Oct. 20, 2003
BOSTON, MA - Loyola's crew team saw its women's Club-Four boat place 6th out of 51 teams while the Greyhound men's Varsity-Four boat officially defeated the United States National Team boat after the U.S. team was disqualified due to rowing under a section of a bridge that wasn't part of the course at this past weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta held on the Charles River that runs between Boston and Cambridge, MA.
The women's Club-Four performance was definitely the highlight result of Loyola's weekend, according to Greyhound Director of Rowing Al Ramirez, as Loyola completed the course in a time of 19:39.47 to finish third among all college crews in a race that included a number of fully-funded programs, such as Kansas, Tulsa, St. Thomas, Barry, Georgia State, Edinburgh, and Lehigh. Loyola's boat was stroked by Stephanie Maloney and was led by seniors Kate Lally and Suzanne Veilleux who lended power and expereince to go along with Bow was Courteny Toms.
"This boat has only been together for roughly a week, so we are very pleased and proud of their outstanding row," said Ramirez.
The Greyhounds excellent finish automatically qualifies them for a spot in next year's Head of the Charles because the boat finished within 1.9 percent of the winner's time.
One of the most controversial occurences of the whole weekend occurred to Loyola's men's Varsity-Four boat when a University of Pennsylvania coxswain decided about 0.5 miles in to the race to steer the Penn boat directly in to the side of the Greyhounds' vessel and in to the lap of bow-seat man Robert VonHagen. VonHagen grabbed the Penn boat before any damage was done to the boat, but the attack stopped Loyola's boat completely for a moment until the Greyhounds had clearance to start rowing again. The situation caused the Greyhounds to lose about 20 seconds off of their final time, but Loyola rowed hard throughout and eventually discovered that they had officially defeated the U.S. National Team due to the U.S. boat's disqualification.
This youthful boat contained two freshmen in Tom Scida and Mike Farrell and was led by junior Will Farrell at stroke and sophomore Rob VonHagen at the bow, with Amy Gallagher filling the role of coxswain. These five athletes managed a solid finish among a number of strong and experienced crews.
The women's Lightweight-Four, led by seniors kath galway and Steph Chizik, finished 13th in the highly specilaized open Lightweight-Four race. The Greyhounds recorded a time of 20:59.03 in a category that featured 17 solid crews from around the continent and was won by the perrenially strong Undine Barge Club while Canadian powerhouses Brock University and the University of Victoria took second and third.
Coxswain Kristin Gorman, who was new to the course did her research and steered a great course, grazing just one bridge, but keeping the Greyhounds in the mix.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday when it will race in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia where the Greyhounds will race their Varsity-Eight boats for the first time of the year, debut their freshmen squads, and face more competition that they could see later this season at races like the IRA Championships. The Head of the Schuylkill is the largest one-day rowing event in the nation.