Crew Shows Improvement At Head Of The Schuylkill Regatta

Nov. 1, 2005

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Greyhound crew team continued to show improvement by competing at the prestigious Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia last Saturday afternoon. Coach Al Ramirez received strong performances from several different squads, including the freshmen, who competed in their first college meet.

"We had a very successful regatta overall," Ramirez said. "This is the biggest one day race in the nation and teams from around the country compete in this event."

The Greyhound men's varsity 8 squad competed in the club men's 8 rave and finished in sixth place out of 33 crews. After getting into a battle with Drexel, Lehigh, Rochester and local rival Johns Hopkins, the Greyhounds, who were led by senior Robert Von Hagen , made several changes to their plan and were able to finish strong. "We were focused on technical changes that we worked on during the week," Ramirez said. "This was by far our strongest showing of the day."

The women's varsity 8 crew used the event to test a new lineup, which finished in 15th place out of 45 crews. The University of Pennsylvania took first place and was followed by Navy. Captain Lauren Opalenski sat in the stroke position and helped the Greyhounds in the event with the new lineup. "The boat rowed fairly well but was lacking some of the confident power from Boston," Ramirez said. "Only 10 seconds separated us from eighth place Bucknell, so we are confident that lost ground can be made up after another week with the new lineup."

The varsity 4's gained some valuable racing experience in the regatta. Led by Ashley Troncone , the women's crew finished in 23rd place out of 36th place. The race was won by the Three Rivers Club from Pittsburgh followed by the University of Pittsburgh, Lehigh and George Mason.

The Greyhound men varsity 4 crew finished in 35th place out of 44 teams. Led by junior Chris Walsh , the Greyhounds used the race as an important learning experience for the rest of the season. "This is a young boat manned by second-year rowers," Ramirez said of the group. "We can use this race to learn more about pre-race preparation."

The freshman teams gained their first college experience in the regatta. Competing in very tough events, both the men's and women's team competed against strong competition. The novice women finished in 39th place, but was able to stay ahead of teams from Delaware, St. Joseph's, Fordham, Temple and George Washington. The race was won by Columbia University.

On the men's side, the Greyhounds earned a 34th place finish out of 47 crews. Loyola finished ahead of Johns Hopkins, American, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Fordham.

"Overall, I think we had a good experience with this regatta and feel we can use this to get better as the season progresses," Ramirez said.

The Greyhounds return to Philadelphia on November 12 for the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta.