Rowing Finishes Strong In Last Fall Race

Nov. 12, 2012

COOPER RIVER, N.J. - COOPER RIVER, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland rowing team finished in the top three at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta Saturday, Nov. 10, on the Cooper River in New Jersey. The boats raced in their final regatta of the season, and got a taste of spring competition as they round out 2012.

The 2000-meter sprint was unusual, as a typical fall race runs 5000-meters, and 2000 in the spring.

"The race gave the athletes an exciting preview of the sprint season," said head coach Al Ramirez. "The regatta allowed both rowers and spectators the thrill of close side by side racing. 

The women's varsity eight and four boats finished second, falling to Drexel University and West Virginia University, respectively. The eight boat, consisting of cox Amanda Adsit, stroke Andrea Almeida, Clara Coleman, Kathleen Sweeney, Shannon Connelly, Katherine Connolly, Eleni Papadatos, Theresa Cornell, and Kimberly Seckler, came in less than seven seconds behind the Drexel boat. The varsity four boat beat out collegiate rivals Binghamton, Lehigh, George Mason, and Philadelphia University.

The men's freshman four, lightweight four, and varsity eight, finished third on the Cooper River. Coxswain Patrick Flynn coached the varsity eight boat of Joe Wawrzynski, Michael Blume, Walter Horan, Craig Spicer, Filip Zigic, Brendan Burke, Juan Cadavid, and Bryan Carney to their best finish of the season.

Many Greyhound freshmen experienced their first race, as they competed in the men's and women's novice four boat. The women's four consisted of Ilsen Hernandez, Colleen Zirkle, Lauren Conte, Lynn Dryden, and cox Lindsay Superczynski. On the men's side, the four boat was led by coxswain Flynn, and oared by Joseph Gallagher, James McCarron, Conor Souki, and Adam Garbacz.

"I thought the event was successful as a learning experience," Ramirez said. "Overall the freshmen and sophomore rowers have made positive improvements over the last four weeks, and are eager to become more competitive by mid-march."