Nov. 13, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Loyola University Maryland crew team competed in seven races at the Frostbite Regatta as the Greyhounds began a full slate of weekend events. A mixture of novice and varsity races gave Loyola a chance to compete against regional rivals.
"Everyone felt good about the day," said Head Coach Al Ramriez. "This was our first chance to row against mid-Atlantic opponents like Drexel and La Salle and think I we looked pretty good."
The Greyhounds then took on the College Women Four, placing fourth. The craft of Kimberly Chambers, Brenna Bourie, Sarah La Barth and Kayla Donohue finished only four-tenths of second behind third-place Drexel and less than seven seconds behind second-place West Virginia, while outpacing Lafayette and George Mason.
"The women were pretty happy," said Ramirez of the novice boat. "It was good showing and they have room for technical improvement."
A pair of fifth-place finishes in the College Women Eight and College Men Eight offered experience for the Loyola novices in the next two races. The men's boat finished only five and a half seconds behind fourth-place Stony Brook as the craft looked to close the gap. Jordan Buff served as coxswain for the men's boat of Tom Gasbarro, Ryan Masotti, Joe Deraville, Alexander Duff, Andres Rodriguez, Doug D'Angelo, Andre Estrada and Gary Sanguinetti.
The Greyhounds turned in an impressive performance in the College Men Four. The boat held off competitors UMBC and Lehigh to finish third behind La Salle and Rutgers. Another Loyola boat in the College Men Four placed sixth. Kimberly Winiarczyk served as coxswain for a craft of Tarini, Mastera, Sean Baker and Thomas Kelly.
"They kept a decent pace," said Ramirez. "We're going to keep trying to improve the last-quarter of the race, committing to the race a little bit harder."
A College Women Varsity Eight race wrapped the day and gave Loyola a chance to finish on a high note. The Greyhounds entered a craft of Lauren Walsh at coxswain and a crew of Winiarczyk, Leslie Ann Perez, Andrea Hartman, Margaret Ajello, Susan O'Rourke, Erin Mulhern, Kimberly Seckler, and Julianne Roccuzzo. The boat kept up a solid pace and finished third out of six entries, holding off a hard-charging La Salle boat while coming just four seconds behind second-place Binghamton. The team also finished ahead of Penn State and Scranton.
"That was a great race," Ramirez said about Loyola's pressure on George Mason while Mason and Binghamton battled for the lead. "They rowed a lot better together than they have been and they said it felt so much better than practice on Thursday, so that's a good sign."
The Greyhounds stay on the same--albeit shortened--course for the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta tomorrow in Philadelphia. Click here to view full results of both the Frostbite and Bill Braxton regattas.