MARIETTA-A year ago, the Marietta High girls crew team claimed the points trophy in the annual Lindamood Cup Regatta.
Saturday, the Tigers will be looking to defend the title as 10 schools are slated to do battle on the Ohio River.
The first race is scheduled for 8 a.m., with the final event taking place later in the afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The girls team, led by head coach Joe Tewkesbury, has high hopes for Saturday's regatta, after coming off of a successful showing at the Philadelphia Manny Flick last weekend.
Marietta won the girls novice eight and finished in the top three in several other events as well. Tewkesbury said it was a good weekend for the orange and black.
"After last weekend, we hope we can continue to row at that level," the coach said.
As far as the main key for success Saturday, Tewkesbury said "Just stay focused and row like they're capable of."
Like most of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Marietta crew has been feeling the effects of the constantly-changing weather.
"With the wind and everything, we've had some nasty water this week," Tewkesbury said. "(Thursday night's) water was perfect for the first time in awhile. Hopefully storms don't mess it up."
The girls squad is a youthful one, but is taking strides in the right direction.
"We're actually pretty young," Tewkesbury said. "We've got beginners in every boat. We're not very big physically, but we're making progress."
On the boys side, first-year head coach Tanner O'Connor will look to lead the Marietta squad to improve on last season's performance, in which the Tigers were competitive but did not have a first-place crew.
Overall, should the weather hold up, it should be an action-packed day on the river.
"Just keeping our fingers crossed for the weather," Tewkesbury said.
"If we row the way we're capable of, we should be a handful."