Rowing at Occoquan
GHS women’s first four posts another win
By Elizabeth Keane
The Gloucester High School crew sent seven boats to the Regional Park Regatta at Occoquan last weekend and achieved a pair of wins, including another for the undefeated women’s first four.
The GHS first four of Kristen Hickman, Elizabeth Keane, Kendall Worland, Elaina Arsenovic and coxswain Matt Hendrix won their heat in 5:53, posting the second fastest heat time overall behind McLean. In the final, the Gloucester girls pulled a 5:49 to win, 3.4 seconds ahead of the McLean challengers.
The junior four of Hannah Beverage, Katie Ale, Rebeka Turner and Hannah Cagle, with coxswain Kyle Mielnik, were second in their heat but had a slower time in the final and finished fourth in 6:37.2.
On the men’s side, the junior four of Jacob Cheatham, Joel Kidd, Adam Hedrick, Jeremy Frush and Mielnik at coxswain cruised to a win in their race by a 10-second margin. The first four of Logan Hutson, David Collins, Chris Boehm, Kenny Giddings and coxswain John Hogge were second in their race, crossing the line just one second behind Mathews. The GHS men’s novice eight was also second, just behind Madison, while the novice four had a sixth-place showing.
At this stage in the season, the GHS women’s first four and the men’s junior four are both ranked first in the state and the men’s first four is ranked second behind Mathews.
The Gloucester crew heads back to Occoquan for the Al Urquia Regatta on Saturday. From there, the women’s and men’s first fours will head to Camden, N.J., for the 2,000 meter races in the Cooper Cup.
Mathews men’s varsity four remains unbeaten
The Mathews High School men’s varsity four continued its unbeaten streak on Saturday at the Sandy Run Regional Park Regatta at Occoquan.
Rowers Andrew Merz, Phillip Machen, Zach Payne, Cole Johnson and coxswain Trevor Thomas took the blue ribbon in 5:11.3 in a tight straight final where Gloucester continued to challenge, taking second (5:12.9). Woodbridge (5:14), Madison (5:14.8), W.T. Woodson (5:20.1) and Mercyhurst (5:41.9) rounded out the field.
MHS novice boys Adrian Phillips, Dusty Moore, Matt Oliver, Tucker Blackwell and coxswain Tyler Zabel continued to improved this week, taking third (6:09) in the men’s novice four event behind Wakefield (5:58.5) and W.T. Woodson (6:00.7) and ahead of J.E.B. Stuart and Gloucester.
Freshmen Cassie White, Taylor Williams, Madisson Haynes and Chelsea Jones continued to discover the challenges of varsity level racing in the women’s varsity quad. The girls repeated their hold on the fourth fastest position among Northern Virginia quads, although the margin they had behind third place Woodbridge "B" has widened somewhat.