Three Boats Make Season Debuts For Rowing At Head Of The Schuylkill
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland rowing made its team-wide debut Saturday at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta with the Greyhounds competing in both the fours and eights.
The men’s varsity four opened its fall competition with a solid race, placing 18th out of 36 entries in the championship event. The crew of Gabe Rubio, Peter McGuigan, Ryan Brown, JP Dougherty and coxswain Gianni Feliciano crossed the finish line in 16:00.147, edging Temple’s boat by just over a second.
“The women’s four had only rowed together two or three times, and today was the first time out for that combination in the men’s four. Both boats rowed technically well, but lacked some of the race intensity we’re ultimately looking for,” said Head Coach Megan Patrick.
Both Loyola men’s and women’s eights made their season debuts Saturday on the Schuylkill with positive results.
The men’s boat – Gabe Rubio, JP Dougherty, Ryan Brown, Peter McGuigan, Sean Mollahan, Ramiro Morales, Christopher Kaloudis, Paul Tomaszewski and coxswain Zachary Pepper – stroked to a time of 15:12.074 for a 20th out of 38 finish.
Shortly thereafter, the women – Natasha Murray, Janae Banner, Maggie Knies, Amanda Merlino, Katherine Fletcher, Meaghan Kaiser, Natasha Lobo, Mia Gioia and Gibbons – came in 23rd out of 43 with a time of 17:14.334.
“There was a lot more fire and fight in the eights,” Patrick said. “Both the men’s and women’s eights found their stride early in the race and passed several crews. This is a promising start to the season.”
Loyola returns to action next weekend when it heads to Fairfax Station, Virginia, for the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on Saturday, November 4.