The Mobjack Rowing Association’s summer competitive racing program tested its first month of training with a trip to the Independence Day Regatta held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. This regatta, established and running since 1880, ran July 5-7, and had 93 other rowing clubs from 5 countries fielding over 1,000 entries.
The Mobjack team, with more than two-thirds under the age of 16, entered 23 races, made finals in eight, and brought home a first and a silver.
Two men’s junior (up to 18 years old) doubles and a men’s junior 16 (under 16) double raced in a time trial. Out of the three men’s novice singles entered, Bryan Stewart and Kyle Moran raced in finals, and Moran took third. The men’s junior 16 four of Russell Simpson, Aaron Parr, Taylor Dough, Lance South and coxswain Meagan Martin placed third in a heat, with only two advancing to finals. Stepping into the men’s junior 18-year-old four event, Simpson and Parr joined forces with Tucker Blackwell, Phillip Machen and coxswain Brandon Smith to qualify with the second fastest time in time trials, a first in the semis and a silver finish in the finals, pulling a 6:59 behind winner Penn Athletic Club.
Mobjack also entered Blackwell and Machen in the men’s intermediate pair (19-27 age group) where they made it to finals and placed fifth overall.