June 4, 2009
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Up against their toughest competition of the season, the Loyola men's Varsity Four turned in a solid showing on Thursday at the IRA National Regatta , finishing in fourth place among six teams in the race's first heat at Lake Natoma.
The Varsity Four--composed of Devin Marsicovetere, Marc Hesse, Cody Kishur and John Vitanovec, with Tom Bellew slated as the spare--finished the 2,000-meter race in 7:07, just 18 seconds behind Princeton, which took top honors at 6:49. Georgetown came in second at 6:53 while Northeastern finished at 6:58. Mary Washington and Santa Clara rounded out the group.
Loyola now proceeds to a repechage race on Friday at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Fifteen teams will compose the field, with the top team advancing to the Grand Final, the second and third to the Petite Finale, and the fourth and fifth to the Trial Final. Among tomorrow's entrants will be heavyweights Washington, Wisconsin, Yale and Brown.
"We feel like it was a good showing for us against a very, very strong field," said Loyola Head Coach Al Ramirez of his team's performance today.
"Our guys put everything out there and we're hoping for a spot in the top-five tomorrow."
Ramirez said that Princeton plunged to an early lead and never looked back.
"We took some strategic moves at the midway point to jump to the middle of the pack, but the top two boats were just too far in front."