Crew Competes At Head Of The Charles

Oct. 24, 2005

BOSTON, Mass. - The Greyhound crew teams competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta over the weekend in an event which featured over 1,000 crews from all over the world. One of the most prestigious events in the country, Loyola was entered in four different events.

The women's club 8 team turned in a 36th-place finish, completing the course in a time of 19:30.16. "That race featured some of the top crew teams from around the globe," Loyola coach Al Ramirez said. "This was our first year competing in the event and we hope to make it an annual event which our alumni can participate in."

The women's club 4 squad finished in a time of 21:26.04, which was good for 26th place. "This event has been one of our most successful events over the past two years, but we were unable to get the same type of success this season as we would have wanted," Ramirez said. "This allowed some of our younger and developing rowers a chance to experience big league rowing."

Meanwhile, the women's college 8 team finished 24th in its race by registering a time of 19:33.62. " Colleen Johnson led this team to a very strong finish and probably our best performance of the young season," Ramirez said. "They had the most success at this tough meet."

The men's college 8 crew overcome some tough obstacles in its race to earn a time of 17:06.52, which earned the Greyhounds a 32nd-place standing. "Despite having a few inexperienced freshmen on the crew, this group is looking to be the most promising we have had in the last five years," Ramirez said. "This definitely bodes well for our future."

" Robert Von Hagen did a great job of getting this team through a minor incident with another team and he helped the crew rebound to finish strong," Ramirez continued.

The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, October 29 at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa.