June 5, 2009
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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - With a third-place finish in their heat on Friday at the IRA National Regatta on Lake Natoma, the Loyola men's varsity 4 rowers have assured the program of its highest-ever finish at the esteemed event.
The Greyhounds finished Friday's 2,000 meter race in 7:01:08, cutting six seconds from Thursday's result, and finishing just behind Wisconsin (6:56.16) and Yale (6:57.2). University of California-Irvine finished fourth at 7:09.1.
With the showing, Loyola won itself a spot in Saturday's Petite Finale. If the crew wins tomorrow's event, they will establish themselves as the seventh-best Men's Varsity Four in the country.
"Our guys are looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow to race against some tough competition, and we're hoping to cut our time once again ," said Head Coach Al Ramirez.
Ramirez said the Varsity 4 boat, composed of composed of Devin Marsicovetere, Marc Hesse, Cody Kishur and John Vitanovec and coxed by Daisy Carter, jumped out to an early lead after the first 750 meters but was unable to sustain momentum.
Northeastern (6:49 time in today's race), Drexel (6:57), Florida Tech (6:56), Brown (6:55) and Yale are just some of the names that will join Loyola in Saturday's Petite Finale. The race will start at approximately 9:38 a.m. PDT.