Seven MHS boats post wins at home regatta
The Mathews High School crew hosted its second of three home regattas Saturday at Williams Wharf. The rowing team netted much improved results over its first regatta just two weeks before, taking seven gold, two silver and three bronze finishes out of 17 entries.
Highlights of the Blue Devils’ performance started with the men’s varsity four, where Phillip Machen, Kyle Moran, Sam Hutson, Tucker Blackwell and coxswain Brandon Smith recovered from a poor start to pull through Great Bridge-A (GBC 4:47.7) and Gloucester-A (GHS 4:52.2) for a first-place finish (4:42.5) with River City Crew (RCC) and West Potomac (WePo) finishing out the race.
Bill Riley, Matt Oliver, Gus Bauby, Dominic Cummings and cox Josh Miles, who normally race the Blue Devils’ second men’s four, rowed up in the second flight of the men’s varsity four, finishing third behind winner GBC-B and Christchurch School (CCS) and ahead of GHS-B. Later the second four boys took on Smith in the cox seat for the second four race taking first ahead of RCC, GBC-A, WePo-A, GBC-B, GHS and WePo-B, respectively.
In a very tight race, the boys from both fours launched with Smith for the men’s varsity eight race. GHS held the fight for the lead, but in the final sprint MHS pulled through to within .5 second of GHS’s win and left West Springfield (WS), WePo, and RCC to finish fourth through sixth. In another cliffhanger, Matt Oliver put in a blazing finish in the men’s single to nip RCC by .2 of a second, with CCS finishing .4 of a second later for bronze. Finishing fourth through sixth were GBC, RCC-B, and Bauby as MHS-B. Machen and Blackwell took bronze in the men’s double with Bill Riley and Bauby finishing fifth.
Machen, Blackwell, Riley and Oliver finished men’s varsity events with a first-place finish over CCS, GHS and GBC in the men’s quad.
Lady Blue Devils Madisson Haynes, Taylor Williams, Lilly Thompson, Jamie Robins with cox Miles launched to race the first of the women’s events in the varsity four. After a good start, Thompson had a bad stroke with her leaving GHS-A, WS, GHS-B and WePo to finish ahead with RCC and GBC trailing behind.