Youth rowers from Gloucester and Mathews, representing Mobjack Rowing Association, traveled to Philadelphia Saturday to race in the Philadelphia Youth Regatta held on the Schuylkill River.
The regatta hosted 30 teams and clubs for a day of 30 different girls’ and boys’ events. Mobjack had 14 entries, netting 11 finishes in finals, bringing home three golds, two silvers, two bronzes, two fourths, two fifths and two sixth-place finishes.
On the girls’ side, Elizabeth Keane, Elena Arsenovic, Gabby Lauer, Hanna Beverage and coxswain Ducky Rondeau took the silver in the Girl’s Junior 16 Coxed Four and then took fourth in the Junior 18 finals, after exchanging Kristen Hickman for Beverage and Maureen Divelbiss for Rondeau. Junior 16 Double finalists Ashley Silvus and Chelsea Jones raced three eliminations to make their final. Rondeau finished the girls’ events by taking fourth in the 500 Meter Single Dash.
The boys team had good success in the Junior 16 events placing first (Andrew Merz, Cole Johnson, Stonewall Hickman, Zach Payne and cox Earl Hendrix) and second (Phillip Machen, Austin Farina, Jeremy Frush, Jacob Cheatham and cox Bobby Mielnik) in the Boys Junior 16 Coxed Four Finals, ahead of Fairmount, Saratoga, Pennsylvania Barge Club, and New York Rowing Association.
The boys then combined in the Junior 16 Eight with cox Hendrix taking another gold ahead of Fairmont and Saratoga. Veteran racers Matt Thomas and Carson Towne competed in a large field of Junior 18 Doubles making their final, taking fifth in a tight race. Thomas and Towne then raced the Boys Single 500 Meter Dash taking gold and bronze respectively.
Zach Shields pulled his way to the finals through a field of sixteen Boys Junior 18 Singles to take sixth and then took home a bronze in a fast flight of the Boys Single 500 Meter Dash. Novices Hendrix, Cheatham, Mielnik and Trevor Thomas raced in the Boys Novice Quad, taking fifth behind NYRA, Saratoga and two Crescent boats.
Another part of the Youth Regatta is the "Bennie Point Trophy" (named for Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin) which assigns points to each team based on the success of their entries. Mobjack took third out of 30 in the points race with large teams Saratoga and Fairmount taking first and second.
"Most of the team is very young and has learned a lot this summer," said Mobjack coach Will Foster. "They are beginning to see the commitment and training level that is required to be successful in national racing."