Nov. 14, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Greyhound crew teams finished the fall season with a strong effort at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta, which was held in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
"We had a pretty good day today," Coach Al Ramirez said. "We had some strong finishes and showed a lot of improvement to end the fall season."
The men's junior varsity 8 team, led by David Rock , just missed a win by :0.07 and finished second behind Ithaca. "Ithaca was giving us fits all day," Ramirez said. "They always seemed to finish just ahead of us."
Led by junior captain Lauren Opalenski , the women's varsity 8 team won its event, finishing with a time of 5:53.85. The Greyhounds finished ahead of Temple, Drexel, Penn State and Sacred Heart. "It was a great row all the way from the line to the finish," Ramirez commented. "It was a great way for them to finish the fall season."
The men's varsity 8 boat had a strong effort as well, but finished in fourth place behind Marietta, Temple and Ithaca. "We had some technical difficulties with the boat, but the guys really enjoyed the row," Ramirez said. "If everything had been working properly, we thought we could have beaten Ithaca."
The women's varsity four team finished in second place behind Penn State, completing the course in 6:36.70. The Greyhounds were able to finish ahead of Scranton, Franklin and Marshall, St. Mary's and the Loyola B boat, which finished in fourth place. "We had solid races from both crews," Ramirez said.
The men's lightweight 8 boat completed the day's action with a fourth place finish behind Marietta, Drexel and Hiawatha Island. "That boat showed a lot of promise by finishing in fourth," Ramirez said.