Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
By Hank Minckiewicz
It took a behemoth like Ann Arbor Huron to knock Riverview out of the top spot at the 41 annual Wyandotte High Schools Rowing Regatta on the riverfront in Wyandotte Saturday.
Racing on smooth, flat water all day long, Class A Huron won the overall title by a mere nine points over much smaller Riverview.
Huron’s 100-plus member team outnumbered the Bucs by more than 2-to-1.
All in all, we performed well,” said Riverview Coach Rich Kesor. “There were a few events in which we didn't perform at our best and let a few races get away from us.
“Ultimately, those lost points meant the difference between winning the cup and finishing second.”
Riverview won three events – Women’s Novice 8, Women’s Varsity Quad and Women’s Novice Lightweight 4 – and also had three boats finish second and three more finish third.
As a team, the Riverview women were second and the men third.
Riverview’s Women's Novice 8 was Norma Lee, Zoe Kissel, Cara Charette, Kate Nelson, Savannah Liveoak, Emily Pisarzewski, Samantha Warren, Courtney Armstrong and coxie Nina Brown.
Riverview’s Women's Lightweight Novice 4 was Norma Lee, Zoe Kissel, Samantha Warren, Courtney Armstrong and coxie Nina Brown.
The Bucs’ final winning boat was the Women's Quad crewed by Emily Powers, Marianne Horsley, Autumn Little and Alecia Wendt.
The second place boats were the Men's and Women's Lightweight 4s and the Men's Junior 4. The third place boats were the Women's Novice 4, Women's Double, and Men's Lightweight 8.
It was not just Riverview’s rowers who fared well among local teams. In all, Wyandotte Boat Club member teams won 12 gold medals.
Grosse Ile had a fine day at the Wy-Hi, winning four times.
Grosse Ile’s winning women’s boats were the Varsity 4 of coxswain Kaitlin Karrar, Sam Ralston, Ursula O’Connor, Paige Krohn and Lexi Baxter and the Women’s Novice 4 of coxswain Heaven Shaman, Hannah, Whitaker, Emma Alford, Nicole Marek and Emma Valiquette.
Winning for the men were the Junior 8 of coxswain Matt Hoying, Lyle Antieau, Ethan Ames, Josh Mizak, Ray Bodrie, Kyle Karrar, Hunter Pfeiffer, Jack Adams and Donnie Jensen and the Lightweight 4 of Hoying, Antieau, Ames, Adams and Jensen.
“We’re learning a lot right now and want to get better from week to week,” said Grosse Ile assistant coach Don Fekete, “It is nice working a group of athletes who are focused on improving and doing things the right.”
Anderson scored a pair of wins.
Duplicating their win from the Hebda Cup a week ago was the Titans’ Women’s Lightweight 4 of Claire Crosmun, Selena Meskos, Alyssa Quillen and Ashley Granica.
Anderson’s Women’s Double of Crosmun and Granica finished first, nipping Hebda champ Roosevelt by .28 seconds. The Wyandotte boat was rowed by Cornelia Rieger and Sarah Minaugh.
Roosevelt got wins from its Men’s Double of Josh Simmons and Alex Papas and its Women’s single rowed by Rieger, as well as another second from its Men’s Varsity 4.
Carlson also had a gold-medal finish, winning the prestigious Men’s Varsity 8.
Alex Theeck, Brandon Price, Trevor Lazarski, Kyle Brunell, Sean Pacheco, Devin Lang, Matt Diehl, Logan Farrington and coxie Josh Pruchniewski crewed the winning boat.
It was the first time Carlson has ever won the Men’s Varsity 8 at the Wy-Hl and the first time a Wyandotte Boat Club boat has won it since at least 1997, according to Coach Dennis Schooley.
The win was made all the more impressive by the fact that half of the Varsity 8 boat – Theeck, Price, Lazarski, Farrington and Pruchniewski – had to jump out of the third-place Lightweight 4 and get ready quickly to row in the eight-man race.
All five local crews are now off this weekend to Cincinnati for the two-day, 50-team Midwest Scholastic Championships on Ohio’s Hasha Lake.
Boats at the Midwest Championships are vying for berth in the National Championships in Camden N.J. May 26.