Oct. 22, 2006
Boston, Mass. - Loyola men's and women's crew each sent boats to the Head of Charles, the fall's premier race, on Sunday in Boston, Mass. Both the men and women raced their Varsity 8 boat on a crisp October day made for racing.
Penalties dampened a good performance by the men, whose original finish time placed them in a three-way tie with Northeastern and George Mason. All three teams rowed the course in 16:10. After the race, however, the `Hounds were assessed a huge 1' penalty for disregard for safety, stemming from oars crossed over the bouy line in warm-ups. When the dust settled, Loyola dropped from 26th of 58 entries to 54th of 58 entries.
The women had a tougher racing weekend. Due to factors beyond their control, they were unable to get practice time on the water. The young women rowers clearly need a bit more traveling /racing experience to be able to overcome tough situations but there is definitely some promise as well as useful experience in the boat. They defeated Marrietta, Maryland, American, Manhattan, Sacred Heart, Union College, Johns Hopkins and Northwestern to take 44th out of 56.
Both crews return to action this weekend in Philadelphia at the Head of the Schuylkill.