Oct. 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Eleni Papadatos made Loyola University Maryland rowing team history, to become the first Greyhound to compete in a women's singles race at the Head of the Schuykill Regatta Saturday afternoon.
Papdatos raced the first women's event of the year, taking took 23rd and crossing the finish line in 21:59.26. The sophomore rower showed healthy despite racing many post-collegiate scullers in her first race of the season.
"The crew raced well in challenging wind and choppy water conditions," said Head Coach Al Ramirez. "Today's races were valuable learning experiences for the younger racers, as the conditions were close to that of the typical spring championships."
An eighth-place finish by the men's lightweight four boat highlighted the day's events. Stroke Walter Horan, Robert Moore, Craig MacAdams, Theodore Fortier and cox Lindsay Superczynski took eighth (15:46.14) out of 35 teams, finishing ahead of Clemson, West Point and Saint Joseph's. Joe Wawrzynski, Craig Spicer, Bryan Carney, Filip Zigic and cox Patrick Flynn finished nearly a minute after the lightweight boat, taking 14th and recording a time of 15:52.88.
"The lights bailed a faster overall time with a lower stroke, indicating efficient rowing and more precise steering," Ramirez said.
The men's eight finished eighth, ahead of fellow Patriot League rival, Lafayette College. The Greyhounds crossed the finish line in 14:49.01.
Loyola's final two races of the day were the lightweight and heavyweight pair.
"The pairs faced the most difficult conditions of the day," Ramirez said. "Direct headwinds pushed whitecaps against the teams for the first 2k with the second half being a challenging crosswind. Small boats don't carry as much momentum as the larger boats, and are more susceptible to tipping in rough water."
Despite the condition, James McCarron and Christopher Carpenter finished eighth (21:00.13) in the lightweight race, while Michael Blume and Chris Hartford took 12th (20:14.37) in the heavyweight race.
The crew returns to the water Saturday, Nov. 2, to compete in the Head of the Ocooquan in Fairfax, Va.