Flexing muscles: Marietta Tiger Navy claims Lindamood Cup Regatta team trophy

After claiming Saturday’s home Lindamood Cup Regatta team trophy in overall points, the Marietta Tiger Navy is expecting a lot of practice time on the water in the next couple of weeks.

Both the MHS boys and girls are off this upcoming Saturday due to the Easter Weekend. Then, the following April 26 at Dillon Lake is “iffy” because of the school prom taking place.

Marietta’s next scheduled crew race is the Wy-Hi Regatta at Wyandotte May 3.

In the Lindamood event, the home meet was significant as it was the 50th anniversary of rowing at MHS. Team photos since 1964 were displayed on the upper deck side, outside of the boathouse.

“I’ve been in this (rowing) for seven years, and this has been by far the fastest Lindamood that I’ve seen,” said Marietta boys coach Tanner O’Connor. “It’s exciting to see for the 50th anniversary.”

In the nine-school field, St. Edward High of Lakewood won the boys title with 139 points, while St. Joseph Academy of Cleveland snared the girls crown with 170.

Marietta saved its best for last when the girls dominated the eights and the boys finished runners-up in their race.

“The boys 8 was very close, and they only lost by two seats,” O’Connor said. “They had an awesome race.”

The MHS boys eight included stroke Connor Bargeloh, Matthew Blauser, Lucas Danford, Erik Derkes, Phil Suenram,Elijah Ditchendorf, and Malachi Vaughn. Chrissy Billingsley was the coxswain.

“The winning Lady Tiger eight rowers featured captain and stroke Hailey Carman, Amanda Ferguson, Olivia Wesel, Avery Wisenbarger, Dava Clark, Barrett Hupp, Erin Mahaffey, and Emma Stubbe. Jazzy Metcalf was the coxswain.

The Marietta girls also captured a four, a light four, a quad, and was runner-up in doubles and placed third in the junior 8. The four boat included Skyler Allen, Brooke Taylor, Brice Macatol, and Mariah Bloomingdale.

“I’m very proud of all of our rowers on this team,” said Marietta girls coach Joe Tewkesbury. “And, across the board, I’m very happy with the performances. We raced against some pretty good crews today.”

Also competing at the Lindamood Cup Regatta were Parkersburg High, Parkersbur South, Fox Chapel Crew of Pittsburgh, Pa., Shaker Heights High, Hampton High of Pittsburgh, Pa., and North Catholic high of Pittsburgh, Pa.