took third in its initial heat in order to have a better chance at advancing from the consolation heat. In the consolation heat, the 'Hounds ousted Santa Clara, UConn, George Mason, Lafayette, and Albany en route to the win and the semifinals. Loyola must finish in the top-four to guarantee itself a top-12 finish for the whole regatta and must finish in the top-two during tomorrow's semifinal round to guarantee a top-six finish for the whole regatta.
The women's novice-four's advancement to the semifinals is very impressive, considering their lineup was changed on Wednesday and it was the first time that the new group had raced together.
The men's varsity-four was the other Loyola boat to compete at Dad Vails and the only one that failed to advance. However, both Director of Rowing Al Ramirez and the four rowers that participated agreed that it was one of the best showings this group had made all season, but they were simply outdone by stronger, faster crews.
The four Greyhound boats that remain will try to take advantage of the momentum they created today and carry that over to tomorrow as they enter semifinal action on the Schuylkill River.