POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men's and women's crew programs have announced their racing schedules for the fall of 2013. The slate consists of four events, with the women racing in three competitions and the men competing in two.

“The men’s and women’s programs are very excited to be back on the water,” Marist Director of Rowing and women’s head coach Tom Sanford said. “We have gotten off to the best start in recent memory. Our returning athletes have come back fit and ready to face the rigors of preparing for our fall racing season. Our excellent turnout of walk-ons and recruits will make for a highly competitive environment as people vie for seats in the crews that will be racing. The women are particularly excited to have received a bid in the Club Four event at the Head of the Charles in October. The inaugural Army Head race will provide an excellent racing opportunity which will enhance our preparation for the Head of the Charles.”

The women's squad will kick off the fall on Saturday, Oct. 5 with a race at Army. Last year, Marist twice raced against the Black Knights, once at home and once at West Point. In last fall’s Poughkeepsie Regatta at Marist's Historic Cornell Boathouse at Longview Park, both of Marist’s men’s and women’s teams finished ahead of Army. At the annual President’s Cup race, held at West Point last spring, Marist won a combined nine of 11 races.

Two weeks later both Marist programs will travel to Boston for the renowned Head of the Charles regatta on the weekend of Oct. 19-20. The women will race on Saturday while the men will take to the water on Sunday. Last year, the men’s had one of its best finishes at this event in recent history as the Varsity Eight boat placed 17th in a time of 16:28.918.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, both teams will make the short trip to Saratoga Springs for the Head of the Fish regatta. In 2012, the men’s B squad in the Varsity Four race took first place overall while the “A” boat finished fourth. Additionally, Max Kenny (Toms River, N.J.) finished second in the Men's Collegiate Singles race.

The Red Foxes will complete their fall schedule when the women’s squad to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Iona for the Iona Fall Metro on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Marist men’s team is coming off of a 2013 campaign in which it claimed its 12th straight MAAC Championship, winning the final three races to surge past Jacksonville for a narrow 150-149 victory. The Marist Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight boats both earned postseason All-MAAC Rowing Awards and Lavin was named the MAAC Men’s Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm. Over the summer, senior coxswain Chris Leonard (White Plains, N.Y.) competed for Team USA at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

The Marist women had a historic 2012-13 season as the Red Foxes won their 10th MAAC Championships back in April, and first since 2008, earning the conference’s first automatic qualification to the NCAA Rowing Championships. It was the first time in program history that Marist reached the NCAA Championships, and first time any team from the MAAC has qualified.

"I am excited about our fall schedule," Lavin said. "It gives us time to train and develop while giving us ample opportunity to test ourselves against high level competition."

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