Crew Teams Head To Virginia For Head of the Ocoquan Regatta

Oct. 31, 2008

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola crew team will set sail Saturday to Fairvax, Va., to row in the Head of the Ocoquan Regatta. The team will send seven boats to the event, which takes place on a windy Ocoquan River in Northern Virginia.

The Greyhounds will race two boats in both the Men's Varsity Eights and the Men's Varsity Fours. The team will also compete in the Men's Frosh Eight and Women's Frosh Eight, and the Women's Collegiate Four will round out the team's participation.

"The course is very windy and it doesn't have a lot of landmarks, which makes it difficult for the coxswain to navigate," Head Coach Al Ramirez said. "We're confident that (our coxswain) know what we're looking for, which is aggressively smart moves.

The Men's Varsity Eights were involved in collisions their last two races, although the team was not penalized for either incident. Ramirez said that the weather for the weekend is supposed to be good, which should make the boats easier for the coxswain to navigate not having to deal with difficult headwinds.

Ramirez said that due to injuries, his Women's Varsity Four lineup will likely be reshuffled.

The Men's Frosh Eight, meanwhile, looks to build on the momentum it gained from last weekend, when it placed second at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Penn.

"We're proud of our novice's results and this course will present another challenge for them," Assistant Coach Elliott Lane said. "It will be nice to get this type of experience this early in the season,"

For more information and a full schedule of the events, click here.