Lightweight 4 Women Take Fourth At IRA Championships

June 4, 2011

CAMDEN, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland's women's lightweight four boat came up just short in its bid to repeat as Intercollegiate Rowing Association champions on Saturday afternoon when the crew finished fourth in the Grand Final on the Cooper River.

The Greyhounds, who won last year's championship, finished in 7:42.424, taking fourth behind 2011 champions Wisconsin. The Badgers were followed by Stanford, Radcliffe and the Greyhounds. Princeton took fifth, and Tulsa was sixth.

Loyola's boat of Kimberly Winiarczyk, Catriona Miller, Alexandra Dagenais, Julianne Roccuzzo and coxswain Katherine Griffin took second in its Friday heat, crossing the finish line in 7:56.998. Stanford won the heat by a length with a time of 7:52.514, and the Greyhounds easily beat Tulsa and M.I.T.

In the final, Wisconsin took an early lead, and the Greyhounds battled Stanford, Priceton and Radcliffe for second place from the 500 through 1,400-meter marks. Stanford jumped ahead at the 1,400-meter point in the race, and it was a three team battle for bronze.

At the end of the race, Radcliffe pulled ahead to earn the bronze by just 1.5 seconds.

"I was proud to have another boat qualify to race against such prestigious programs," Head Coach Al Ramirez said. "And, for them to battle for the medals as hard as they did, considering the 'Hounds crew consists of four juniors and one novice freshman, we have another year for development and improvement yet and look forward to go bowball-to-bowball with the best lightweights in the country."

Wisconsin won the first heat of the lightweight fours and was followed by Radcliffe. Princeton and Tulsa earned their way to the Grand Final by finishing 1-2 in front of M.I.T. in the repechage.