Oct. 11, 2008
Philadelphia, Penn. - Loyola's crew teams put forth some impressive performances on Saturday at the Navy Day Regatta, which took place on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Penn., and featured some of the nation's premiere competition. The men's team won what is arguably considered the event's premiere race- the Men's Dad Vill Eight--while the women's team brought home a victory in the Women's Club Four.
"For as early as it is, things are looking very good for our team right now, and I'm proud of the way we performed today," Head Coach Al Ramirez said.
The men's team certainly proved itself to be in top-form, especially in the illustrious Dad Vill Eight. The Greyhounds' finish of 14:06.60 in the event was over 18 seconds better than the second-place finishers, Temple University, and 34 seconds better than the third-place finishers, St. Joseph's University.
"We set out what we wanted to do, and that was win the event," said Ramirez.
With the victory, Loyola received the race's top prize, the Battleship New Jersey Cup.The Loyola boat featured eight members -- three of them freshmen--and was led by senior Devin Marsicovetere.
Earlier in the day, the men's team finished third in the Lightweight Four with a finishing time of 16:14. The event was won by Georgetown University, while St. Joseph's finished in second. Junior Mike Mikula stroked the boat, while Zuri Malick, Josh Tarini and a Greyhounds freshman finished out the side.
The women's College Four team finished 12th out of 20th in the event with a time of 18:08:20. Georgetown's lightweight boat won the race, while Pennsylvania placed second. The men did not compete in the men's College Four, as unexpected equipment problems arose.
The women's team claimed a first-place finish in the women's club four, beating the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy by an impressive distance. The Greyhounds' boat, led by Kelly McDermott, Amanda Bernardo, Helen O'Connell, and Molly Riley, finished the event at 18:30.70, while the Marines came in second at 20:46.80.
Loyola entered two teams in the Men's Club Four event, with the `B' team finishing in third place at 16:04.80. The other Loyola squad finished in fifth place at 17:25.10. Pennsylvania A.C. Rowing Squad captured the event.