MAAC Championship Preview: Crew Teams Carrying Momentum Into Sunday's Marquee Event

April 16, 2009

BALTIMORE - After an impressive showing their last time out at the Knecht Regatta, the Loyola College crew teams hopes the experience will result in a stellar outing on Sunday, when they participate in their marquee event of the season: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships.

The regatta will take place at the Mercer Lake Rowing Facility in West Windsor, N.J. The day before, the rowing Hounds will send a light group to the Johns Hopkins Invitational for a final tuneup.

Loyola will compete in all 16 events at the MAAC Championship, which begins at 10 a.m. The Greyhounds will face four other teams from the conference who field crew teams: Fairfield, Iona, Manchester and Marist. Sacred Heart will also compete in events, but is not eligible to win the overall tournament.

It has been since 2005 since the Greyhounds last won the event, but their coach sounded optimistic of his team's chances.

"The team is pretty pumped up for this Championship," said Head Coach Al Ramirez. "We are coming off a very good showing. While we don't have the depth of some of the other teams, we will make a very strong push throughout the day."

In last year's tournament, the men took third place and the women fifth. In five events, the men fell short to Marist, which won both team titles. On the women's side, the Greyhounds took second in the Varsity 8s , the 2V8 and the women's pair.

The Greyhounds are coming off one of their most productive regattas of the spring at last weekend's Knecht Cup, where they won a gold medal, a bronze medal, four grand final berths and two petite final berths.

The women's novice 4 picked up a big win, besting second-place Tulsa by over eight seconds. They were nominated for r2k's `Team of the Week' for their efforts. The men took second-place finishes in the Men's Varsity 4 to Mercyhurst, and in the headline event of the day, the men's varsity 8, to Lehigh.

On Saturday, the Greyhounds will compete in the annual Johns Hopkins Invitational for a last-minute prep for the championships. The event takes place in Baltimore's Patapsco River across from the Hanover Street Bridge.

Click here for full information on the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rowing Championship.