Mobjack/MHS crew wins six races at home regatta

- Posted on Apr 10, 2019 - 01:13 PM

Photo: The Mathews High School Women’s Quad (Lillian Copeland, Macy Johnson, Mandy Moran and Olivia Wood, from left) pulls ahead of two Albemarle boats to take gold on Saturday at Williams Wharf.

The Mathews High School Women’s Quad (Lillian Copeland, Macy Johnson, Mandy Moran and Olivia Wood, from left) pulls ahead of two Albemarle boats to take gold on Saturday at Williams Wharf.

The Mobjack Rowing Association and Mathews High School crew hosted the first of three spring regattas at Williams Wharf on Saturday.

Hosting Albemarle, First Colonial, Granby, Grassfield, Great Bridge, Norfolk Collegiate School and Rock Ridge (from Ashland), the small Mathews squad fared well, pulling in six gold, three silver and two bronze finishes in the 21 events that were held. 

The MHS men’s varsity, which consists of only four members, had senior Sean Carlson, freshmen Cole Wheeler and Henry Hospodar, and junior Josh Anthony racing the Men’s Senior Four with coxswain Savannah Hartlove for a silver finish behind Great Bridge. Later in the day Carlson stepped out and novice junior Matt Taylor was moved up to sit with the same boys and Hartlove in a Junior Four entry, resulting in a gold finish. The men’s varsity foursome also pulled a silver finish in the Men’s Quad. Carlson and Wheeler then took fourth out of seven boats in the Men’s Double.

Mobjack racer Zane Musik-Williams fought a close battle with Great Bridge in the Men’s Single with Zane taking the gold finish out of five entries. 

Women’s racing saw MHS varsity girls senior Olivia Wood and freshmen Mandy Moran, Macy Johnson and Lillian Copeland launching with coxswain Samantha Fank, to race to a silver finish out of five entries in the Women’s Senior Four behind a Great Bridge entry.

Later, the foursome combined in the Women’s Quad to take an impressive gold ahead of three Albemarle boats, a Great Bridge and a Granby entry. Moran and Wood also won the Women’s Double ahead of Albemarle and Rock Ridge. Johnson and Copeland took a Bronze finish in the Women’s Lightweight Double. Capping the girls’ varsity competition, Novice Zoe Sawyer was pulled up to the Women’s Junior Four to finish third of five with Moran, Copeland, Johnson and coxswain Hartlove. Moran also had tight racing in the women’s single where she shadowed an Albemarle entry from the start and then sprinted at the end to take gold by 1.4 seconds, with Grassfield taking third.

The novice team’s first racing experience saw coxswain Aiden Sowers call his first race with Ben Stroud, Matt Taylor, Lily Baucom and Jaysen Hall to a gold finish in the Novice Mixed Four. In the Novice Mixed Eight event, Sowers steered Taylor, Hall, Stroud, Nick Bean, Sandra Baer, Matt Morgan, Sawyer and Brittany Holloway-Rich to a second-place finish behind Great Bridge and ahead of NCS and Rock Ridge. Sowers also piloted the Women’s Novice Four with Hailey Burton, Baer, Hall and Sawyer to a sixth-place finish.  

“Our small numbers required our athletes to compete multiple times to field the events we normally enter at home regattas,” coach Tim Ulsaker said. “The results show a good degree of fitness and team discipline to get in, change boats and get back out for the next race. Our novice coach Katelyn James has done a great job preparing first year and JV rowers, and their results show it.”

Mathews travels to Occoquan on Saturday to compete in the Darrell Winslow Regatta. They will run their second Mathews regatta on April 20 at Williams Wharf, beginning at 8:50 a.m. Parking is $10 per car with a shuttle bus running all day.