June 6, 2009
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Men's Varsity Four of the Loyola Crew team finished in fifth-place on Saturday at the Petite Finale of the IRA National Regatta on Lake Natoma, pushing the Greyhounds to 11th place in the nation in the event.
Loyola finished the race with a time of 6:55 in the event finale, trimming six seconds from their time of 7:01 on Friday. That race, they also improved by six seconds from Thursday's heat, when they finished 7:07.
"It was a great race. Our guys said they could feel themselves getting better with each stroke and I'm very pleased with the result," said Loyola Head Coach Al Ramirez.
Northeastern won the heat with a time of 6:44, while Brown (6:49), Florida Institute of Technology (6:50), and Yale (6:52) rounded out the top four. Drexel finished in sixth at 6:57, two seconds off Loyola at fifth.
For the second consecutive race, Loyola jumped out to an early after the first 500 meters. Brown, though, stepped up to lead a crowded pack of boats. Northeastern made a large power move 600 meters into the race and took control in 800 meters, never surrendering the lead.