May 12, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
The Loyola University Maryland women's rowing team had two boats qualify for the semifinal round at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, as the pair and varsity four each competed.
The women's pair face squads from Penn State, Washington University, Stetson, Cincinnati and Case Western. After a strong first 500m, the crew of Margaret Ajello and Kathleen Sweeney had difficulty on the dogleg right turn and ended up in a collision with the boat from Case Western. Both teams were excluded from advancing due to the accidental interference.
The women's varsity four of Catriona Miller, Clara Coleman, Andrea Almeida, Julianne Roccuzzo and Katherine Griffin faced a tough field in the semifinal round that included Fordham, North Carolina, Temple, Oklahoma City and Buffalo. The crew had one of their strongest races of the season, finishing the course in 7:55.865, but Fordham and and North Carolina took the two spots in the final.
"At the end of the day, I was very happy to have the women's teams make the semifinals in both events entered and the athletes were pleased with their racing efforts," said head coach Al Ramirez. "With the Dad Vail Championship getting faster every year, the task of making the semis and the finals becomes ever more challenging. We hope to return with the eight boats next year. The senior class was one of the strongest classes of the last decade, and will take time to replace."