MHS Girls Win Silver at States
Mathews High School Rowers traveled to Northern Virginia on Saturday to participate in the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Regatta. This marked the end of a hiatus for the rowers from participating in rowing events on the Occoquan at Sandy Run Regional Park due to COVID mandates. While the athletes were excited about a return to normalcy in the rowing world, they were also preparing to race many teams that they had not seen since the Spring of 2019.
The first race of the day for MHS was the Women’s Junior Double qualifier heat for finals. Rowers Mandy Moran and Scarlet Johnson had a solid row and comfortably qualified for the final in the afternoon. While Moran is a veteran rower, this regatta was Johnson’s first on the Occoquan. In their final Moran and Johnson placed 4th overall in the state with a time of 6:16.9.
Rowing just before the Women’s Junior Double final were Cole Wheeler and Ben Stroud in the Men’s Junior Double Event. Much like Johnson, the state regatta was Stroud’s first race on the Occoquan’s 1,500 meter course. Wheeler and Stroud came in 3rd with a time of 5:50.0; 7 seconds behind Albemarle and 44.8 seconds ahead of 4th place finisher Gar-Field.
The final race of the day included Lillian Copeland, Lily Baucom, Savannah Hartlove, and Macy Johnson in the Women’s Junior Quad. After an unexpected quick start at the beginning of the race, the quad found themselves in 3rd place behind Albemarle. As the race went on the girls found their groove and walked through Albemarle to take silver with a time of 6:22.4.
Coaches Katelyn James and Christina Tomcany, who attended states with the team, felt that this was a solid showing after months of wondering if there would even be regattas for the Spring 2021 season. When asked, Tomcany remarked, “This is a great group of athletes. I am so proud of the fact that we came away from states with a silver, but I am even more proud of the fact that they were so resilient throughout such an uncertain year.”
Most MHS rowers rolled into their summer rowing season with the Mobjack Rowing Association on Monday in order to prepare for the Independence Day Regatta and Philadelphia Youth Regatta at the end of July.