Crew Teams Post Productive Outings at Head of Charles Regatta

Oct. 19, 2008

Boston, Mass. - The Loyola crew teams turned in an impressive pair of performances this weekend at the esteemed Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. The women's team finished 13th out of 34 teams in the College Four, while the men earned 17th place in the Collegiate Eight after their boat was involved in a collision with the U.S. Military Academy.

On Saturday, the women's boat, with Reilly O'Brien at coxswain, finished with an adjusted time of 20:04.873, good for 13th in the field from the 23rd bow. Western Rowing Club won the event at 18:54.730, while Simmons College placed second.

"It was a really strong run for our girls and I'm really pleased with their execution," Head Coach Al Ramirez said of his crew. "I know that none of the coaches were surprised by how well they did. They really had their heads in the game."

The men's team, racing in Sunday's Collegiate Eight, finished in 17th place after colliding with the boat from the Military Academy. At a hairpin turn under the Elliot Bridge with just a half mile to go, the Loyola boat attempted to pass the boat from the Military Academy. The Military Academy though, failed to yield properly for the pass, resulting in a collision.

Tournament officials originally penalized Loyola for the incident, but reversed the decision, and ruled the Military Academy at fault. The men finished 17th in the 38-field team with a time of 16:02.201 at the windy and curvy course. The team was in 13th place through two miles before the incident.

"We had an overall strong performance. The collision is just part of racing. You have to accept those types of difficulties," Ramirez said. "At the end of the day we're pleased by how they rode."

For the men's boat, Tom Quinn served as coxswain, while Devin Marsicovetere stroked the boat. The following Greyhounds also anchored the boat: senior Mark Hesse (7), freshman John Alburger (6), freshman Ryan Walsh (5), senior Cody Kishur (4), junior Mike Mikula (3), Jack Patanovic (2) and senior Tom Ballew sat bow.Williams College Boat Club won the Collegiate Eight with a 15:11.487, while Trinity College came in just a second later.

The crew teams will be back in action next weekend as they return to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, where they raced last weekend, for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.