Oct. 20, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Loyola College crew team opened its 2005-2006 season at the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday in Philadelphia by competing in seven different events.
"We used this race basically as our last indicator before the Head of the Charles race next week to test our top eight line-ups and our women's four," Coach Al Ramirez said.
The men's college four team finished in 14th place with a time of 15:41. "This was a very tough category due to the number of small school programs or club programs that put their top four guys in this race," Ramirez said.
Meanwhile, the men's college lightweight four team earned a seventh place showing with a time of 15:51.90. "We were competitive with the St. Joseph's "B" boat and we beat Lehigh, which was a positive sign," Ramirez commented.
In the women's college four race, sophomore Nina McHugh helped the Greyhounds finish in 16th place with a time of 18:03.40. "They did fairly well considering Nina had never stroked a boat in a race situation," Ramirez said.
The women's college lightweight four group finished with a third place showing, recording a mark of 17:23.00. In addition, the men's college lightweight eight team finished in an impressive ninth place with a mark of 14:42.20. "We are very excited to have enough guys to row an 8 for the first time in five years," Ramirez said. "Our light crew has five guys in it that are really still novices."
Senior Rob Von Hagen led the men's Dad Vails 8 "A" team to a third place finish with a time of 13:42, while the team's "B" earned a ninth-place finish with a time of 15:15.30. "Rob stuck to the game plan very well," Ramirez commented about his captain. "Our 'A' boat had some goals for how they wanted to race and they largely met them. The boat is rowing better than it has since before my first season here."
The women's Dad Vails 8 team finished in fourth place with a time of 15:42.90. "While we do not have as much experience as other teams, I feel we had a very strong finish in a group of schools that had deeper squads," Ramirez said.
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, October 22 when they head to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass.