Rowing Opens Spring at 11th Annual Jesuit Invitational

March 19, 2010

After training in Tampa for a pair of ten-day sessions over the winter, the Loyola rowing team opens its spring season this weekend in Cherry Hill, N.J. when they compete in the 11th annual Jesuit Invitational. Also competing for the Cannonball Trophy are MAAC rival Fairfield, Saint Joseph's and Boston College.

The regatta will be raced on the Cooper River. Click here for directions.

Last spring, the women's rowing team won the MAAC Championship and the men finished as the runner up. On the men's side at MAAC's, the Varsity 8 defeated Marist for the first time in the history of the Loyola rowing program.

At last year's Jesuit Invitational, Loyola won the men's and women's varsity four, while the women's novice four was also victorious.

Schedule of Events:
11:30 am - Women's Freshman 4
11:42 am - Men's Freshman 4
11:54 am - Men's Varsity 4
12:06 pm - Women's Varsity 4
12:18 pm - Men's Freshman 8
12:30 pm - Women's Freshman 8
12:42 pm - Women's 2nd Varsity 8
12:54 pm - Men's Varsity 8
1:06 pm - Women's Varsity 8

About the Cannonball Trophy (courtesy of Saint Joseph's Athletics)

In 1521, Saint Ignatius Loyola had his right leg shattered by a cannonball in an attempt to defend the Spanish border fortress of Pamplona against French artillery. His French captors, impressed by Ignatius' courage, carried him to his family's home at Loyola. During his convalescence, Ignatius read the only books that were available to him - religious books on Christ and the lives of the saints. These books, and the isolation of the recovery period, brought about his conversion that led to the founding of the Jesuits. In effect, this cannonball was the impetus for the Jesuit order.

The Cannonball Trophy serves as a reminder that all good things start with pain. The glory of winning is only possible by withstanding the mental and physical pain of the 2000m race course. The trophy is awarded to the school with the highest combined points from today's racing. The Cannonball Trophy is a traveling trophy which the winner returns each year. The winning team receives a small cannonball that is theirs to keep as a reminder on their championship performance.