Greyhounds Overcome Adversity To Row Well At Head of the Schuylkill

Nov. 9, 2004

Philadelphia, Pa. - Loyola's women's varsity-eight boat recorded the best finish of any Greyhound boat at last Saturday's highly competitive Head of the Schuylkill Regatta as they finished in seventh place out of 44 teams with a 2.5-mile time of 15:57.04.

Loyola, led by Katie Gallagher and Courtney Toms, overcame a late arrival to the starting line to put together a very solid race. The Greyhounds defeated Holy Cross, RIT, Penn State, MAAC foe Marist, William & Mary, Drexel, Delaware, Army, and Ithaca while falling to only Louisville, UConn, and Rhode Island.

Colleen Johnson and Caitlin Welch, both of whom rowed with the varsity eight, jumped in to the Greyhound varsity four boat at the last minute and helped lead the vessel to a respectable 15th-place finish. Loyola beat solid crews from Army, Saint Joseph's, Delaware, Lehigh, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Loyola's men's varsity eight, which was stroked by Will Farrell and Rob Von Hagen, took 16th of 42 in the club category as they topped Bucknell, Penn State, Marist, American, and Delaware.

The men's varsity four boat rowed well, but finished 23rd out of 33 after being forced to use athletes that had just rowed in the varsity eight race. Loyola did manage to upend teams like Lehigh, Richmond, American, Catholic, and Saint Joseph's.

Loyola's women's novice four finished fifth of nine while the novice eight finished 26th of 52. The eight defeated boats from Penn, Villanova, Lehigh, George Mason, Ithaca, American, and Temple.

The men's novice eight raced two boats as the first boat, which was stroked by Bill Fusco, beat Bucknell and Saint Joseph's to take 25th of 47 while the second boat grabbed 40th.

"All in all, it was a great event for the team. The freshmen were finally exposed to team racing on a grand scale -- the largest one day fall race in the country," said Ramirez. "They performed admirably on the water and off, representing the team and the school very well. With another few months of technique polishing and the brutal fitness training of the winter, Loyola will be quite dangerous to many of the experienced crews that we faced at the Head of the Schuylkill."