Rowing competes in Midwest Championship

The RHS rowing team traveled to Kent Lake to compete in the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship, with one boat placing third in the Midwest.
“To have multiple boats place as top boats in the Midwest was pretty cool,” senior rower Joshua Tracy said. “We went up against some really fast teams, so to be able to see where we were compared to them is nice.”
The team competed in the event at Kent Lake in the heats and time trials held on May 14 and the finals held on May 15
“This is the first time we have been to this regatta in years,” senior rower Bella Bitner said. “I am a senior and this was my first year at Midwest so this is new for all of us.”
Despite the event being delayed multiple hours on day one, which pushed heats back into day two resulting in rowers racing up to three times a day, RHS had one women’s boat finish third overall in their event and two men’s boats finish eleventh overall in their event.
“To have so many boats place is really cool,” rower Tamara Hinojosa said. “Especially as a novice it is super cool.”
The men’s first 8+ placed eleventh overall in their category. The boat included senior rowers Joshua Tracy, Jackson Pizzo, Robert Passuth, Lucas Allen, junior rowers Riley Greene, Jose Hinojosa, Parker Monette, Michael Mackuch, and junior coxswain David Rodriguez.
“Personally, I wish we could have done better,” Tracy said. “But overall eleventh varsity men’s eight in the Midwest is good for the group of guys we have.”
The men’s first 4+ placed eleventh overall in their category. The boat included senior rowers Joshua Tracy, Jackson Pizzo, Robert Passuth, Lucas Allen and freshman coxswain Brooks Blackledge.
“We pulled some really good times in both boats I was in,” Tracy said. “To pull in the four minute range was a good thing for us and gives me some hope for states.” The women’s third 4+ placed third overall in their category. The boat included rowers Tamara Hinojosa, Amelia Stone, Madison Samotis, Andrea Negrete, and coxswain Miranda Grant.
“To place third in the entire Midwest was awesome,” T. Hinojosa said. “I couldn’t believe that we even made it to the finals so it was crazy when we did that well.”
The team will compete at the state championships held at Kent Lake on May 21, 2022.
“I am super excited to go to states,” Bitner said. “I think we have a good chance as a team considering we had many boats medal last year.”
The team will also have select boats that will race at St.Catharine’s Ontario, Canada on June 4, with the rest of the team competing at a home regatta held at Wyandotte Boat Club.