The Beaumont School club crew team traveled to Orchard Lake, Mich. to race in the St. Mary’s Prep Laddie Cup this past Saturday (May 4) and competed with 20 other crews from Michigan and the Buckeye State.
The Novice 4+ heats started at 7:30 a.m. with the top-three finishers in their heat advancing to the finals over the 1,500m course. The A boat was in the second heat and comprised of coxswain Khaela Tierce, stroke was Sam Zullo, Ella Lisac in three seat, Lauren Harmat at two and Alayna Sturgill in bow. It was a trying race and the team finished in sixth place.
The B boat had Joelle Kratzert at stroke, Brigid McCarron at three, Georgia Larive in two seat and Ava Maslowski in bow. Maddie Roth was the coxswain. It was the first race for Georgia, and the boat came in seventh on a chilly morning.
Next up was the Novice 8+. The lineup from stroke to bow was Zullo, Lisac, Anna Farrington, Sturgill, Harmat, Maslowski, Larive and Kate Auletta. The boat was coxed by Tierce. The rowers were pleased with their race and felt they gave it their all, but the fourth place finish was just shy of the top-three boats advancing to the finals.
The Lightweight 4+ heat was the last race for us in the morning. Coach Yormick thought it was a Novice event, but it ended up being a Varsity event. Our lightweight rowers were from stroke to bow, Kratzert, McCarron, Farrington and Auletta commanded by Roth in the cox seat. These four rowers, who just started rowing in February, held off a late sprint by St. Ursula’s to hold onto third place which advanced them in the finals.
In the finals, the lightweights came in sixth place as they improved their time by two seconds from their earlier row with a finish of 6:56. It was an exciting way to end the day with this Novice crew showing that they could hold their own with the varsity crews.
This weekend, the crew travels to Dillon Lake, Ohio to compete in the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships. They will race in the Novice 8+, Novice 4+, and Ltwt. Novice 4+ events with heats on Saturday and finals on Sunday. They will compete against 48 other high schools and clubs with crews coming from eight different states.