Prep crew: MHS crew fares well

NASHPORT – Marietta High’s rowers encountered winter-like conditions on the water at Dillon State Park Saturday. Chilly weather with snow flurries and quartering headwinds of 10-15 mpg with higher gusts greeted the Tiger Navy. Competing over the newly installed 1500 meter course, 17 high schools from four states, raced in 44 heats and finals, 10 minutes apart, and finished on time.

Continuing its successful season, the MHS girls lightweight varsity eight stayed undefeated as did the girls novice eight which beat six other crews in the final.

In the novice eight, Marietta led from the start until a mishap in the last 500 meters caused the crew to stop. Picking up the stroke rate, the novice girls rowed past the crews who had passed them to capture the gold medal.

The lightweights had an easier time, handily outrowing Oakland Catholic and Shaker Heights in its final. The junior eight defeated five opponents in its final, but fell to second behind Upper Arlington’s juniors. The novice four, all lightweights, placed third in its event. Both the varsity four and lightweight varsity four advanced to the finals from the heats. The lights rowed to a third in a closely contested final while the V-4 finished fifth.

On the MHS boys side, both the lightweight four and varsity four advanced from heats to finals where the lights raced to a third place in another close contest and the V-4, rowing its best race of the season, also took a third. The novice four finished fourth in its race.

Dillon State Park, located north of Zanesville, will be the site for the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships on May 11-12. Much effort by five high schools has enabled a seven lane, fully buoyed 1,500 meter course to be set up to host the regatta.

Marietta’s next regatta will be the Wy-Hi on the Detroit River at Wyandotte, Michigan on May 4.