Nov. 6, 2010
FAIRFAX STATION, Va. - The Loyola University Maryland rowing team took to the water in Fairfax Station, Va., for the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on Saturday. The Greyhounds made an impressive showing, including strong results from several novices making their collegiate debuts.
"I think we're real proud of the way the way the varsity boats came to race today," said Head Coach Al Ramirez. "I'm glad the novices got a taste or racing and that they could leave the day with a positive feeling. We're excited to see where we can take these novices next week."
The Greyhounds enjoyed one of their best finishes in the Women's Novice Four with a sixth-place finish out of 26 entries. Nicole Santarpia was the coxswain for a boat of Brenna Bourie, Kayla Donohue, Sarah La Barth and Kimberly Chambers. The craft finished ahead of other entries from Virginia Tech, Georgetown and George Mason.
Loyola also enjoyed a strong finish in the men's Varsity Four. Kimberly Winiarczyk provided coxswain duties for a men's crew of Jordan Mastera, Kelly, Tarini and Sean Baker that finished seventh out of 31 boats. The team bested crews from Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Commonwealth and Duquesne with a time of 18:18.61.
The Greyhounds competed first with both a men's and women's entry in the Collegiate Eights. The men's boat, with Jordan Buff as coxswain, finished 16th after a late approach to the line. The boat was crewed by Jordan Mastera, Thomas Kelly, Max McLaughlin, Josh Tarini, Joe Deraville, Sean Baker, Michael Skopelitis and Paul Kalkbrenner. Joe Deraville made his collegiate debut as a walk-on freshman racing competitively for the first time.
The women's boat finished 11th out of a field of 25, topping other teams from West Virginia, Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Lauren Walsh served as coxswain for a crew of Kimberly Winiarczyk, Kathleen Murphy, Leslie Ann Perez, Margaret Ajello, Kimberly Seckler, Erin Mulhern, Susan O'Rourke and Julianne Roccuzzo. Loyola finished the course in 18:44.21.
"The women had a real solid race," Ramirez said. "We had to change the lineup a bit after some injuries but they felt good about their race and the girls who were healthy stepped up."
The men's Novice Eights finished 15th out of 20 with a crew of McLaughlin, Jesse Silverman, Deraville, Jonas Nissley, Tom Gasbarro, Ryan Masotti, Andre Estrada and Alexander Duffy with Jordan Buff as coxswain. The women's craft of Bourie, La Barth, Chambers, Breen, Kathleen Sweeney, Christina Fisher, Amanda Philipp and Santarpia with Kayla Donohue at coxswain finish 20th out of 25.
The day ended with the women's Varsity Four. Lauren Walsh served as coxswain for Roccuzzo, Ajello, Seckler and Murphy. The team finished 16th out of 31, ahead of entries from William & Mary and Liberty.
Loyola races twice in Philadelphia next weekend, with the Frostbite Regatta on Saturday and the Bill Braxton Regatta on Sunday.
Full results from the Head of the Occoquan are available here.