Tiger Navy gets 5 gold

WYANDOTTE, Mich. – Marietta High’s crews enjoyed a productive outing at the Wy-Hi Regatta on the Detroit River in Michigan Saturday.

The Tiger Navy won five gold medals, two silver, and two bronze, as the boys’ and girls’ teams combined for an 82-12 record.

Earning third place overall, the Joe Tewkesbury-coached MHS girls’ crew captured the points trophy, while Forest Hills Central claimed the boys’ hardware.

With moderate crosswinds and choppy water, which was particularly strong at the starting line, MHS faced 15 teams from Michigan.

Marietta’s girls’ novice 8 finished the regular season with a rare undefeated record. In its first final of the competition, it outrowed the field to win a gold.

Not to be undone, the girls’ novice lightweight 4 also got a hard-fought gold in its event.

The girls’ junior 8, rowing at 40-plus strokes a minute through the last 500 meters, went bow-to-bow with Grosse Ile to the line to take a silver. The MHS girls’ lightweight 4 earned a bronze medal in rough water, while the junior 4 rowed to a fourth place finish.

Scratches by two opponents left the Marietta’s girls’ varsity lightweight 8 with no race. So, the Lady Tiger shell was placed in the heavyweight varsity event. A very determined crew took to the water with four of the girls having to hot-seat from a four into the eight. Pressed early, the MHS lights battled its way on the course, opened up a lead with 500 to go, and was the class of the field as it rowed its best race of the season to win a gold and finish the regular season with an unblemished mark on the water.

On the Marietta boys’ side, the junior 4 captured a gold in its final in a very competitive race, and the novice 4, rowing its best race of the spring, also brought home a gold. The varsity 4 rowed to a fourth in its final.

The Tiger Navy is scheduled to compete in the Midwest Scholastic Championship Regatta (MSRA) at Dillon State Park, near Zanesville, this upcoming weekend against the top rowing schools from Ohio and 11 surrounding states.

At stake will be a berth and an invitation to the SRAA National Championship Regatta.