Crew Has Best Race Of Fall At Head Of The Occoquan

Nov. 9, 2004

Fairfax, Va. - Loyola's men's championship eight boat and men's novice four boat nabbed fourth-place finishes at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on Saturday afternoon as all of the Greyhound boats turned in their best races of the fall season.

The men's championship eight boat, which was stroked by Will Farrell, finished just 15 seconds behind third-place finisher George Mason. Army took first and second place, but the Greyhounds defeated William & Mary, Bucknell, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, among others.

"This line-up was changed late due to unforseen absences, but the guys still rowed very well," said Head Coach Al Ramirez. "Coxswain Jose Ilao steered the best race of his career on the very windy Occoquan Reservoir and the guys head into the spring feeling better about their confidence in letting the boat glide out between strokes as well as their ability to catch the water as a unit rather than as eight individuals."

The men's novice-four boat took fourth after building more than a one-minute cushion between itself and the next closest boat. The Greyhounds fell to just Penn State, Robert Morris and Duquesne, while defeatind six others.

"The novice-four did a great job of extending a lead over the pack behind them to prevent a threat of a challenge at the end," said Ramirez. "They also closed out the race very well with a nice finish."

Loyola's women's championship eight boat took seventh, but fourth among the colleges that were rowing in its heat. The Greyhounds finished within 21 seconds of the No. 1 college team, Army, and narrowly lost to Delaware and Bucknell as Ramirez's squad beat a host of some very solid collegiate crew.

"Katie Gallagher stroked the boat and most in the boat felt that it was their best effort this semester," said Ramirez. "We duked it out with some great teams. Hopefully, we can make some adjustments to our training and racing to beat [the squads we lost to] over the 2K sprint distance in the spring."

The women's championship four rowed in what was a very deep and experienced category. In addition, Loyola was forced to sub in two freshman at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts with the championship eight race. But, these four women forged ahead en route to a time of 22:47 and a 19th place finish and 12th place among college boats out of 26.

Will Farrell stroked the men's championship four boat to a 10th place finish out of 27 teams with a time of 19:06.00, despite battling some adversity caused by the start time of the novice eight race. One of Loyola's rowers was forced to row on the side of the boat in this race that is opposite the side he is used to rowing on during the eight races.

Loyola raced two boats in the women's novice eight race. The first boat finished in 11th place with a time of 21:38 while the second boat took 29th with a time of 24:37.

"Stroke Katherine Simoncini and Danielle Romasko showed the benefit of good technique in the boat and produced very strong results," said Ramirez.

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