All four Loyola boats had strong showings at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s national regatta Friday and Saturday on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, including one which made team history.
The women’s Varsity 1 crew — senior coxswain Jane Harris and seniors Maddie Ball, Jacqueline Bigus, Haley Flanagan, Eleanor Funck, Mary McDermott, Emily Molins, Madeline Quackenbush, Kate Schumacher — won its heat and finished first in the semifinals to advance to the Grand Final, where it placed fourth against national powerhouse programs such as Saratoga and Winter Park.
The men’s Varsity 1 crew narrowly missed advancing to the Grand Final but took ninth out of 30 teams by placing third in the Petite Final. It was the boat’s best finish since 2001. The crew included senior coxswain Blake Bernstein, senior Jack Hare, senior Luis Mendez, senior Peter Schlax, senior Jack Smith, senior Patrick Sullivan, junior Benjamin Dukes and junior Chris Donovan.
After winning its heat and semifinals, the women’s Varsity 2 crew placed second in the finals, the highest finish by that boat. The crew included freshman coxswain Liam Braasch, senior Stephanie Collins, junior Allison Abeles, junior Katherine Carroll, junior Fiona Wardrop, junior Alexandra Petrozzi, sophomore Lauren Hering and sophomore Sophie Molins.
The men’s JV boat qualified for the semifinals, where its season ended. The crew consisted of sophomore coxswain Denny Yoo, junior Patrick Beale-DelVecchio, junior Andrew Locke, sophomore Jack Dietmeier, sophomore Jerry Malloy, sophomore Aidan McCarthy, sophomore Thomas Sullivan and sophomore Ethan Torain.
The women’s Varsity 1 boat has been invited to compete at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships on June 8-10 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.