Crews Complete Fall Schedule With Four First-Place Finishes

Nov. 9, 2014

PHILADELPHIA - The Loyola University Maryland rowing teams finished the fall season with four crews taking first at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta Sunday on Mercer Lake.

"It was good to have such competitive results today," head coach Al Ramirez said. "We will build off this momentum as we move into winter break. I look forward to a strong 2k racing crew in the spring."

For the third-straight race, the men's lightweight four continued to show strong, taking first out of six boats with a time of 7:00.98.

Both the women's novice four and women's novice eight took first, finishing 8:14.46 and 8:08.86, respectively.

"The freshmen novice rowers showed great promise today, winning with large margins in the women's boats," Ramirez said. "The men also rowed very strong and tactical races in the fours."

Christopher Taylor, Austin Drexel, David Dukenik, Victor Santiago and coxswain Serena Rivera took first in the men's novice four race, outing crews from Penn State, Binghamton, Stony Brook and Scranton. The Greyhounds crossed the finish line in 7:14.44. Later in the afternoon, the men's novice eight (Dukenik, Taylor, Santiago, Joseph Yacobucci, Nicholas VanValkenburgh, Ryan Brown, Ryan Scott, David Avery and cox Rachel Yuhas) finished fifth, clocking a final race time of 7:15.43.

The varsity crews also found success on Saturday, with all four boats finishing in the top five.

The men's varsity four highlighted the veteran crew performances, finishing second ahead of Patriot League foe, Colgate. Loyola finished in 6:59.98, less than five seconds behind first-place Villanova.

Eleni Papadatos, Sarah Doyle, Lauren Howe, Catherine Seeger, Caroline Carbone, Kristin Wawrzynski, Kelly Gregitis and Melissa Cortes took fourth in the women's varsity eight (7:50.70), while the men's varsity eight (Joe Wawrzynski, Craig Spicer, Robert Moore, Filip Zigic, James McCarron, Theodore Fortier, Bryan Carney, Craig MacAdams and coxswain Patrick Flynn) finished third in 6:29.57.

The men's junior varsity eight finished ahead of Binghamton, taking fourth with a time of 6:49.37.

This weekend's races concluded the fall portion of Loyola's schedule.