The Mathews High School crew and its parent volunteer group hosted 18 other high school rowing teams Saturday at Williams Wharf for the 26th annual Mathews High School Crew Regatta.
The day dawned with fair skies, light winds and pleasant temperatures that combined to help make a most successful and well run regatta with an estimated crowd of over 3,000 people. Mathews had a good day, entering 22 races and netting 18 medal results, including nine first-place ribbons, two seconds and seven third-place finishes.
The men’s team also won the 2014 William F. Owens Point Trophy with a 68.8 percent efficiency rating, followed by First Colonial (58.8 percent) and Great Bridge at 55.3 percent. For the Catharine K. Owens Women’s Point Trophy, Hickory’s ladies turned in a 60 percent efficiency score, followed closely by Great Bridge (59.2 percent) and James River with 55.9 percent.
The Blue Devils’ men’s varsity four, raced by Phillip Machen, Kyle Moran, Tucker Blackwell, Lance South and coxswain Kaitlyn Thompson, started a blue-ribbon streak, winning easily with a time of 5:15, the fastest time of all three heats. These boys also made up various combinations to win the men’s quad and double, with Machen and Blackwell each winning different flights of the men’s single events.
The foursome also combined with cox Brandon Smith and novices Alec Thompson, Josh Miles, Caleb Johnson and Zach Cummings to race to a bronze finish in the men’s varsity eight. The novice boys also won the men’s novice four event with cox Maddy Hobert, took fourth in the men’s lightweight four with cox Alyssa Curko, and took fourth in the junior four event replacing Jared Reay for Johnson and Curko for cox Hobert. In other events, Gus Bauby and Bill Riley won a flight of the men’s double, combined with Alec Thompson and Reay to win a quad event and also took third in the men’s second four with Johnson, Tyler Riley and cox Hobert.