Women's Varsity Eight Takes Third, Men Fourth At Season Opening Navy Day Regatta

Oct. 18, 2004

Philadelphia, Pa. - Loyola's women's varsity eight boat placed third while the Greyhound men's varsity eight boat placed fourth at the season opening Navy Day Regatta held Saturday on the Schuylkill River's 2.5-mile course.

Racing in its only warmup for next weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta, Loyola's women's varsity eight battled high headwinds and white cap-filled waters, but still managed to torch the course in a time of 16:34.80 to finish behind only Villanova and Temple while defeating Saint Joseph's, Bryn Mawr, Drexel, Lehigh, and Dowling. The Greyhounds were led by stroke Colleen Johnson and seniors Caitlin Welch and Devon Higgins.

Loyola's men's varsity eight posted nearly as impressive as a showing as their female teammates in turning out a time of 14:29.30 to take fourth in beating the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Lehigh, the U.S. Military Academy, and perennial Dad Vail finalist, Drexel. The Greyhound men, who were led by stroke Will Farrell and coxswained by freshman Natalie Schiavone, fell to only Temple, Saint Joseph's, and Delaware.

Kathryn Gallagher, Lauren Opalenski, Liz Gunner, and coxswain Kristin Gorman paced the women's four boat. This quartet improved on a tough week of practice to produce a 10th-place finish and record a solid time of 18:43.70.

Two Greyhound men's fours also raced and they were presented the day's toughest rowing conditions. One boat, led by stroke Pat Hickey and coxswained by Jose Ilao, took 15th with a time of 17:22.70, while the other, stroked by Nick Kiniry and coxswained by Joe Reddy, placed 19th with a time of 17:41.20.