Women's Varsity Four Takes 9th of 54 at Head of the Charles

Oct. 17, 2009

Charles River, Mass. - The Loyola women's rowing team had a pair of Varsity Fours compete at the 45th Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass. The `A' boat placed ninth of 54 boats, while the `B' boat finished 37th in the same race.

Katherine Griffin coxed the `A' boat with crew members Kelly McDermott, Margaret Ajello, Meghan Fregeau and Elizabeth Staub. The four finished the course in 19:49.742 to place ninth after starting in the 27th position based on last year's result. The foursome was in fourth place after the Riverside checkpoint.

The second boat, which was coxed by Olivia Duckworth, crossed the finish line in a controversial 20:27.237, which was good for 20th place. However, race officials issued the crew a one-minute penalty for not yielding in a timely fashion, which is still under review. After assessing the penalty, the boat dropped to 37th. Making up the second boat along with Duckworth were Kimberly Winiarczyk, Leslie Ann Perez, Sheila Marsicovetere and Julianne Roccuzzo. The second boat started the race in the 42nd position.

Head coach Al Ramirez was extremely pleased with both boats as the A' boat moved up 18 places from last season and features a first-year rower and another coming off injury. The `B' boat also consisted on three rowers from last season's top novice boat, which speaks volumes of the development of the program.

Ramirez was also pleased that his crew was able to defeat rivals such as Holy Cross, Army, Fairfield, Boston College and Iona.

The men's rowing team will have a pair of eight boats racing tomorrow in the second day of the Head of the Charles. Race time is slated for approximately 1:15 pm.