Men's Novice Four Victorious at Head of the Occoquan

Nov. 1, 2009

Occoquan River, Va. - The men's and women's rowing teams were in the water Saturday at the Head of the Occoquan with the highlight being a gold medal finish by the men's novice four. The men's varsity four and eight both took sixth in their respective races, while the women's four and eight took 13th and 11th.

The men's frosh four, coxed by Steven Bitondo and stroked by Kyle Jones, ran away with the race in 20:13.6, finishing 27 seconds faster than second place Maritime College.

Also on the men's side, the varsity four raced a pair of boats, with Thomas Quinn leading the `A' boat to a sixth place performance. Also in the first boat was Michael Faust, captain Marc Hesse, and sophomores Ryan Jordan and Ryan Walsh. The `B' boat of AJ Micheli, Jordan Mastera and sophomores Christopher Golon and Thomas Kelly took 18th of 28.

The men's varsity eight featured a new lineup that is exceptionally young, but is gradually improving. Among the newcomers were stroke Michael Faust and Sean Baker in the bowseat. Despite dropping out of the medals in sixth place, the boat raced well and finished in 16:54.

On the women's front, the varsity four placed 13th and 25th, with the `A' boat being stroked by Kelly McDermott and also included Leslie Ann Perez, Sheila Marsicovetere and Elizabeth Staub. The `B' boat was a completely revamped lineup of Helen O'Connell, Anne Marie Gochis, Jacklyn Pilkington and Amber Ellis.

Impacted by illness, the varsity eight (11th of 28) raced with an entirely new lineup with McDermott in the stroke and being backed up by Marsicovetere, Perez, Staub, Daisy Carter, Catriona Miller, Julianne Roccuzzo and Kimberly Winiarczyk.

The men's and women's novice eights both took 13th in their respective races. The men were stoked by Jones and raced pretty strongly according to the coxswain, Bitondo in 19:31.18. The women finished in 19:31.18 against very steep competition which featured teams from Delaware, Duke, Georgetown, George Washington and George Mason among a host of other regional teams such as Maryland, Pittsburgh and Duquesne.

The rowing program will now have two weeks off to prepare for the Frostbite Sprints Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J. on November 14.