Rowing Finishes First Of Two Days On Mercer Lake At Frostbite Regatta
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Frostbite Regatta lived up to its name Saturday as the Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s rowing teams braved chilly temperatures during the competition at Mercer Lake.
The top men’s and women’s varsity four entries both logged second-place finishes, leading the Greyhounds at the competition.
Loyola’s women’s four ‘A’ entry – Janae Banner, Natasha Murray, Mia Gioia, Natasha Lobo and coxswain Keenan Gibbons – had the second-fastest time (8:14.17) out of 12 entries in the race at the Frostbite. The Greyhounds rowed with a boat flipped to a starboard-stroked rigging on Saturday.
On the men’s side, the Greyhounds crew – Sean Mollahan, Peter McGuigan, Ryan Brown, JP Dougherty and coxswain Gianni Feliciano – jumped out to a lead in its heat at the 750-meter mark and ended up with the fifth-best time out of 20 boats (7:21.04).
The women’s varsity eight – Maureen Frauenheim, Rhys Schueren, Maggie Knies, Banner, Katherine Fletcher, Meaghan Kaiser, Natasha Murray, Mia Gioia and Gibbons – engaged in a tight battle with a boat from Lafayette down the course and was edged by the Leopards’ boat by four-tenths of a second (7:33.32).
“The W1V8+ fought neck and neck down the course with Lafayette and was taken at the line by .4 seconds,” said Head Coach Megan Patrick. “That .4 will give us a lot to think about when we’re training this winter—keeping the team hungry for speed.”
Loyola’s men’s varsity eight – Mollahan, Dougherty, Brown, Mcguigan, Gabe Rubio, Ramiro Morales, Christopher Kaloudis, Paul Tomaszenski and coxswain Zachary Pepper – led the field through the first 250 meters of its heat before being passed by Temple, Delaware and Drexel to take fourth (6:44.52).
“This shows we have the power and the speed to compete,” said Patrick. “They stayed with Drexel and Delaware to the 500m, then Delaware and Drexel put in a series of moves and pushed away. We rowed fairly clean the rest of the race and now we have all winter to work on our endurance.”
Loyola’s women raced in a pairs event for the first time this year, as Fletcher and Frauenheim took sixth in their heat (9:18.36).
The Greyhounds had two other entries in the women’s four event. The ‘B’ team – Maggie Knies, Amanda Merlino, Emma Jantzen, Gabrielle Teoli and coxswain Maeve Ponticiello – was second in its heat (8:36.60), while the ‘C’ entry – Schueren, Kaiser, Mansour, Bailey Jaronski and coxswain Sarah Ng – crossed the line in fourth (8:52.14).
The Greyhounds will be back on Mercer Lake Sunday for the Bill Braxton Regatta.