Ann Arbor walked out on the dock, raised its oar to the sky and shouted for all to hear – and see. Dillon State Park in Nashport, Ohio hosted the annual Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship that featured some of the top rowing teams in the Midwest and the three Ann Arbor schools not only held their own but held three of the top six spots when the final boats crossed the finish line.
The event featured 49 clubs from eight states that together entered 533 boats in this two-day series of time trials, semifinals and final competitions on May 11-12.
New Trier grabbed first place with a total of 479 points. The Chicago area team had the highest number of entries (23) and finished with 272 points from the women and 207 from the men. They had 16 gold medals on the day.
Skyline rowed to an impressive second place with 199 points during the weekend – 123 from the women; 76 from the men. The Eagles had six gold medals, five silvers and one bronze.
Huron took the fifth spot in the competitive field. The River Rats totaled 107 points from their 11 entries. They took two gold medals and four silver medals.
Pioneer finished in sixth place, just three points behind Huron. They had two gold medals, one silver and three bronze.
Teams raced in preliminary qualifying time trials on Saturday morning with the fastest dozen boats advancing to the afternoon semifinals.
The race course consisted of a 1,500-meter sprint along the western edge of the 1,560-acre Dillon Lake Reservoir.
Conditions on Saturday were sunny and bright—beach weather—starting with 48 degrees Fahrenheit in Nashport around 8:15 a.m. and increasing to 68 degrees in the afternoon. Morning winds began rather mild from the northeast at 5 mph, increasing to 11 mph from the east/northeast around 9:15 a.m. and decreasing again to 6 mph from the northeast later in the day. Visibility was good.
Rain on Saturday night brought Sunday morning mud puddles. Cool temps and full cloud cover meant knit caps, down jackets, and mud boots among the many onlookers.
The temperature was 49 degrees Fahrenheit at 9 a.m. on Sunday with winds from the north at 5 mph. By noon, when the final races concluded, the temperature was 53 degrees, with winds from the west/northwest at 4 mph.
Women’s HS Varsity pair – 2nd – Silver H. Campain/S. Ring
Men’s HS light-weight 4+ – 2nd Silver W.Harrison (cox) O. Sayer, N. Flott, J. Reed, B. MacBride
Men’s HS second varsity 4+– 1st (photo finish!!) Gold D. Benkes-Toth (cox), A. Briegel, B. Moskus, I. Pastula, C. VanAlstine
Women’s HS Novice 4+ – 2nd Silver A. Cao, S. Basal, K. Meade, C. McCullough, A. Redissi
Women’s HS Junior 4 + – 2nd Silver S. Chan (cox), S. Ring, H. Campain, S. Tice, L. Massie
Men’s petite grand finale 8+ – 3rd M. Rustia, A. Campain, R. Schulte, A. Briegel, N. Zochowski, B. Moskus, G. Fingar-Myers, I. Pastula, C. VanAlstine
Huron will be taking three boats to nationals next weekend. Good luck to the River Rats!
Additional rowers from Ann Arbor also competed last weekend in Ohio. Claire Miech and Frances Beedon, who both attend Greenhills took first place in the HS Varsity 2X. The gold-medal winners also will compete next weekend at Nationals.
They also finished third in the varsity pair.
Cathy Mizgerd, Leigh Ann Koepp, Francine Romine and Kit Bennett contributed to this story.