Oct. 10, 2009
Schuykill River, Pa. - Schuykill River, Pa. - The Loyola men's and women's rowing teams opened the 2009-10 season Saturday morning at the Navy Day Regatta held on a 4k long portion of the 128-mile Schuykill River in Philadelphia. Only the varsity members of each squad made the trip for the Greyhounds as a cool and light rain sailed over the course in the first few races. Course conditions were smooth for the first two-thirds of the course, but was choppy in the final stretch due to the wind.
The Men's Four opened the racing for Loyola as the `A' squad of Nick Miano, Marc Hesse, Maciej Owsianny, Jordan Mastera and coxswain Thomas Quinn placed 14th of 22 squads in 15:14.17. Coxswain Abigail Gotsch led the `B' team to a 17th place finish in 15:51.04. Also on the `B' group was AJ Micheli, Christopher Golon, Kyle Jones and Sean Baker.
In the Women's Four, the "a" boat of coxswain Katherine Griffin, Kelly McDermott, Maggie Ajello, Meghan Fregeau and Sheila Marsicovetere placed ninth of 19 teams in 17:06.77. Olivia Duckworth coxed the `b' boat of Kimberly Winiarczyk, Leslie Ann Perez, Elizabeth Staub, and Catriona Miller to a 17:25.18 time, good for 12th place. "We saw strong rhythms in the women's a and b fours and will step up the pace as the fall season ripens," said head coach Al Ramirez.
The third race the Greyhounds competed in was the Novice Four, and Abigail Gotsch coxed Loyola to a second place finish out of seven crews in 17:33.84. Joining Walsh in the boat was Erin McLaughlin, Taylor Potter, Liz Piper, and Kathleen Murphy.
"I was extremely pleased with the way this young group showed up and executed a great race in a "first-time" lineup. Their skills caught our eye and we wanted to see what they could do together. I'm impressed with the way they came together with such sort prep time."
"The men were definitely disappointed with their final standing after last year's historic win in the Dad Vail men's 8. This crew did graduate half of the men's varsity 8 though and have replaced these seasoned vets with younger bodies and relatively new rowers. It's just a matter of time and patience until we can produce some winning times. The older kids know what is possible and what it takes to get there, and I'm confident that we will get there soon."
The finale of the regatta was marked by the Women's Varsity 8 where the Greyhounds placed 10th of 20 crews in 15:04.10. The `Hounds outkicked Philadelphia University in the final meters of the Rams' home course by .87 seconds. Griffin coxed the boat which included McDermott, Marsicovetere, Perez, Ajello, Carter, Staub, Roccuzzo, and Winiarczyk.
"I was glad to see the varsity 8 perform well. They went out more aggressively and made some good power moves between the 500 and the 1000m marks. Things got a little rougher towards the end of the race, but the vets showed good attitude and race-ready mentality while the younger second year rowers showed good poise and effort when it counted."
"I was pleased with the way the women's boats rowed. Half the rowers we raced are either in their first or second year of competitive rowing and so we are really focused on rowing with ever improving technique and purposely racing at lower stroke rates than our opponents are. Although it may cost us in the short term in terms of fall race finish placing, I am confident that our younger rowers will benefit by developing the skills needed for the spring sprint races."
The rowing teams are back in the water next weekend (October 17-18) when they travel to Boston, Mass., to take on the Charles River in the 45th Head of the Charles.