For the first few weekends of the high school rowing season, Downriver becomes the center of the universe for crew’s from across Michigan and northern Ohio.
First the Hebda Memorial Challenge Cup gives rowers their first taste of on-water competition for the season and then the larger Wy-Hi Regatta follows. The Hebda was run on May 1 this year and the Wy-Hi was May 15.
The races are also a chance for residents and families to get out and shake off the winter blues while watching the the competition on the water.
Competing in this year’s Hebda were Wyandotte Boat Club teams from Wyandotte Roosevelt, Riverview, Grosse Ile, Trenton, Southgate Anderson, Gibraltar Carlson and Dearborn Heights Crestwood, along with Saline and Ann Arbor Huron.
The teams at the Wy-Hi were Crestwood, Carlson, Trenton, Southgate, Riverview, Grosse Ile, Huron, Cathoilc Central, Saline, Northview (OH), Perrysbery (OH), and Toledo St. Francis.
The Hebda, which was scheduled to have 20 finals races, was cut short because windy weather caused unsafe conditions on the Trenton Channel, so just seven races were completed.
However, Roosevelt was able to capture two of those races.
The Bears won the Men’s Novice 8 and the Men’s Junior 4 and finished second in the Women’s Junior 8 and third in the Women’s Novice 4.
Team championships were not awarded.
The Wy-Hi was contended under much better conditions – and against much tougher competition.
Roosevelt won another two events, finished second one time and third another. The Bears won the Men’s Freshman Four, and the men’s Senior Eight. They were second in the Men’s Junior Eight and third on the Women’s Novice Eight.