Rowing Set For Sunday Showdown at MAAC Championships

April 16, 2010

The Loyola men's and women's rowing teams will partake in the 2010 MAAC Championships Sunday, April 25 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Last season, the Greyhounds women's team won their third team title, while the men finished second to Marist. After solid races on both sides the last few weeks, head coach Al Ramirez is encouraged by what he has seen from his crews.

"The women have trained very hard this season and have looked good in recent weeks, but they will face several formidable and consistent opponents this weekend that have beaten us in the past, and have the athletic depth to do so again if we are not at the absolute top of our game," said Ramirez.

Leading the pack for the women may be the lightweight 4 who took the gold at the Knecht Cup and were victorious at last year's MAAC Championship. Looking to defend last year's title in that boat will be coxswain Katherine Griffin, Daisy Carter at the stroke, Elizabeth Staub, Kimberly Winiarczyk and Catriona Miller. "The lightweight 4 looks to defend its conference title and have shown to be very competitive and we hope to see them successful at the regatta.

The Varsity 8 took second to Marist last season, but Ramirez says that "If everything goes well, the crew has the potential to win the event for the first time in five years. Although Marist has been the most successful in the event recently, we hope to give them a run for their money." Representing the Greyhounds in the event are coxswain Katherine Griffin, Kelly McDermott at the stroke, captain Sheila Marsicovetere, Daisy Carter, Leslie Ann Perez, Catriona Miller, Meghan Fregeau, Kimberly Winiarczyk and Elizabeth Staub.

Despite featuring two lightweights in an open weight race, the Varsity 4 of coxswain Katherine Griffin, Kelly McDermott, Sheila Marsicovetere, Daisy Carter and Elizabeth Staub possess enough talent and competitive drive to challenge for a victory after winning the event last season.

The Novice women have talent and have raced well in recent weeks as well. The Novice 8 proved very competitive at the Knecht Cup last weekend and hope to be sharp enough to ace their best when it matters most. The Novice 4 also did a great job at the Knecht Cup and the coaching staff, especially assistants Elliott Lane, Nicole Cavanagh and Karen Pfarr, hope to see them put together an aggressive race to prove themselves at the conference level.

Racing in the Women's Novice 8 are coxswain Lauren Walsh, Emily Ehmann at the stroke, Alex Spark, Kathleen Murphy, Susan O'Rourke, Erin Mulhern, Kelsey Rohman, Alexandra Brozyna and Kimberly Seckler. In the 4-boat will be coxswain Lauren Walsh, Kimberly Seckler, Alex Spark, Emily Ehmann and Kathleen Murphy.

"The men have faced numerous challenges this week and have been unable to train its top boats, but our intrasquad 4 races have given us some new ideas on how we might be successful," commented Ramirez. "We've been faster and better each race so far and are still developing."

After winning the Varsity 8 for the first time in team history last season, the men will do everything in its power to place in the top two again this season. The 8 will feature coxswain Thomas Quinn, Jordan Mastera in the stroke, Ryan Walsh, Michael Faust, Marc Hesse, Nick Miano, Josh Tarini, Maciej Owsianny and Christopher Golon.

The Varsity 4 has been reworking its lineups the last few weeks looking for the correct combination to challenge for a victory after last year's second place finish. The staff believes they have found that combo with coxswain Thomas Quinn, Jordan Mastera, Marc Hesse, Maciej Owsianny and Ryan Walsh. Strong finishes by Iona and Marist in recent weeks will pose a daunting challenge for the Greyhounds.

After last week's equipment failure in the Lightweight 4 at the Knecht Cup, the Greyhounds did not finish as high as expected with a loss of approximately 12 seconds. However, the grouping of coxswain Steven Bitondo, Josh Tarini in the stroke, Kyle Jones, Christopher Golon and Daniel Keenan hope to avenge that mishap against Iona's proven speed in the event.

Following the MAAC Championships, the Greyhounds will move onto postseason racing with the Mid-Atlantic College Crew Championships Sunday, May 2 on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax, Va, and the Dad Vails Regatta in Philadelphia May 7 and 8th