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Rowing Makes Fall Debut Saturday At Prestigious Head Of The Charles

Katherine Fletcher and Mia Gioia (right)
Oct. 19, 2017

Loyola University Maryland rowing will make its 2017-2018 debut on Saturday when the Women’s Four competes in Boston at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta.

Natasha Murray will row in the stroke seat, while Janae Banner and Katherine Fletcher will compete in the three and two seats, respectively. Mia Gioia is slotted to race out of the bow seat, and Keenan Gibbons will serve as the coxswain.

Saturday will also mark the first competition for Loyola’s newly-named head coach, Megan Patrick. The Greyhounds will race in the Club Women’s Four scheduled for 1:57 p.m. on Saturday.

“In the short time I have been at Loyola, I have seen that the five women in this boat have great leadership qualities and competitive spirit,” Patrick said. “They work hard, train with a purpose and are building on the skills that they have already acquired.”

The Head of the Charles originated in 1965 and attracts the best crew teams to Boston each year. More than 11,000 athletes are slated to take part in this year’s regatta.

“The history of the Head of the Charles is long-standing,” Patrick said. “It is in the heart of a great rowing community in Boston, and there will be colleges and clubs of all levels who will be competing. We will have the opportunity to race against top-20 teams, so this is a great event with entries from all over the country.”

More details about the Head of the Charles, including spectator information, can be found here.






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