Mobjack Rowing News

Mobjack Running Learn to Row Camps While Other Sports Sidelined

September 16, 2020

Interested in learning to row? Whether you are a seasoned athlete or someone who is new to athletics, learning to row could offer a cross training opportunity to keep fit or be a gateway to a new sport. Use the button below to contact us to secure a space in one of our Learn to Row Camps this fall.

Rowing: A COVID Friendly Sport

July 19, 2020

In a world that has been totally disrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mobjack Rowing is still able to give our Juniors socially distanced practice time on the water. In a strategic move, with the help of our Hudson Racing Shells supplier and board member Matt Muffelman, we were able to procure a large number of singles for use by the team. At this time, Mobjack Rowing most likely has the largest single fleet for use in the state of Virginia. 

This summer, due to USRowing and Virginia guidelines Mobjack felt it was unfeasible to run camps. We still had to make sure that we could effectively coach with COVID measures in place. 

What does this mean? Are you an athlete that cannot play your regular sport due to COVID-19 regulations being handed down through VHSL rulings? Rowing may be a way for you to remain a socially distant, goal setting, strong athlete. 

Follow our Facebook page for any news on Junior rowing opportunities coming up as fall approaches. At this time adult camps and masters rowing is on hold, but we are hoping to train a new group of fast, goal oriented juniors.

Hydrow to film on the East River at Williams Wharf- The Home of Mobjack Rowing

April 30, 2020

Mobjack Rowing Association is excited to announce that the "Peloton of Rowing", Hydrow, will be shooting footage for their members on the East River this weekend!! Many of you familiar with Mobjack's home waterway know what a beautiful setting the surrounding area will be for this footage! Pretty soon, the East River will be known by Hydrow members all over the world! 

You can read more about it by clicking on the link below!

Hall Signs with Clemson University

April 14, 2020

After just a year and a half with Mobjack, Senior Jaysen Hall has signed her Letter of Intent to row at Clemson University!

 

Hall started rowing during her junior year at Mathews High School She placed third in the 16-17 age group at the 2019 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints and second at the 2019 Great Bridge Erg Sprints in Virginia Beach. She capped last season by winning the novice single at the 2019 Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia.

Read more about Hall in the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal.

Great Day for a Young Team at Mid-Atlantics

February 05, 2020

MRA winter rowers traveled to T.C. Williams High School in Arlington, Virginia to compete in one of the largest indoor rowing championships in the area. Mobjack Rowers walked away with many top 10 finishes! Read all about it below!

Mobjack Competes at Great Bridge Erg Pull

January 28, 2020

Mobjack rowers had a great showing at their annual trip to the Great Bridge Erg Invitational in Chesapeake, Virginia. Our top male and female rowers brought home silver medals!

Christmas Eve Row Celebrates 25th Anniversary

January 01, 2020

Almost 50 alum rowers, friends, and family gathered at Williams Wharf on Christmas Eve for our 25th annual Christmas Eve Row! Current and alum rowers combined into 6 boats and rowed a mad dash to the finish line. As always, a complete fun and memorable time was had by all! Click the link below for the Gazette Journal article on the row.

Great Day for the Turkey Trot!

November 30, 2019

This year's Turkey Trot brought out 67 runners, walkers, and bikers ready to have a great morning of exercise before their Thanksgiving dinner! Bobby Beasley from Arlington brought in a first place overall finish and Emma Hudgins of Mathews and Blacksburg, Virginia brought in a first place finish for the ladies. Click the link below for more information!

Mobjack Rowers Participate in Wharf to Wharf Swim

September 19, 2019

Mobjack Rowers took some time out of their Sunday afternoon to help support the Mathews Land Conservancy's efforts to build the Maritime Rowing and Education Center at Williams Wharf. Multiple members of Mobjack Rowing and Alums swam in and aided with setting up and taking down the event. Read more about it by following the link below.

Young Rowers Have Good Showing at Stotes

May 22, 2019

Selected members of the Mathews High School Crew Team made the trek north to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in the 93rd Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta. This year's boats consisted of young athletes who were able to step up and compete with some of the best high school rowers in North America. Click on the link below for the Gazette-Journal article on this year's regatta.

Thanks to Kristi and Michael Anthony for the picture above.

Summer Learn To Row Camp Dates Announced

May 06, 2019

Mobjack Rowing will be offering it's annual Learn to Row summer camp starting June 3rd! Find out more information, the waiver for participating and the Learn to Row Interest Letter by following the link below.

Muffelman '99 and Bridge Robins '05 Inductees

April 15, 2019

So excited to be announcing that two Mathews High School/Mobjack rowers will be inducted into the inaugural Mathews High School Sports Hall of Fame ceremony that takes place in May!!

 

Matt Muffelman '99 was an athlete participating in Cross Country and Crew at MHS. Muff was a member of Mathews High School's historical Men's Varsity 8+ of '98 that earned bronze at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The only Single A public school to do so! After graduating Muff went on to row at Dartmouth during his collegiate years and then went on to row for the US National Team earning gold and silver medals in the World Rowing Championships. This is just a short summary of a very long rowing biography.

 

Allie Bridge Robins '05 competed in Basketball and Crew at MHS. While on the team Robins won medals at national and international regattas. Robins was then recruited by the University of Tulsa and rowed their during her collegiate career. She is now able to share her love of rowing with her 7th and 8th grade PE students at Thomas Hunter Middle school here in Mathews.

Muff and Robins will be inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame on Friday, May 10th at the Harry Ward Auditorium located at Mathews High School.

Read more about the 33 athletes, coaches and athletic supporters being inducted into this year's MHS Hall of Fame!

Mobjack Rowers Win Big at Erg Sprints

February 05, 2019

After a long winter of training, Mobjack Rowers headed to T.C. Williams High School to take part in Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints on Saturday, February 2nd. Around 1,500 competitors were in attendance overall! Mobjack rowers earned multiple medals and were in the top 10% of most events they entered. Asst. Coach Christina Tomcany remarked "I'm really proud of all of our rowers, from 12 years old to 18 years old, who came in each day, ready to work, and ready to give it their best! Mobjack has had a great group of winter rowers and I'm happy that they'll all be sticking around for the spring." For a complete summary of the day's events click the button below.

Mobjack Rowers Medal at Great Bridge Erg Pull

January 31, 2019

On Saturday, January 26th Mobjack Rowers traveled to Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia to compete in this year's Great Bridge Erg Pull. We had a successful day with many rowers placing in the top 5% of their events! Read more about it by clicking the button below.

Sweetheart Brunch

January 22, 2019

Mobjack Rowing is excited to be offering a Sweetheart Brunch at Williams Wharf on Sunday, February 10th! Tickets are available at the Bay School of the Arts on Main Street, Mathews for $25 per person. For more information, click on the link below.

Mobjack Participates in Giving Tuesday 2018

December 01, 2018

In it's sophomore effort participating in Giving Tuesday, Mobjack Rowing Association was able to raise $8,000 online to support rowing on Virginia's Middle Peninsula. This was almost $3,000 more than last year thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, and Mobjack Board Members. When asked about this year's fundraising effort, organizer Christina Pope Tomcany remarked "I feel this year's Giving Tuesday fund drive was a good second year effort. We have such a vast alumni base and many friends who follow us on Facebook and Instagram that we are continuing to grow. I feel that in the coming years, the amount raised can only go up! I am excited for the future of Mobjack Rowing and to find ways that we can work with the Mathews Land Conservancy to get the rowing and maritime education center build!"  

Mark you calendars for Giving Tuesday 2019 taking place on December 3rd.

Turkey Trot a Success!

November 29, 2018

A surprising 73 people braved temperatures in the 30's for the 2nd year in a row at 8:30 am Thanksgiving morning to participate in the 12th annual Mobjack Rowing Association Turkey Trot. Trotters left from the Mathews high school parking lot choosing either running, biking or walking to cover the 4 miles through the courthouse to the finish at Williams Wharf. Continuing his position as oldest participants this year, Richard Browder at 76 was happy with his run, 18 year old Sebastion Knebl, fresh from Marine Boot Camp, was the overall winner and fastest male while 37 year old Cameron Desmond from Washington, D.C. put in the fastest overall Female run with her sister finishing fairly close behind. Several babies in strollers (whose id's weren't available) took their first 4 miler. While most people hailed from Mathews, about 20% came from the Peninsula, Richmond, Fredericksburg and further parts of Virginia. Recognition of long distance traveled to attend went to Trottters hailing from New York, Texas, South Dakota and California.

A pleasant time was had by all with everyone finishing in under an hour and thirty minutes and about 24 grocery bags of non perishable food was collected and delivered to Hands Across Mathews for distribution to the needy. In contrast, organizer and Crew Coach Tim Ulsaker noted "The Blue Talon Bistro also hosted their 12th annual 8:30 am Turkey Trot in Williamsburg with 2,183 participants. Although our Trot in Mathews only started with 7 crew alumnae, 73 participants is fine with me and over a third of them today (including a couple of the original 7!) have rowed in our programs." The MRA looks forward to a surprise float in this year's Christmas Parade and to hosting their 24th Annual 8:30 am Christmas Eve Row at Williams Wharf.

Mobjack Rowers Help Clean Up

November 10, 2018

Mobjack Rowers participated in the Fall 2018 Mathews Roadside Clean Up. Williams Wharf Road was so well taken care of that the rowers decided to clean up Ridgefield Road, across from Williams Wharf Road, also. Mobjack Rowing was the largest group participating in the annual clean up day. For more pics on our Facebook page, click on the link below.

2018's Wharf to Wharf Swim a Success!

September 26, 2018

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made the 2018 Wharf to Wharf swim a huge success! Over $6,000 was raised at this event dedicated to the construction of the Maritime Education and Rowing Complex! Yellow and Orange cap results are listed by clicking the buttons below.

MHS Rowing Featured in WHRO Education NOW!

July 01, 2018

Thomas Hunter Middle School PE Teacher Allie Robins has spent the past year exposing her PE students to the fundamentals of rowing by bringing them down to William's Wharf. She and MHS/Mobjack Head Coach Tim Ulsaker were featured in a recent airing of WHRO Public Television's Education NOW video. 

Rich and Knebl Bring Home Silver at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta

May 25, 2018

            The Mathews high school varsity crew team departed at 6 AM from Williams Wharf last Thursday to travel to Philadelphia to compete in the 92nd annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Sponsored by the Schuylkill Navy, which was Founded in 1858, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta is now claimed to be the oldest (since 1927) and largest high school rowing event in the world. The regatta now hosts almost 200 school teams, that bring close to 6,000 athletes, launching over 900 boats to compete in 31 different boy's and girl's events across two full days of racing with a crowd of up to 35,000 spectators lining the banks of the river. With all of the Stotesbury events requiring trial heats to determine six boat finals, most competitors found themselves facing a minimum of 15 teams in freshman or lightweight events and up to 65 in the junior fours. On average, one can expect to face at least 25 to 35 opponents. Besides the clearly high level of competition from some of the best scholastic rowing programs from the U. S. and Canada, the most impressive performance of this 92nd running was the complete moving of the Regatta from its home base on the Schuylkill river to a course on the Cooper river in Camden, New Jersey, which was the only regatta site large enough to handle an event of this magnitude. High winds, rain storms and unsafe river levels forced the organizing committee to make this bold move 5 days before the running of the event. Many records and amazing performances have been broken or witnessed at the Stotesbury Regatta, but this move to avoid cancelling was a true feat of great effort and logistical cooperation which ended in admirable success.

 

            In order to make it to semi-finals and finals, the Mathews high school crew team had to first go through very windy and rainy 1500 meter time trials on Friday. Mathews women Aileigh Daniel and Rachel Witt competed against 24 other crews in the women’s senior double time trial. Coming in at spot 20, they did not make it to semi-finals. Senior James Raha raced a field of 42 in the men’s senior single coming in sixth in his time trial. On Saturday he competed in his semi-final against Germantown Friends, Sir Winston Churchill of Canada, Hatboro Horsham High School, Oxbridge, and Saint Paul High School. Raha placed fifth missing a chance at finals. Senior Sebastian Knebl and junior Fletcher Rich faced 22 entries in the men's senior double placing 5th overall in the time trial. Advancing to semi-finals, the boys faced the time trial winner E. L. Crossley of St. Catherines, Ontario placing second behind them and ahead of Conestoga of Philadelphia. The three crews advanced to the finals with St Frances, also from St. Catherines, Holy Spirit of N.J., and Malvern Prep from Philadelphia. In the final, power house Crossley won with Mathews pushing the Canadians for 800 meters to take Silver followed by local champions Holy Spirit taking the Bronze.  Malvern Prep, St Francis and Conestoga finished out the final with 2nd through 5th placing within 5 seconds of each other. According to the Blue Devils duo, their final race of the season was the “most intense” racing experience they have ever had. Winning a Stotesbury silver medal right behind E.L. Crossley, a top rated crew from Canada, the men were ecstatic.

Rowers win Gold and Silver at State Championships

May 06, 2018

Mathews High School senior Sebastian Knebl and junior Fletcher Rich captured gold in the men’s senior double, and senior James Raha took silver in the men’s single during Saturday’s Virginia Scholastic Rowing State Championships at Sandy Run Regional Park in Occoquan.

 

This was the second consecutive Saturday of state championship races at Occoquan. The first day, which is held mostly for novice events, ran at the same time as 30th annual Mathews High School Regatta. The day two varsity level regatta consisted of 47 teams making 205 entries for 28 final events.

MHS competed in the men’s and women’s senior double events and the men’s senior single, which required heats to make finals later in the day.

The straight final in the women’s double event had seniors Aileigh Daniel and Rachel Witt race well but miss a bronze medal placing by two tenths of a second behind Albemarle, Western Albemarle and Hylton but ahead of Granby.

Knebl and junior Rich then went on to win the men’s senior double event pulling ahead of Albemarle by a full boat-length, followed by Gloucester, Great Bridge, Hylton and Potomac in an impressive time of 5:01.

In the men’s senior single heats, Raha took first in his heat by almost 20 seconds netting the second fastest time of both heats. Racing later in the finals, Raha slipped to second place falling by 4 seconds to James River and finishing ahead of J.E.B. Stuart, Granby and an A and B entry from Albemarle, respectively.

MHS rowers will be training this week to race this weekend in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, in Philadelphia, which is touted as the world’s oldest and largest high school regatta. There will be 193 clubs coming from the United States and Canada that have made 975 entries to compete for a shot at 35 different girls’ and boys’ six-boat finals.

All three boats that raced at the state championships will race in Philadelphia in events that require time trials, semifinals and finals. 

Thomas Hunter Students Visit with Former National Team Member

April 25, 2018

Hudson Racing Representative Matt Muffelman shared his National Team rowing experiences with Mrs. Allie Robins' PE students at Williams Wharf this past Monday. A 1999 MHS graduate and valedictorian, Muffelman stressed the importance of working hard and how rowing became the driving force of success in his life.

Pictured on the Back Row From Left to Right:
Mrs. Allie Robins, Cameron Dickerson, Henry Hospodar, Matt Muffelman, Miles Maggioncalda, Ethan Hudgins, Ryan Kilpatrick, Lillian Copeland, Macy Johnson, Sarah Ashbaugh, Alexis Ambrose, Alli Mackey, Hunter Buehner, Riley Bell, Coach Tim Ulsaker

Front Row From Left to Right:
Olivia Coons, Greg Hutcheson, Faith Lewis, Zoe Sawyer, Kayla Carr, Abigail Savo, Savanna Forrest, Savannah Smith

Mrs. Robins, Hospodar, Johnson, and Copeland are current Mathews and/or Mobjack rowers. Ethan is the son of Mathews Alum Heather Marshall Hudgins.

Thanks to Allie Bridge Robins for the photo and exposing the students of Thomas Hunter to our sport and to Matt Muffelman for stopping by and sharing your insights!

MRA Brings Home 4 Medals from World Indoor Rowing Championships!

February 24, 2018

Mobjack rowers travel to TC Williams High School in Northern Virginia and come home with 4 medals from WRIC 2018! Pictured above from left to right are Macy Johnson, returning rower Sam Hutson, Henry Hospodar, and Lillian Copeland.

Thomas Hunter Middle Students Learn About Rowing

November 09, 2017

In a collaboration with Mathews County Public Schools and Mobjack Rowing, Physical Education and Health teacher Allie Robins- also a former and current Mobjack Rower, instructs students on how to properly learn the rowing cycle using the Concept 2 Ergometer. 

2017 Wharf to Wharf Swim a Success!

October 05, 2017

Wharf to Wharf swim raises over $10,000 dollars!

Visit from Tim Kaine Staffer

October 03, 2017

Senator Tim Kaine's staff member Rachel Kingery came to Gloucester and Mathews last week to hear from local constituents and organizations as part of the Kaine Connects outreach program. After her Mathews appointments, Kingery visited Williams Wharf to see the Williams Wharf Landing Owens Center project and hear about the environmental education goals and public waterfront access benefits the project will offer. At the end of the appointment, Rachel opted to meet the Mobjack rowing fall racing program and go out on the river and watch part of their daily practice. 

Small World of Mobjack Rowing Gets Smaller

September 02, 2017

Submitted by Tim Ulsaker

30+ Years of Mobjack & Mathews Rowers Make the World Smaller

Coach Tim Ulsaker, founder of the rowing programs for Mathews High School and the Mobjack Rowing Association has recently experienced some interesting news that continued to tie a number of his alumni together as their rowing experience and professions became intertwined. A few weeks before the Mobjack Rowing summer junior competition program left to race at the 135th annual Canadian Henley regatta, Ulsaker received the news that Matt Muffelman, a 1999 valedictorian of MHS and distinguished rower from MHS and MRA rowing programs, had taken a new job with the respected racing shell manufacturer Hudson Boat Works, located in London, Ontario, Canada. Muffelman will be the first to represent Hudson for US based sales and service and is currently Hudson's only US employee.

 

Post high school, Matt went on to row at Dartmouth College and continued a worldwide career of US national team training and racing which included a gold and silver medal performance at two world championship regattas. After some coaching jobs, he took new employment three years ago with Win Tech racing shells to build their southeast and mid atlantic sales network. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Matt helped a lot of high school, club and college programs build their shell and equipment inventories while staying involved with Sarasota-Bradenton's efforts to host the 2017 World rowing championship regatta which will be held there September 24th to October 1st. He will now be attending "Worlds" as a Hudson rep.

 

Ulsaker enjoyed watching Muffelman spend the 8 days of Canadian Henley as a new Hudson employee and had a mini reunion with Jeff Forester, another MHS rower/Valedictorian (1995) who now coaches MIT freshmen in Boston and the summer Riverside Rowing Club performance racing program. Matt has also been invited to coach the US Men's lightweight four that qualified at the 2017 trials to race in Sarasota. The Mobjack world started to become smaller when Hugh Hudson, owner of Hudson Boat works told Matt to supply the US men with a new four which Ulsaker was then asked to load on the MRA trailer and take to Charlottesville where they are currently training. Three summer Mobjack juniors and Ulsaker's wife Mimi helped deliver the new shell to the Rivanna /UVA boat house where Ulsaker then ran into Sarah Healy, another Mobjack-MHS alum who is on the coaching staff for UVA's women. Of the four US men, two had been coached by Jeff Forester and Matt had crossed paths with most of them in other rowing venues. After delivering the shell, Ulsaker's delivery team went to lunch downtown where MRA alumna Whittney Phaup and Laina Arsenovic were working at the restaurant. Ulsaker summed up the recent adventure commenting "30 plus years of young rowers coming through Mathews High School and Mobjack Rowing programs have taught a lot of young people the skills and attitudes of hard work. Many reaped the benefits of now over $10 million in college scholarships or better access to good colleges and have gone on to become successful in a wide variety of businesses and professions. I was, however, most impressed and gratified with how repeating the process of teaching young teenagers how to row and have fun on the water could spread out to touch so many people on such a worldwide scale."

Mobjack Competes in Royal Canadian Henley

August 26, 2017

Article Submitted by Tim Ulsaker

135th Annual Royal Canadian Henley

Henley Island, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Mobjack RA Results

 

The Mobjack Rowing Association's junior summer racing program returned to Mathews from successful racing at the 135th annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, held in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Henley Commission owns the 8 lane site for two past World Rowing Championships and uses it to run the largest rowing regatta held in North America, taking six days to complete with 6 to 8 lane races run on 6 minute centers most of each of the 6 days. Over 2600 athletes, representing 138 rowing clubs, made 2,115 entries. Rowing clubs from all over the US and Canada competed with a record number of visiting crews coming from Spain, Scotland, Mexico, Peru, China, Australia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Argentina, Monaco and England. Ranging in ages 13 to 19, the 15 Mobjack racers had only 4 members that had attended the Henley before.

 

Junior events were categorized by age: U17 for rowers who would not reach their 17th birthday before December 31st, likewise, 19 for U19 and 23 for U23. There were also lightweight, open age senior and elite championship events. The Canadian Henley organizers take great pains to make this championship a purely club and very fair regatta and require photo ID with birthdates to assure that all those racing in age specific events are truly legal. Out of the 23 events MRA entered, the young racers placed in the upper 50% of 9 entries, made semi finals in 6, and finals in the Men's U19 Double event. U17, 19 and 23 events numbered anywhere from 34 to 77 initial entries, all racing to make the 6 boat final. Canadian Henley only awards a gold medal for first place so making finals is even more competitive than most regattas.

 

MRA standouts were James Raha and Sebastian Knebl who made the finals in the Men's U19 double which also put them in the top 3 US doubles in attendance. Katelyn James and Taylor Hummel made semi finals in the U23 Women's double (James 20th birthday is three days from December 31st and Hummel is 17!). James was also 28th of 50 in the U23 single. Raha and Knebl also made semis in the U19 single placing 23rd and 28th respectively out of 76 entries. Knebl, Raha, Zach Cummings, Troy Montcrieff and coxswain Ailiegh Daniel also pulled 24th of 55 in the men's U19 four and then the boys combined in theU19 quad to make semi finals putting them 18th of 48 entries. Another good performance by Knebl put him 7th of 26 in the Senior lightweight single 500 meter dash. Other impressive first timer performances were Olivia Wood and Maddy Polson advancing to semis and placing 18th of 61 in the U17 double and Sean Carlson, who just learned to row this summer, placed 48th of 65 in the men's U17 single.

 

Coach Tim Ulsaker was very impressed with the Mobjack performance commenting "this is one of the most motivated and well behaved groups I have taken to Canada in a number of years. They have improved continually throughout the summer and are showing a strong desire to train hard and return to the 2018 Henley for a second shot at the coveted Henley Gold medal. I look forward to working with them over the coming year." All of the summer Mobjack racers plan to race again this fall and swim in the 2017 11th annual L. Wayne Hudgins Wharf to Wharf swim, held Sunday the 17th of September to benefit the Capital Campaign to complete the Owens Center for Environmental Education and Rowing currently under construction at Williams Wharf.

Boys Junior 4 Makes Their Way to Finals at Stotes

May 24, 2017

Article Submitted by Tim Ulsaker

The Mathews HS Varsity crew team travelled last Thursday to Philadelphia to compete in the 91st annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Held yearly on the Schulkyll River, this national level regatta is known as the largest high school regatta held in North America. The 2017 regatta saw over 5000 athletes make 963 entries from 191 schools from the US and Canada, coming to race for the top three medals in 31 different events. The regatta takes two full days to run starting with time trials Friday morning and some semi finals in the afternoon. Saturday morning has the rest of the semi finals and then six lane finals are run from 1 until 5 in the afternoon. Mathews entered the Women’s Junior Double, the Senior Single and the Senior Four and for their men’s entry, the Men’s Junior Four. Although MHS has a mostly young team, if there is one senior on the boat they must enter the senior event and in the case of the Senior Single, there was no Junior event offered. Junior events can be entered by athletes that are juniors in high school or younger.  

 

Olivia Wood and Mandy Moran were first to race Friday in the Women’s Junior Double. Although they were novices, they managed to place 16th of 27 entries but were not in the top 12 required to advance to the semi finals. The next event for MHS had Sebastian Knebl, Fletcher Rich, Zach Cummings, Landon Hudgins and coxswain Ailiegh Daniels racing in the Men’s Junior Four. Although they were much lighter and younger than a number of the junior four entries, the boys managed to place 6th out of 57 entries and advanced to the semi finals. In the 6 lane semi finals, MHS pulled the second fastest time of all three semis against Governor Simcoe of Canada, who were the top finishers in the time trial, semis and the final. Unfortunately for the MHS boys, they were placed in lane 6 for the finals which is a dead lane current wise and they finished in sixth place, although their time would have put them in second place for the Men’s Senior Four event held later in the afternoon. Following the Men’s Junior Four event, novice Prissy Pelfrey experienced her first attempt at national level racing in the Women’s Senior Single where she placed 24th of 24 entries. In the Women’s Senior Four, Taylor Hummel, Katelyn James, Maddy Polson, Rachel Witt and cox Lily Baucom also saw stiff competition placing 27th of 57 which was not sufficient to advance them to the semi finals. Coach Ulsaker summed up his team’s Stotesbury Regatta performance commenting “ I have brought teams to Stotesbury for over 24 years and while this wasn’t our best performance, I was happy with how this young and inexperienced team conducted themselves and the results they produced. They will all be returning except our one Senior, Katelyn James. We all look forward to training and racing this summer and fall with Mobjack rowing and preparing for next year’s 92nd Stotesbury Regatta and possibly the Canadian National Championships held two weeks later.”

MHS Earns Silver and Bronze at States

May 13, 2017

Article Courtesy of Tim Ulsaker

The Mathews HS Crew traveled early last Saturday to compete in the 2017 Virginia State Rowing Championship Regatta held at the Sandy Run Regional Park in Occoquan, VA. This year’s Championship saw 48 schools competing in 204 entries to make finals and a possible gold, silver or bronze medal in 30 different events for boys and girls. Although the weather had produced heavy rain and cold temperatures Friday, Saturday was mostly overcast and cool with light winds. First to compete for Mathews was Olivia Wood and Mandy Moran in the Women’s Junior Double. Racing in the faster of two heats, the duo qualified for finals with the third fastest overall time. In the finals, Wood and Moran stayed consistent and claimed a Bronze finish for their first experience in State competition.

 

Racing in the Women’s Senior Four event, Taylor Hummel, Katelyn James, Maddy Polson, Rachel Witt and coxswain Lily Baucom improved their performance from two weeks ago to take second in their heat and place fourth out of sixteen entries in the finals. Blue Devils Sebastian Knebl, Fletcher Rich, Zach Cummings, Landon Hudgins and cox Ailiegh Daniel also had good results in the Men’s Senior Four event. After pulling the second fastest time in the heats, the lightweight foursome finished silver (5:49.22) behind a strong T. C. Williams crew (5:47.0) and ahead of Lake Braddock (6:00.25), Stone Bridge (6:04.27), First Colonial (6:16.74) and Mt. Vernon (6:18.74) in the 1500 meter final. The Blue Devils varsity crew will train for national level competition this week in preparation for the Stotesbury Cup Regatta held continuously since 1927 on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA. The regatta is one of the largest in North America, taking two full days to run with time trials and some semi finals held on Friday, May 19th. More semi finals and then finals are held from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, the 20th. This year’s Regatta is showing 979 entries from 193 different schools that will be competing in 31 different events for high school boys and girls.

Katelyn James Signs Letter of Intent

April 20, 2017

Katelyn James, a Senior at Mathews High School is realizing a dream that started as a novice rower for Mathews HS and Mobjack rowing in her 8th grade year. As a highly experienced and well developed senior rower, she has attracted the attention of both Clemson and George Mason University crew coaches. James decided to commit to George Mason. When asked about her opportunity to continue her rowing career at George Mason, James stated "I'm excited to be a part of a team that has that "family feel" and possesses many of the same qualities as Mathews and Mobjack." 

 

James is pictured above listening to some advice and signing her letter with Mathews and Mobjack Head Coach Tim Ulsaker. James is the daughter to Dave and Kathy James.

Crew Coffee Available Online and in Select Mathews and Gloucester Locations

March 19, 2017

"A delicious blend of local business and community good" is happening at the Mathews Visitors Center where the popular specialty Mobjack Crew Brews can now be purchased. Betsy Wampler, a local "Crew Mom" has initiated this Coffee Fundraiser where a percentage of Mobjack Coffee Brews sales goes towards the building of the Mathews Land Conservancy's Owens Environmental Education and Rowing Center at Williams Wharf.  These Crew Brews initially were only available at Betsy's Just-Row online business, but due to popular demand, she has arranged to have them available locally at the Visitor's Center in Mathews as well as Nuttall's General Store in Ware Neck.  This is a wonderful way for the public to participate in this project while enjoying great coffee locally made by the Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters. 

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