PHILADELPHIA - For the second week in a row, the men's lightweight four took first in competition, along with two other Loyola University Maryland crews at the Frostbite Regatta on Mercer Lake Saturday.
"We are pleased with today's outcome," head coach Al Ramirez said. "Even the boats that didn't finish first learned a lot about their abilities and are ready to compete tomorrow."
Cox Keenan Gibbons, Robert Moore, Theodore Fortier, James McCarron and Craig MacAdams finished ahead of boats from New York Maritime, Lafayette College and Colgate University, crossing the finish line in 7:02.81.
The women's varsity four crew of Eleni Papadatos, Darby Barrett, Kelly Gregitis, Melissa Cortes and coxswain Megan Rabenberg won by open water ahead of TCNJ and New York Maritime crews. The Greyhounds clocked a finish of 8:27.40.
Gibbons and classmate Nona Sharp started the day off with a first-place finish. The pair competed in Loyola's first race of the day, defeating two other boats in a time of 9:25.25.
Later in the morning, the novice women's boat (Lauren Howe, Catherine Seeger, Sarah Doyle, Caroline Carbone and cox Rachel Yuhas) took second, finishing in 9:06.03. Seeger, Doyle and Carbone went on to compete in the novice eight race along with teammates, Barrett, Natasha Murray, Kayleen Melvin, Alexandra Wertman, Emily Mansour and coxswain Serena Rivera, finishing third in 8:22.17. The Greyhounds finished with open water ahead of TCNJ, Lafayette and Binghamton University.
On the men's side, Joe Wawrzynski, Filip Zigic, Bryan Carney, Craig Spicer and cox Patrick Flynn finished ahead of Patriot League foe, Lafayette, taking third in the men's varsity four race with a time of 7:08.31. Loyola's varsity four "B" boat (Christopher Taylor, Austin Drexel, David Dukenik and Victor Santiago) also took third in a separate flight. The crew crossed the finish line in 7:36.64.
Loyola's men's varsity eight crew started strong in the first 750m, but was eventually passed by flight champion, Drexel. New York Maritime and Washington College also took seats away in the second half of the race, leaving the Greyhound with a fourth-place finish (6:30.72).
The men's novice eight struggled to find a unified rhythm on Saturday, finishing fifth with a time of 7:43.07.
The Greyhounds return to Mercer Lake tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 9, to race in the Bill Braxton Regatta.