Greyhounds Crew Team Places Well in Two Philly Events

Nov. 10, 2008

Philadelphia, Penn. - The Loyola crew teams rowed in two events on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia over the weekend, racing in the Frostbite Regatta Saturday and in the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta on Sunday. They marked the first sprint races of the Fall season for the Greyhounds.

The Men's Varsity Eights headlined a very strong weekend for Loyola. On Sunday at the Bill Braxton Regatta, the team finished third in a very heavy field. The Greyhounds finished just four-seconds behind winners Temple and 1.3 seconds to second-place Ithica. Loyola also beat tradition-rich Drexel by 1.8 seconds in the race, and edged out Colgate, as well, with a time of 4:35.62.

At the Frostbite on Saturday, the team placed second in the event, finishing seven seconds behind Ithica at 6:21.02. Loyola would close the gap between them and Ithica to just under two seconds on Sunday though, at the Braxton.

The Men's Varsity Four raced two boats on Saturday at the Frostbite, with both crews bringing first-place honors back to Evergreen. The "A" Boat, headed by Thomas Quinn and Devin Marsicovetere, beat out crews from Temple, Marietta, Delaware and St. Joe's, with a time of 7:12.69.

Loyola's "B" Boat got first at the Frostbite at 7:32.06, beating out Temple's B Boat, Ithica College and Penn State. The boat was stroked by Jack Pitanovech, and Genevieve Dalton patrolled as coxswain.

The Men's Novice Eights picked up some key results in their first sprint races of their career. On Sunday, the Loyola boat, stroked by Kyle Mannheimer, beat Colgate and Stony Brook Colleges en route to a fourth-place finish. The team got fourth on Saturday as well, beating out the top boats from Penn State and Lafayette College, respectively.

The women's Varsity Eight took home a pair of fourth-place finishes in the two events.

"Even though they got the same result, Sunday was a much cleaner race for the girls,"Head Coach Al Ramirez said."They worked much better against some tougher competition."

The women's Novice Eight took home first-place honors on Saturday at the Frostbite. The Loyola boat, stroked by Julianne Roccuzzo and coxsed by Liz Berry, won with a time of 8:19, beating out teams from St. Joe's, Temple and Drexel. The group finished third on Sunday at the Braxton.

At the Frostbite on Saturday, the women's Varsity Four got second place despite a couple of key injuries to the team with a time of 8:46.40. Ramirez said that Olivia Duckworth, who rowed in the event, raced in numerous over the weekend despite a stress fracture in her foot.

The men's Lightweight Varsity Eight picked up third on Sunday. The boat was stroked by Manheimer. Ramirez added that the group finished ahead of Lafayette despite containing five inexperienced freshmen in their boat.