Loyola Dedicates, Blesses Two Sculls For Rowing Team

Sept. 14, 2013

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., christened two racing shells for the Greyhounds rowing program on Saturday night at halftime of the men's soccer game, celebrating the start to a new era for the team.

"The addition of these two shells will greatly improve our competitiveness as we enter the new season," said Al Ramirez, Loyola's head rowing coach. " We are hoping to use the shells to build momentum and motivate both current rowers, as well as attract new prospects to the program. This is definitely a step in the right direction as more rowing alumni and families are supporting and believing in the program."

As a result of the support from families of two rowing alumni, Loyola purchased two Vespoli M2 eight shells, one for the Greyhound men and one for the women.

At Saturday night's ceremony, Fr. Linnane christened the women's shell "Strike for Victory." The shell was donated by Tim and Paula Sweeney, parents of recent rowing alumna Kathleen Sweeney '13.

The men's shell, christened "Robert W. Brown, P'07", was supported by Nancy Viano Brown, and named in memory of her late husband. The Browns are the parents of former rower Douglas Brown '07.

The last shell christening occurred in 2003, when Loyola christened a shell in memory of the Greyhounds' late women's lacrosse coach Diane Geppi-Aikens.