MHS and Mobjack Hold 33rd Annual Regatta
The Mathews High School crew and Mobjack Rowing Association hosted their 33rd annual MHS May Regatta this past Saturday at Williams Wharf, on the East River. It would have been the 35th consecutive event but for two years lost to Covid restrictions. The day dawned to beautiful weather and rowing conditions that held steady throughout the six-hour regatta.
The MHS crew of 20 rowers entered 10 of the 24 scheduled events, netting two firsts, four seconds, four thirds, two fourth and four fifth-place finishes. Mathews faced rowers from Forest Park of Fairfax, River City Crew of Richmond, Great Bridge from Chesapeake, Granby from Norfolk, Princess Anne and Catholic high schools from Virginia Beach, and Gloucester High School. Racing highlights for Mathews include first, third, and fourth-place finishes by Lillian Copeland, Lisa Zerbe and Felicity Hargrave, respectively, in the women’s single. Ben Stroud and Jaxon McDonald pulled a gold finish with Matt Morgan and Sam Tomcany taking fourth out of six boats in the men’s varsity double. Fenton Johnson and Calvin Burton edged out teammates Bradley Murphy and Nolan Scheirer for second and third in the five-boat men’s junior double race.
Tomcany, Johnson, Scheirer and Murphy then teamed up to take a silver finish in the four boat men’s quad event. For the women’s double, Copeland and Macy Johnson took second with Sydney Kollar and Scarlet Johnson coming in third in the six-boat event. In a strong men’s varsity four race, Savannah Hartlove coxed Stroud, McDonald, Morgan and Tomcany to a silver finish and Felicity Hargrave coxed novices Alex Slavkovic, Ray Hudgins, Murphy and Scheirer to a fifth-place finish in the five-boat final.
Mathews coach Jon Lothian was pleased with his team’s performance, commenting “we are the smallest team in attendance today and the team did well for having to race multiple events throughout the day.” The MHS crew will be training this week to compete in the Virginia Scholastic State Rowing Championships being held at Sandy Run Regional Park, Occoquan