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First regatta for rowing

By MARTY ZIER Islands Sounder Sports contributor
March 28, 2014 · Updated 11:56 AM
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Rowers Devon Mann and Melanie Flint. / Marty Zier photo

Orcas Island Rowing hosted the Lake Stevens Rowing Club for the first spring regatta of the season held at the OIR Boathouse at Cascade Lake while the Island-Madness Indoor Rowing Fest took place the next day at Camp Orkila last weekend.

Races Saturday afternoon included 500 meter 2x races with Novice Boy's Luke Pietsch and Henry McMurry finishing a strong 2nd while Novice Girl's Anneke Fleming and Joie Zier rowed hard 3rd. In the Varsity Girl's 2x, Melanie Flint and Deven Mann finished 2nd while Gunnar Sandwith and Charlie Holmes finished 4th in the Varsity Boy's.

In the 500 meter 1x races, Mann had an impressive first place Varsity Girl's finish with Flint and Zonia Darnall pulling third and fourth while Jay Zier finished first in the Varsity Men's with Kahana Pietsch and Michael Chesher finishing 2nd and 3rd. Sandwith finished 3rd in the Lightweight Boys.

In the 1000 meter Varsity Boy's 4x, Orcas finished 1st with Holmes, Jay Zier, K Pietsch and Chesher stretching out an impressive race. Sunday morning at Camp Orkila, all rowers challenged themselves in the IMIRF, where rowers raced 2,000 meters for their personal best time on a rowing machine known as an erg. Jay Zier had the fastest time for all boys with a 6:57 while Joie Zier had the fastest time for OIRA girls with an 8:18.

 

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