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.
It was another strong showing for Skyline in a season of strong showings.
“As always with athletics there are highs and lows and I could not be more proud of how our athletes handled both ends of the spectrum this weekend,” said Skyline Coach Kit Bennett. “They understand it is the process that’s important not just a medal around your neck, their commitment to this and their teammates is always wonderful to see. We are excited to see how the team takes their next steps of the season at Nationals in a couple of weeks.”
In the women’s Varsity 2 final, Skyline (H. Ross/S. Soluk) took first place in 6:49.325.
In the men’s Novice 8+, Skyline (A. Gardner) was fifth in 5:40.433.
In the women’s Varsity 1x, Skyline (Olivia Barr) was sixth in 7:26.974.
In the men’s Ltwt 2x, Skyline (O. Derry/W. Siersma) was third in 6:00.267.
In the men’s Junior 2x, Skyline (E. Gibb-Randall/N. Force) was first in 5:41.10.
In the men’s Varsity 2x, Skyline (O. Wang/M. DeBacker) was fifth in 6:04.521.
In the women’s Junior 4x, Skyline (K. Black) was second (6:16.354).
In the women’s Varsity 4x, Skyline (E. Edelstein) was second in 6:11.418.
In the men’s Varsity 1x, Skyline (Vaughn Lahousse) was first in 6:19.870.
In the men’s Varsity 2, Skyline (C. Schrag/A. Leyland) took fifth (6:13.943).
In the women’s Ltwt 2x, Skyline (V. Dudley/R. Howell) took first in 6:41.736.
In the women’s Junior 2x, Skyline (M. Watson/M. Gilbert) took second in 6:41.0.
In the men’s Junior 4x, Skyline (E. Gibb-Randall) was first in 5:16.051.
In the men’s Varsity 4x, Skyline (A. Leyland) was first in 5:13.674.
In the women’s 3rd 8+, Skyline (e. Koselka) was second in 5:54.794.
In the women’s 2nd 8+, Skyline (V. Dudley) was second in 5:51.116.
Cathy Mizgerd, Leigh Ann Koepp, Francine Romine and Kit Bennett contributed to this story.