Oct. 23, 2004
Cambridge, Mass. - The Loyola women's varsity-four boat cruised to a time of 15:07.42 and an 11th-place finish out of 42 teams at the world-renowned Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon held on the 2.5-mile Charles River course, which runs between Boston and Cambridge.
The Greyhounds, who were paced by stroke Kathryn Gallagher, captain Courtney Toms in the No. 3 seat, Lauren Opalenski in the No. 2 seat, Liz Gunnar at the bow, and coxswain Kristin Gorman, defeated a number of elite club teams as well as the University of Tennessee and Johns Hopkins.
Loyola's finishing time was within 4.2 percent of the winner's time and qualified the Greyhound boat for an automatic bid to next year's Head of the Charles. This feat marks the second straight year that Loyola Director of Rowing Al Ramirez has seen his women's varsity-four boat gain an automatic bid to the following year's Head of the Charles by finishing within five percent of the winner's time.
"This was a really good result after we started fourth because of our great finish last year," said Ramirez. "I think the women surprised themselves a little. It was by far their best row of the year."
Loyola, with its automatic bid from 2003, started the race fourth because of their solid finish last year and finished behind the winner, Tulsa, Bowdoin College, the National University of Ireland, the Capital Rowing Club, the University of Oregon, the Ottawa Rowing Club, Kansas University, Bryn Mawr College and Wheaton College.
The Greyhounds didn't get passed by one boat throughout the course of the race, which was conducted in the Fall regatta format. The Fall regatta format launches each team from the starting line by themselves in 30-second intervals. For example, the No. 1 seed is launched, then about 30 seconds later, the No. 2 seed is launched, etc.