2017: USRowing Masters Nationals

Nashville Rowing’s Competitive masters were well represented at this year’s USRowing Master’s National Championship, held just down Interstate-40 in Oak Ridge, TN. With around 1,500 entries in 202 categories, many races were hotly contested and athletes put their training to the test against peers from all over the nation. Nashville’s 16 entries, marked the largest contingent that our club has ever been represented by at the National Championship Regatta!

Beginning the four-day event Thursday morning was the Mixed D 2x, Nashville’s Lizabeth Theiss and her doubles partner James Robinson (Rocket City Rowing Club) raced to 4th in their heat, the Mixed F 2x, Don Sullivan and Kren Teren, followed with an afternoon final finishing 6th. Dietmar Kuttelwascher, fresh off his dominant performances at SE Regionals and the Canadian Henley Regatta, won his final in the Men’s Open D 1x, bringing home Nashville’s first gold of the weekend.

Friday morning kicked off with heats for the women’s sculling entries. The Open B 2x, Rachel Rock-Blake and Amie Thurber, raced a solid heat to qualify for the afternoon’s final, while Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick, Dawn Foster, Lisa Delaney and Maggie Davidson made a strong trip down the course but ultimately just missed qualifying for the final for the Club E 4x. The Men’s Club C 4+, Kuttelwascher, Will Weaver, Steve Grant, Sean Wlodarczyk, with coxswain Chris Calico, placed third in their heat to advance to the final, and Kuttelwascher quickly turned around to race to second place in the heat for the Open C 1x, to secure another trip down the course for afternoon racing.

Starting off Friday’s finals, Rock-Blake and Thurber just missed the podium, but out-sprinted the competition from the Texas Rowing Center to claim 4th place by a mere half-second, followed by the gentlemen from the Club C 4+ who raced to 6th place, and Kuttelwascher, who claimed the bronze medal in the Open C 1x. In finals-only events, Kren Teren earned the silver medal (challenging for gold with an impressive sprint!) in the Women’s G Lightweight 1x, and the 4x of Mark Ragland, Dennis Sperazza, Steve Patrick and Don Sullivan placed 5th in the Open G category.

Saturday morning saw heats for the Women’s Open C 1x, Men’s Open G 1x, and Women’s Club 8+. Theiss raced to 6th in her single, and Sperazza qualified for his final with a second place showing. In one of the most exciting finishes of the morning, the Women’s Club 8+ of Foster, Tina Hartert, Jenn Cheij, Rock-Blake, Angela Boatman, Emy Noel, Katherine Denney, and Delaney, coxed by Laura Miller, executed an excellent performance for 3rd place in the heat but just missed qualifying for the final. In afternoon racing, Sperazza raced to a solid 6th place in his final, while Kren Teren and doubles partner Nancy Schay (Atomic Rowing), won the Women’s Lightweight G-J 2x event.

Sunday’s racing began with the Atomic-Nashville composite entry of Kathy O’Gorman (Atomic Rowing), Schay, Teren, and Theiss, who qualified for the final with a second-place performance in their heat of the Women’s Open E 4x, and later raced to fourth place. They were followed by the Club B 4+ of Kuttelwascher, Weaver, Wlodarczyk, and Josh Herring, coxed by Calico, who raced to 6th in their heat. Concluding Nashville’s racing for the weekend was the Men’s F-G 4x, where Ragland, Sperazza, Patrick and Sullivan raced to 2nd place in the G category.

At the end of the weekend, Nashville’s masters finished 33/47 in the combined team points trophy, with the women earning 40th/58, and the men earning 29th/70. There was great racing all around and all participants left the event hungry for fall rowing!

2017: USRowing Southeast Youth Championships

USRowing Southeast Regional Championships: Gainesville, GA

   Thursday May 11th, the athletes boarded the bus at Hamilton Creek Marina to travel to Lake Lanier at the 1996 Olympic race race course for the 2017 Southeast Regionals. This regatta marks the end of the regular spring season, while also offering the chance to qualify boats for Youth Nationals in June by getting top 3 in select events. Friday gave the athletes a chance to get a practice on the course, shake off some of the bus legs, and get in the mindset to show up Saturday morning ready to race. 

   Saturday was the start of racing, with any Nationals eligible events racing time trials (mirroring the structure of Youth Nationals) and others racing in heats to decide their progression forward. Below are the events that Nashville was entered in, as well as their how they progressed out of Saturday's preliminary racing!

Men's Youth 2x: 6th in Time Trial (Top 14 to Semi Finals)

Women's Youth 2-: 4th in Time Trial (Top 7 to Finals)

Women's Youth 4+: 3rd in Time Trial (Top 14 to Semi Finals)

Men's Youth 4+: 9th in Time Trial (Top 14 to Semi Finals) 

Women's Youth Lightweight 4+: 6th in Time Trial (Top 7 to Finals)

Women's Youth 8+: 1st in Time Trial (Top 7 to Finals)

Women's U17 8+: 2nd in Heat (Top 2 to Finals)

Women's Youth 2nd 4+: 1st in Heat (Top 3 to Finals)

Women's U17 4+: 4th in Heat (Top 2 to Finals)

Men's U17 4+: 2nd in Heat (Top 2 to Finals)

   All the boat's that progressed directly to finals were finished racing for the day and were able to head back to the hotel to rest. After a bit of rest and recovery, the following boats returned to the course for Semi Finals racing. With some tight races for the advancing spots, the afternoon made for exciting spectating and hard fought battles!

Men's 2x: 4th in Semi 2

Women's 4+: 2nd in Semi 2

Men's Youth 4+: 5th in Semi 1


   Sunday morning saw lots of hard fought racing, with both the Women's 2- and Women's 8+ qualifying for Youth Nationals in Sarasota Florida in June. Below are the results of Sunday morning's racing, with some very exciting and hard fought battles through the finish line!

Women's 2-: 3rd

Women's Youth 4+: 4th

Women's Youth Lightweight 4+: 7th

Women's Youth 8+: 1st

Women's U17 8+: 3rd

Women's Youth 2nd 4+: 1st

Men's U17 4+: 5th

Full Results from the weekend HERE

2017: Music City Youth Sprints

Music City Youth Sprints: Nashville, TN

    Saturday April 22nd was the second annual Music City Youth Sprints right here at our own Percy Priest Lake. This year's regatta grew by one program to include St. Louis, who joined Atlanta Juniors Rowing, and Chicago Rowing Foundation to compete in some heated (and rainy) competition here in Nashville. With several of the fastest teams in the country on one course together, there was some very exciting racing to be had! Unfortunately the weather was only marginally cooperative, and high winds along with lightning and rain shortened the original schedule to include the following races.

Women's Varsity 8+

Men's Varsity 8+

Women's 2nd Varsity 8+

Men's 2nd Varsity 8+

Women's Youth Novice 8+

Men's Youth Novice 8+

Men's Youth Novice 4+

     Our Nashville athletes were able to compete and place in the following events before the schedule had to be condensed due to weather:

Women's Varsity 8+: 2nd

Men's Varsity 8+: 4th

Women's 2nd Varsity 8+: 3rd

Women's Youth Novice 8+: 2nd

Men's Youth Novice 8+: 2nd

Men's Varsity 2x: 1st

  We look forward to next year's Music City Youth Sprints, and the continued lively competition between these teams. We are looking forward to testing ourselves again in two weeks in Oak Ridge, TN for the Dogwood Juniors Regatta before we move on to Southeast Regionals!

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Full Results on the day HERE

2017: Cincinnati Youth Invite

Cincinnati Youth Invite: Bethel, OH

   Saturday April 8th was Nashville Rowing's first venture up to Bethel, OH to compete in the Cincinnati Youth Invite with teams from across the Midwest. This was a great opportunity to not only get in a number of races for all of our athletes, but also to see some fast competition that we don't normally see until much later in the season! With warm and windy conditions, our athletes felt right at home as we had the following entries in events for the day. Almost every athlete raced in 2 events, giving them ample meters to test their speed against the competition, and 

Women's Varsity 8+

Women's 2nd Varsity 8+

Women's Varsity 4+ (2 entries!)

Men's Varsity 4+

Women's 2nd Varsity 4+ (2 entries!)

Women's Novice 8+

Men's Novice 4+

Women's Novice 4+ (2 entries!)

  For the morning time trials and heats our boats had strong showings across the board, with the WV8+, W2V4+, WN8+, W4+s, and MN4+ all advancing to Grand Finals. The MN8+, WN4+s,  and W2V8+ all advancing the Petite Finals! The results for the afternoon finals were as follows:

WV8+: 2nd

W2V4+: 4th

MN8+: 2nd in Petite Final

WN8+: 4th

WV4+: 1st (A.Tarquinio) & 6th (G. Denunzio)

MN4+: 5th

WN4+ 1st (J. Marger) & 2nd (B.Glenn) in Petite Final

W2V8+: 1st in Petite Final

   We were proud of the athletes handling a new regatta with strong competition well, and we look forward to using this regatta as a building block to improve on for the rest of the season!

Photos from the day HERE

Full Results on the day HERE

2017: Atomic Turn and Burn

Atomic Turn and Burn: Oak Ridge, TN.

The Spring racing season kicked off on Saturday March 25th on Melton Lake, with a new format for the start of our spring season. All boats would arrive Saturday AM to race a 5000 meter head race style piece against the other boats in their field. These 5ks would set up the lane assignments for the afternoon's 2000 meter pieces. This was a great early season race, allowing all the athletes to get good meters in on the day. Despite some heavy headwinds, the crews held their own. 

  During the gap between 5k and 2k for the Juniors athletes, we were also able to race a number of Masters boats as well! This was a great tune up for the Adult athletes looking forward to later races, and to the Women's 8+ getting ready to travel to San Diego Crew Classic! We were excited to get both our Juniors and Masters athletes back on a race course and gearing up for a Spring and Summer full of training and racing. Thanks to Oak Ridge for putting on this race. We are looking forward to next year's already.

Full Race Results can be found HERE!

2017: Indoor Erg Races Show Growth and Strength

   Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships

   While the winter months have not yielded much water time, the the hard work and improvement undertaken by the juniors and masters in winter training has been on display at regional and national erg competitions.

   At the Tennessee Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, both the Juniors and Masters programs collected their respective team points trophies. Gracie Larkin kicked off the day with a silver medal in the Women’s collegiate novice race, and was followed by masters rowing in the “Never Ever” categories, which are geared towards rowers who have never raced on the water before. Lori Kauppi and Laura Miller lead the way placing 6th and 7th, while NRC also took 11th, 12th, and 13th in the event. On the men’s side of the “Never Ever” category Steve Grant was just off the podium in 4th place, and Michael Cashin placed 9th in the 15-man event. Both gentlemen pulled personal best times!

   Next up came the Masters and Veterans categories, where raw times were age adjusted for the final results.  Emy Noel led the way for the Masters women, in 4th place and Nashville Rowing showcased great depth by taking 5th, 6th, and 7th place, while Sean Wlodarczyk won the men’s event, followed by his teammates in 4th, 5th, and 6th place. In the Veteran events, Jenn Cheij and Jan Duckworth landed on the podium with a silver and gold medal, respectively. Tina Hartert was just out of the medals in 4th place, and NRC also placed 6th, 11th, and 16th in the 20-woman field.  The Veteran Men’s race proved just as exciting, as Nashville’s Dietmar Kuttelwascher took the top step of the podium, followed by teammates in the 4th, 8th, 11th, 12th, and 14th positions.

   The juniors mirrored the successes of the masters throughout the afternoon. In the Youth Women 17-19 category, Isabel Grant took 5th place, Virginia Cheij (T-6th) and Anna Grace Cole (8th) both placed in the top-10, and Nashville was also represented in places 11, 15, and 23. The next race featured Youth Men 15-16, and Lucas Quinby earned a medal by taking third place, followed closely by Grant Miller in 4th. The boys also placed 6th, 15th, 21st, 24th, and 32nd in the event. On the women’s side of the 15-16 age group, Jessie Wills also earned a bronze medal, and the girls took spots 10 and 23 in the 36-participant field.

   The Lightweight events followed, with the women showcasing some of their speed: Grace DeNunzio, Ella Varney, and Cary Corcoran took places 2nd, 3rd, and 4th out of 31. Alex Park just missed the podium with a well fought 4th place, and Fernando Arguello also finished inside of the top-10, and Nashville also took 25th place. Nashville Juniors in the 12-14 year old age category also represented the club well, with Abraham Cheij earning a silver medal, followed by his teammates in 10th and 11th place, while the women placed three women in the top ten, lead by Sofia Sperduto’s 4th place finish, and also took places 12, 13, 23, and 29.

   Not to be outdone by their rowing counterparts, the coxswains competed in a 500m sprint. Jerod Fetters earned a bronze medal, while Ellie Loving won the women’s event, and female Nashville coxswains took places 4 and 8.

C.R.A.S.H Bs World Indoor Rowing Championships

  The weekend of February 10th-12th saw six juniors athletes and two adult athletes brave the snow storms in Boston to attend the World Indoor Rowing Championships. Aside from this being the most athletes from Nashville Rowing that have attended CRASH Bs to date, it was also the best overall finishes taking home one gold and two silver medals!

   Dietmar Kuttelwascher started off the day for Nashville seated on erg #1 for the Veteran Men's 50-54 year old age category. The live stream showed a smooth and collected Dietmar push himself into an early lead, and hold an exciting pace all the way through the finish in 6:11.1, never giving up the first place position! 

   Next up was the Junior Lightweight Women with Marguerite Trost and Grace Laster erg #9 and #25 respectively. Marguerite jumped out to an aggressive and early lead on the field right from the start showing strength and courage that did not go unnoticed by spectators and announcers alike! With only a few hundred meters to go, Marguerite was overtaken by another rower, putting herself in a strong silver medal position. Grace Laster also found herself in a tight pack, finishing 21st out of 106 athletes. The ten athletes surrounding 21st place all finished within 2 seconds of each other, showing just how close and competitive the racing could be.

   In the Junior Women we had Abby Tarquinio on erg # 7, Shelby Larkin on erg #34, Jess Mixon on erg #43 and Grace Lebo on erg #66. The live feed again found itself centered on one of our Nashville Rowing ladies with Abby pushing out of the gate at an aggressive pace, stroke for stroke with another member of the US Women's Junior National Team, and future Stanford rowing class mate.  In a barn burner of a race, Abby earned a silver medal position with a time of 6:55.3!  Shelby Larkin, who was attending CRASH Bs for the first time, put on a very strong race. Pushing herself into the top 20, Shelby ultimately finishing 13th out of 191 entries. Jess Mixon was our next Nashville athlete to cross the finish line, taking 30th, with Grace Lebo rounding out our entries for the event at 109th place. All around an outstanding individual and group effort by the junior women! It certainly garnered some attention for our blue and yellow family!

   Coach Anne took on the task of both coaching and racing this weekend taking her race position on erg #64 in a very competitive Open Women's field. Coach Anne finished the day for Nashville coming in 58th out of 144 entries. Maybe next year she can convince Coach Eric to join her in racing!

Congratulations to all our Nashville athletes that travelled and raced up in Boston, you certainly had a loud cheering section back home! Official Results can be found HERE  as well as the Row2k Photo Gallery from the day.


2016: Class of 2017 Signs for College!

The Class of 2017 has shown that hard work pays off as 5 current seniors sign to row at the Division 1 level! All of these athletes have seen tremendous growth since joining the program, and there is no doubt that they will be great additions to all of their future programs.

Isabel Grant, Ensworth class of 2017 committed to row for University of Massachusetts where she will learn, grow and race under a well established program. We look forward to seeing Isabel grow at the next level.

Abigail Tarquinio, Saint Cecilia class of 2017 has committed to row for Stanford University in California. Abby is part of a very strong recruiting class entering Stanford's incoming freshmen class, and we know that she is excited to jump in and make an impact from day 1!

Anna Grace Cole, Harpeth Hall class of 2017 has committed to row for Fordham University in New York. We have been proud of Anna Grace's growth through the process, and know that she will continue to bring that with her to the North East!

Ellie Loving, Harpeth Hall class of 2017 has committed to cox at University of Tennessee Knoxville. Ellie won't be far away, and she will be joining some Nashville Rowing alums in Knoxville to continue building a strong program under Coach Lisa Glenn!

Maddy Quinby, Saint Cecilia class of 2017 and this years Women's Team captain has committed to row at Clemson University in South Carolina. Maddy will be a great addition to the Tiger's program, and we look forward to seeing her at regattas around the Southeast too!

Be sure to stay tuned for updates as more athletes make their college decisions. The coaches, and all of Nashville Rowing is proud of the class of 2017, and know that their legacy will stand as an example for future generations of Nashville Rowers.

2016: Annual Marina Cleanup Day

Marina Cleanup Day 2016

Saturday November 12th 2016 marked our Marina Clean up Day and the wrap up of the Fall Season. We had a great group this year with Masters, Juniors, parents and family all turning out the make sure that we stay good stewards of our surroundings at the lake. The usual trash pickup around the Marina parking lot, woods, shoreline, and up the road to the public boat ramp brought in 66 bags of trash and recyclables! The group was also able to help in moving the dock out in anticipation of lower water temperatures through the winter. Last, but certainly not least we were able to clean and winterize a lot of our equipment as we get ready for the indoor training season!

Thank you again to all who turned out and made the our Clean up Day a continued positive end to our to our Fall Season. A big thanks to everyone that brought food out for the end of the work as well, as everyone had worked up a big appetite by the end of the morning!



Marina Cleanup Day 2015

Saturday November 14th, The Juniors and many parent helpers put down the oars for a day to take care of Hamilton Marina and the space that we call home for many days of the year. Some athletes donned gloves and with bags in hand, set out along the shorelines, roads, and across parking lots to scour the area for trash. Another group loaded up in launches to set out for further shores in search of trash that we pass on daily practices. Several other athletes picked up the weed whackers and hedge clippers to trim down the grass and some of the growth that was starting to creep up on towards the dock. It was great to see high schoolers, middle schoolers, parents, coaches and even some younger siblings join in together to leave the marina better than when we found it.

When all was said and done, we totaled 54 bags of trash and recycling. There were also a few other choice finds like an old waterlogged recliner chair, and a car tire with the rim and all. Thanks to everyone that made it out to the lake to lend a helping hand, and to a continued effort to keep out lake clean and beautiful!

2016: Head of the Hooch 2016

Chattanooga welcomed Nashville crews of all ages and boatings with good weather and fair water for the 34th annual Head of the ‘Hooch regatta. The weekend saw many great results, and the racing proved an exciting culmination of the fall season.


Racing kicked off Saturday morning with two men’s masters boats coming down the course. The 4x finished 14th out of 15 entries, and the 4+ placed 11th out of 22, good enough to qualify the boat for entry into next year’s regatta. The two men’s youth 4+s were the next crew to toe the line, with the A and B entries finishing 8th and 51st, respectively, in a deep field of 75 boats. For the A boat, it was a great show of improvement coming off of tight and inspiring racing in Boston.

The women’s masters 8+ was next, with a strong showing in the middle of the pack, placing 17th out of 32. Following them down the course was the women’s youth 8, where the A entry brought home the first gold medal of the weekend, and the B entry also secured themselves a place in next year’s race with a 23rd place finish out of a big field of 73.

Next up, the masters produced strong results in the mixed double, with Lizabeth Theiss leading a composite entry with Rocket City to 6th place, and Kren Teren and Don Sullivan racing to 7th place out of 39 crews. The men’s masters 8+ followed and placed 12th out of 14, and the women’s youth novice 8 rowed down the course behind them for a top-10 finish, placing 8 out of 33. Taran Savoie placed 3rd in the College & Club lightweight single event.

Nashville saw several strong crews down the river to close out the day. The masters women produced solid results in the 4+ event, finishing 20th (A) and 27th (B) out of 39, and the juniors, with four entries in a 78 boat field, proved their depth to place 1st, 14th, 18th, and 57th. Lucas Quinby and Grant Miller finished the day by jumping into the men’s youth double, where they took 69th out of 84.


Sunday saw fewer events for Nashville Rowers but the races were no less exciting, Coach Anne Campbell started the day by rowing to a strong 7th place finish in the women’s championship single. Dietmar Kuttelwascher rowed to a podium finish in the master’s single, finishing 2nd out of 15 racers, and Kren Teren followed suit, claiming the gold medal in the women’s lightweight master’s single. Next up were the pairs, where Kuttelwascher and Will Weaver combined for a 7th place finish in the men’s master pairs, and the Junior men’s combinations of Jack Brimm and Quinn Cunneely, and Chase Yarbrough and Garrett Ufnar finished 21st and 35th, out of 39, respectively. The Junior women’s pair of Abby Tarquinio and Jess Mixon finished in the silver medal position, followed closely by their teammates, Marguerite Trost and Isabel Grant, who took bronze.

The women’s quad completed the weekend’s racing for the masters, where the Nashville Rowing/Oak Ridge/All-American composite entry finished 7th, followed by the Nashville Rowing entry in 16th place out of 25. The final race of the weekend featured the mixed youth eights, and the juniors showcased their depth and versatility to take gold (A) and 9th place (B) out of 25 boats.


This years edition of the ‘Hooch provided great racing opportunities, and we are proud of all of the performances that club members contributed to. We now move inside for some training on the ergs and with the weights, and are looking forward to Saturday sessions of Percy Priest Lake. Sprint racing is just around the corner and will be here before we know it!

Official Results can be found HERE as well as more pictures HERE

2016: Music City Head Race Starts Off the Fall On a High Note


The Music City Head Race, hosted by Nashville Rowing and Vanderbilt University on Saturday October 1st, 2016, garnered over 185 entries across 20 different teams in it's first year of existence while also creating quite a buzz in downtown Nashville as the race finished in front of Broadway and the Titans Stadium. Outside of hosting the race, Nashville Rowing's 34 boats entered also had successful weekends - earning 28 medals across races for Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and Masters athletes.

"We are very excited about how all our athletes, families, and community approached this race," Nashville Rowing Executive Director Eric Gehrke was quoted as saying, "Everyone in our family came out, put time in as racers, volunteers, or food coordinators, and that allowed every facet of our organization flourish. There are many races where the results are the shining star of how your program is doing, but the Music City Head Race was a holistic example of our young organizations progress over the last three and half years - in that we can host a large regatta, put successful boats down the course, and make sure everyone from every visiting team goes home with a positive impression of our city and community."

For lots more images, hit the link to our Flickr page in the top right corner of the Navigation bar and enjoy!

Here is the final tally of results for all boats that are under Nashville Rowing's umbrella:


  • Men's Masters 4x: 1st Place
  • Men's Masters 4+: 1st Place
  • Men's Masters 1x: D. Kuttelwascher 1st Place, T. Savoie 3rd Place
  • Men's Masters 8+: 1st Place
  • Mixed Masters 2x: 1st Place
  • Women's Masters 4x: 1st Place
  • Women's Masters 4+: B 2nd Place, A 3rd Place
  • Women's Masters 8+: 1st Place


  • Men's Youth Ltwt 4+: 3rd Place
  • Men's Youth 8+: 4th Place
  • Men's Youth 4x: 3rd Place
  • Men's Youth 4+: 2nd Place
  • Men's Youth 2-: B 1st Place, A 2nd Place
  • Women's Youth 8+: Nashville 1st Place, Harpeth Hall 3rd Place
  • Women's Youth 4+: Harpeth Hall 1st Place, St. Cecilia 2nd Place, Nashville 4th Place
  • Women's Youth Ltwt 4+: 1st Place
  • Women's Youth 2-: B 1st Place; St. Cecilia 2nd Place, A 3rd Place
  • Men's Youth Novice 4+: 1st Place
  • Men's Youth Novice 8+: 1st Place
  • Women's Youth Novice 8+: Harpeth Hall 1st Place, Nashville 4th Place
  • Women's Youth 4x: Harpeth Hall 3rd Place
  • Women's Youth Novice 4+: Harpeth Hall 1st Place, Nashville 5th Place
  • Middle School Mixed 8+: Great Effort!


Full Results can be found HERE on Row2k   

2016: Abigail Tarquinio Earns Medal at World Championships in USA 4-

If you have been following along with some articles from earlier in the summer you know that Abby was invited to the USRowing Women's Junior National Team for her 3rd year with hope of competing at Junior Worlds in Rotterdam.  Below updates on Abby's Selection and Racing for Team USA:

June 2016 Update: Abigail Tarquinio (St. Cecilia Academy '17) was invited to attend the 2016 USRowing Junior Women's National Team Selection Camp and compete for boats that will race in August at Junior World Championships. Abby's previous international experience includes earning Bronze at the 2015 Junior World Championships as 3-seat in the USA Women's 8+, and earning multiple Golds for the USA Junior Women's CanAmMex team in the 8+ and 4+ in 2014. For Nashville in 2016, Abby sits stroke seat of the Varsity 8+ (14th @ Youth Nats) and Varsity 2- (5th @ Youth Nats), having followed our process well and along the way earned many first place finishes throughout 2015-16. Congratulations Abby on your invite and we are very excited for what you can do this summer!

July 2016 Update: Now that selection has been made, Abby was chosen to represent the United States in the 4-, one of the most competitive boats at the international level. The women have been training for weeks and depart for Rotterdam on Monday August 15th. Though we will miss her at the start of the Fall season here, we will all be watching and cheering her on as she races for a possible world championship! The official announcement from USRowing can be seen below. Look for Abby, and be check back for updates as racing begins! 

FINALS UPDATE: The USA women's 4- finished off their week of racing with a barn burner of an final race - earning a spot on the podium with a bronze medal!

Abby was exhausted from the race, but had to say: "At the 750, I called the lift and said, 'We have to go right now!' " Abby continued, "We just kept moving and then it was literally every ten strokes it was another lift, and that's all I remember, just lifting."

"We are exceptionally proud of Abby's efforts at home for Nashville and over the summer for the USA," exclaimed Coach Eric Gehrke, "She is a great representation of what we stand for here in Nashville: hard-work, self-starting, and reaching for goals larger than yourself. We are glad that her efforts have propelled her to success beyond our own boats."

We are proud of Abigail and the rest of the team for their hard work leading up to World Championships, and for their performance on the international stage! We will look forward to having her back here in Nashville in the blue and yellow!

2016: Strong Showing at Masters Southeast Regionals

  This past weekend, June 25th-26th, the Nashville Masters Competitive Team went to the USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Augusta, Georgia. Despite the humidity, fire ants, wasps, and one toothless alligator; every rower (and even one coach) walked away with a medal! Nashville Masters had a strong presence this year, finishing Fourth in Total Team Points. Moving forward, we should expect continued improvement from the Nashville Masters, and we are proud of their competitive showing in Augusta!

Results from the Weekend:

  • M2- : Gold
  • W4+ : Gold
  • M1x : Gold
  • M4+ : Gold
  • Mx8+ : Gold
  • W4x (composite) : Gold
  • W2x : Gold
  • M4x : Gold
  • Mx2x (composite) | Gold
  • Mx2x : Gold
  • Mx4x : Silver
  • M8+ : Bronze
  • Mx4x (Composite) : Silver

2016: Masters Dogwood Better Than Ever!

The Nashville Masters Competitive Program had a great day of racing at the Dogwood Masters Classic. The water was smooth, the weather was nice, and Nashville walked away with quite a handful of medals. Even though the mark of a good race is determined by how the boat crosses the finish line, it doesn’t hurt to cross that line first. With Dogwood behind us, the Masters are looking forward to Southeast Regionals and Nationals later this summer. With the momentum we’ve built thus far, the Nashville Masters will not disappoint! Nashville Medalled in the following events:


  • Men's 1x - 1st Place
  • Men’s Masters 8+ - 1st Place
  • Women's 1x - 2nd Place
  • Women’s 4+ - 3rd Place
  • Mixed Masters 8+ - 3rd Place
  • Men’s Masters 2x - 3rd Place

2016: Nashville Juniors Garner FIVE Invites to Junior National Team System

Abigail Tarquinio (St. Cecilia Academy '17) is invited to attend the 2016 USRowing Junior Women's National Team Selection Camp and compete for boats that will race in August at Junior World Championships. Abby's previous international experience includes earning Bronze at the 2015 Junior World Championships as 3-seat in the USA Women's 8+, and earning multiple Golds for the USA Junior Women's CanAmMex team in the 8+ and 4+ in 2014. For Nashville in 2016, Abby sits stroke seat of the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 2-, having followed our process well and along the way earned many first place finishes throughout 2015-16. Congratulations Abby on your invite and we are very excited for what you can do this summer!

Grant Miller (Hume Fogg HS '18) is invited to attend the 2016 USRowing Junior Men's Development Camp at Bates College in Maine. For Nashville, Grant spent time in the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 2-, learning great boat moving skills in small boats throughout the 2015-16 campaign. This is Grant's first experience in the Junior Team system and we are very excited for what he can learn from the coaches and his peers at camp. Congrats Grant!

Shelby Larkin (Father Ryan HS '18) is invited to attend the 2016 USRowing Junior Women's Development Camp at Connecticut College. For Nashville in 2016, Shelby sat 7-seat of a great Novice and U-17 8+ that came together well as a crew, earning two Golds at USRowing Southeast Regionals. This is Shelby's first invitation to the Junior Team system and Nashville Rowing is excited for the experiences she will have in the three weeks at camp. Congrats Shelby!

Zach Collins (Brentwood HS '19) has been invited to attend the 2016 USRowing Junior Men's Development Camp at Bates College in Maine. For Nashville, Zach coxed the Men's Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+ in 2015-16, and along the way earned 7th place at the Head of the Hooch, 2nd place at the Dogwood Championships, and made the first Grand Final at Southeast Regionals for our Men's Varsity team. This is Zach's first chance to cox outside of Nashville Juniors, and remarkably in the Junior Team system. Congrats Zach!

Lucas Quinby (Homeschool '19) has been invited to attend the 2016 USRowing Junior Men's Development Camp at Bates College in Maine. For Nashville, Lucas rowed for the Middle School Development Program in 2014-15 and then in the Men's Youth Novice 4+ that earned 7th in the Men's Youth 4+ at the 2015 Head of the Hooch, and Silver at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regionals. This is Lucas' first opportunity to learn from coaches outside of Nashville and we are excited for the experiences he can bring home. Congrats Lucas!

2016: Juniors Show Speed at SE Regionals

On Thursday May 12th, Forty-six Nashville Juniors rowers boarded the a plane for Sarasota, FL to compete at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Youth Championships. This would be the largest group of athletes the program has taken to regionals in our three years of existence, with eleven events entered across different boat classes. Friday afforded our athletes a chance to rig and practice at the venue, and get a sense of the course and what to expect on race day with the Florida heat!

Saturday's racing began with heats for all boats with the lineups and heats noted below. Many of these boats put down strong races, and marked themselves as serious contenders in their subsequent Semi-Finals and Finals:

  • Men's Ltwt 2x: Andrew Eledge, Ryan Alles     6th in Heat
  • Women's 2-Abby Tarquinio, Michele Holtkamp     1st in Heat
  • Men 2-Connor ClenDening, Grant Miller     6th in Heat
  • Women's 4+AnnaRuth Neville (cox), Virginia Cheij, Neva Duckworth, Hadley Hilgenhurst, Anna Grace Cole     1st in Heat
  • Men's 4+Zach Collins (cox), James Kyne, Cole Hullfish, Owen Cunneely, Charles Neville     1st in Heat
  • Women's Ltwt 4+Chris Griffin (cox), Grace Laster, Cary Corcoran, Kristen Rheins, Laurel Jobe     5th in Heat
  • Women's 8+Ellie Loving (cox), Abby Tarquinio, Michele Holtkamp, Marguerite Trost, Aine McGinn, Isabel Grant, Eden Norris, Maddy Quinby, Eliza Frensley     1st in Heat
  • Women's U17 8+: Anna Ruth Neville (cox), Lilla Caton, Shelby Larkin, Emily Hollins, Jess Mixon, Grace Denunzio, Ella Varney, Alexis Franklin, AC Tirrill     2nd in Heat
  • Men's Novice 4+Jerod Fetters (cox): Lucas Quinby, Garret Ufnar, Jack Brimm, Quinn Cunneely     2nd in Heat
  • Mens 2nd 4+Quentin Woodruff (cox): Andrew Eledge, Aslan Gossett, Chase Yarbrough, Ryan Alles    4th in Heat
  • Women's Novice 8+Delaney Carrigan (cox), Lilla Caton, Shelby Larkin, Emily Hollins, Jess Mixon, Grace Denunzio, Ella Varney, Alexis Franklin, AC Tirrill     1st in Heat
  • Men's 4+ Semi-FinalZach Collins (cox), James Kyne, Cole Hullfish, Owen Cunneely, Charles Neville     2nd in Semi 

 The athletes wrapped up Saturday's racing with 7 of the 11 boats progressing to Finals on Sunday, and the chance for many to earn a qualifying spot at Youth Nationals depending on how they performed. Again, the Nashville athletes showed on Sunday that they are a force with three boats earning bids to Nationals (Women's 2-, Women's 4+, Women's 8+) and several others earning medals in their finals! Below are the results from Finals on Sunday:

  • Women's 2-Abby Tarquinio, Michele Holtkamp     Gold
  • Women's 4+Anna Ruth Neville (cox), Virginia Cheij, Neva Duckworth, Hadley Hilgenhurst, Anna Grace Cole     Silver
  • Men's 4+Zach Collins (cox), James Kyne, Cole Hullfish, Owen Cunneely, Charles Neville     5th
  • Women's 8+Ellie Loving (cox), Abby Tarquinio, Michele Holtkamp, Marguerite Trost, Aine McGinn, Isabel Grant, Eden Norris, Maddy Quinby, Eliza Frensley     Bronze
  • Women's U17 8+: Anna Ruth Neville (cox), Lilla Caton, Shelby Larkin, Emily Hollins, Jess Mixon, Grace Denunzio, Ella Varney, Alexis Franklin, AC Tirrill     Gold
  • Men's Novice 4+Jerod Fetters (cox): Lucas Quinby, Garret Ufnar, Jack Brimm, Quinn Cunneely     Silver
  • Women's Novice 8+Delaney Carrigan (cox), Lilla Caton, Shelby Larkin, Emily Hollins, Jess Mixon, Grace Denunzio, Ella Varney, Alexis Franklin, AC Tirrill     Gold

Official results for both Saturday and Sunday's racing can be found HERE to see times and margins between the competition. We are proud of how far this Nashville Rowing Family has come in three short years, and this weekend's results are great indicators of that improvement as a whole. As we train the next few weeks in preparation for Youth Nationals, the strength and support of the whole team will be the foundation for continued improvement on the National stage!

Check out lots of great photos of our boats at the start line HERE

2016: Dogwood Junior Championship

Friday April 29th, The Nashville Juniors loaded up a charter bus to head to Oak Ridge, TN for the 2016 Dogwood Juniors Regatta. After rigging and practice laps on the course, the team returned to the hotel to prepare for our first weekend of Championship level racing with the lots of new competition as well as a few familiar faces. Below is a recap of the first half of Saturday racing before thunderstorms forced the cancellation of races for the remainder of the day. All medals listed for events that were canceled due to weather are based on times from all Heats in that event.

Saturday Heats

Women's Youth 8+ Heat 1: Nashville 1st Place 6:54.1 (25 seconds over 2nd place)
Men's 1st Novice 4+ Heat 3: Nashville 1st Place 7:31.4 (11 seconds over 2nd place)
Women's 2nd 8+ Heat 1: Nashville 1st Place 7:24,7 (10 seconds over 2nd place) Gold Medal
Women's 2- Heat 1: Nashville A 1st Place 7:57.1 (56 seconds over 2nd place) Gold Medal
Women's 2- Heat 2: Nashville B 3rd Place 8:23.2
Women's Youth Novice 4+ Heat 2: Nashville 1st Place 8:06.9 (42 seconds over 2nd Place) Silver Medal
Men's Youth 2- Heat 1: Nashville B 4th Place 8:02.7
Men's Youth 2- Heat 2: Nashville A 3rd Place 8:03.1
Men's Youth 2nd Novice 4+ Flight 2: Nashville 2nd Place 7:58.1 Silver Medal
Women's Youth 2nd Novice 4+ Flight 2: Nashville 1st Place 8:08.1 (17 seconds over 2nd) Gold Medal

Saturday Finals

Women's Youth 8+ Final A: 1st Place 6:54.1 Gold Medal
Men's Youth Novice 4+ Final A: 5th Place 7:36.4

The team returned Sunday morning to find greatly improved weather compared to the forecast. The Nashville athletes entered the day with a little extra fire from not being able to race some of their finals from Saturday afternoon and was again able to put down some impressive races in their races!

Sunday Heats

Women's Youth 4+ Heat 3: 1st Place 7:29.1 (1:10 over 2nd place)
Men's Youth Novice 8+ Heat 2: 3rd Place 7:29.8
Men's Youth 2nd+ Heat 2: 3rd Place 7:35.6
Men's Youth Ltwt 2x Heat 1: 4th Place 8:19.1
Men's Youth 4+ Heat 3: 1st Place 6:57.8 (11 seconds over 2nd place)
Women's Youth Novice 8+ Heat 2: 1st Place 7:18.8 (35 seconds over 2nd place)
Women's Youth 2nd 4+ Heat 3: 1st Place 7:47.6 (1:11 seconds over 2nd place)
Women's Youth 3rd 4+ Heat Flight 2: 1st Place 8:06.9 (24 seconds over 2nd place) Gold Medal

Sunday Finals

Women's Youth 4+ Final A: 1st Place 7:35.8 Gold Medal
Men's Youth Novice 8+ Final A: 6th Place 7:21.9
Men's Youth 2nd 4+ Final A: 6th Place 7:43.9
Men's Youth Ltwt 2x Final B: 3rd Place 8:39.1
Women's Youth Ltwt 4+ Final A: 2nd Place 8:32.9
Men's Youth 4+ Final A: 7:15.8 Silver Medal
Women's Youth Novice 8+ Final A: 1st Place 7:36.6 Gold Medal
Women's Youth 2nd 4+ Final A: 3rd Place 8:15.1 Bronze Medal

Official Results are available HERE for both days, and we hope to get lots of pictures and some video up as we collect them from parents and spectators! We are all extremely proud of how the Nashville athletes carried themselves this weekend, both on and off the water. The weeks ahead before Southeast Regionals will certainly be filled with hard work to improve upon this weekend and come into Sarasota even faster!

2016: Class of 2016 Signs to Row in College

For the Class of 2016, this can be both a stressful and exciting time of year. With the college process and applications nearing their end, we are excited to announce that several of our graduating seniors have signed to row in college at some outstanding programs! The hard work of the last few years, both on and off the water, has really payed off for these athletes and we are proud that they get to represent us at the next level.

Aine McGinn, class of 2016 from Saint Cecilia Academy, as well as Eden Norris, class of 2016 from Brentwood High School have both signed with the University of Texas to row and be a part of one of the fastest growing programs in D1. We know that they will represent Nashville, and now Texas well and continue to push each other as they get to be teammates for a few more years!

 Michele Holtkamp, class of 2016 from Brentwood High School, has committed to row at Stanford University in California. With a long history of success, and no signs of slowing down, Stanford is an extremely competitive program at one of the best schools in the country. We know that Michele will excel in the classroom and on the water as she joins the team next fall!

Be sure to check back in for updates as more athletes make their college decisions. The coaches, and all of Nashville Rowing is so proud of this senior class, and know that their legacy will be one that guides future generations of Nashville Rowers.

2016: TN Sprint Series Updates


Spring 2016 marks the second year of the Tennessee Sprint Series between some of the major club and scholastic programs from TN and even a few bordering states. We are excited to continue seeing rowing and competition grow and take route in our Southeast region as the results get posted on Row2k.

TN Sprint Series #1 was held at Oak Ridge Rowing Center on Saturday March 19th, which made for an excellent start to the season on their buoyed course. Many months of winter training and a cold beginning to Spring were put in to high volume racing where some athletes raced 2-3 times across boat classes. The opportunity to line up next to crews from Atomic Juniors, Asheville Youth, ETRO, and even some of their own teammates was a welcome chance to take a first shot at competitive 2000 meters outside our own practices. With even conditions, and only a headwind for the last few races of the day, the coaches were very happy to be able to set a baseline speed for many of these crews that will continue racing throughout the Spring.

Official results for the day can be found posted HERE

TN Sprint Series #2 was hosted here at Percy Priest Lake and featured some familiar faces, along with a few new additions to the racing lineup. Nashville Rowing Masters and Juniors, ETRO, MBA, McCallie, GPS, Rocket City Masters, and Row Huntsville all piled into the parking lot for a great day of racing. Despite the very strong westerly winds, we were able to successfully complete all races with the exception of some of the later 2- and 2x boats. This was a great opportunity to race at home, and work to improve on previous weekends racing and all the meters logged at practice since. Thank you to all the Nashville Rowing volunteers who worked to set up, break down, and make sure everything in between ran smoothly. As always, these days would not run as well as they do without all of your efforts!

Official results for the day can be found posted HERE

Any parents or spectators that have pictures from these races, or others for that matter, please send them to Coach Cory (cory@nashvillerowing.org) so that he can add them to the articles and our team Flickr account. With all the boats launching and docking, it has become much more difficult for him to play paparazzi during regattas as well!

2016: Inaugural Music City Erg Sprints

Saturday February 13th saw the first run of the Music City Erg Sprints, hosted at the Harpeth Hall School Athletic Center. Both Masters and Juniors alike showed up to put down one more Indoor Erg Race before we get back on the water for spring (fingers crossed!). The energy was high, and there were some great races with close finishes in several events. All of the juniors athletes participated in a Heats and Finals progression, in preparation to push our training towards the structure of spring races. Both the coaches and spectators were impressed with how the athletes were able to handle the race structure of the morning, and felt that they really exhibited the work they have put in this winter. Many found new depths to their strength and endurance, and have their sights set on loftier goals for the upcoming spring season. We look forward to expanding the scope of this race for years to come, so get ready to race next year! A special thanks for all the hands that made for such a quick clean up after the event was over, it is greatly appreciated by the coaches!

Results from the morning can be found HERE

More photos from the morning can be seen on our Flickr as well!

Check out the TN Indoor Erg Championship Article to see how we captures the Youth AND Club Overall Points trophies for a second year in a row!

2016: TN Indoor Rowing Championships

Saturday January 30th started off for most of the Nashville Rowing athletes with an early drive down to UT Chattanooga for the 2016 Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships. Both Masters and Juniors athletes proved that they have been working hard this winter season with 74 entries across the day, and a solid 29 medals! That number includes the Overall Youth and Club points trophies for the second time in two years! We are extremely proud of all our athletes, they showed up ready to work hard and represent Music City in strong fashion. Thank you to all the family and friends that made the trip to the UTC gym as well. The cheering section grows every year, and always breaths some fire into the athletes competing on the floor as they enter that last 500!

  • Jen Laster: Gold in Never Ever Women
  • Marta Ulbricht: Silver in Collegiate Women's Coxswain 500m
  • Halle Collins: Gold in Youngsters 4 Minute
  • George Laster: Silver in Youngsters 4 Minute
  • Mitchell Rheins: Bronze in Youngsters 4 Minute
  • Anne Campbell: Gold in Masters Women
  • Jennifer Cheij: Silver in Veteran Women
  • Dietmar Kuttelwascher: Gold in Veteran Men
  • Aine McGinn: Gold in Youth Women's III
  • Owen Cunneely: Bronze in Youth Men's III
  • Nashville A Relay: Gold in Club Relay
  • Nashville B Relay: Bronze in Club Relay
  • Connor ClenDenning: Silver in Youth Men's II
  • Abby Tarquinio: Gold in Youth Women's II
  • Michele Holtkamp: Gold in Youth Lightweight Women
  • Marguerite Trost: Bronze in Youth Lightweight Women
  • Charlie Neville: Bronze in Youth Lightweight Men
  • Lucas Quinby: Gold in Youth Men's I
  • Quinn Cunneely: Silver in Youth Men's I
  • Grace Denunzio: Gold in Youth Women's I
  • Chris Griffin: Silver in Youth Coxswain Men
  • Ellie Loving: Gold in Youth Coxswain Women
  • Anna Ruth Neville: Bronze in Youth Coxswain Women
  • Clint Regen: Gold in Middle School 1000m
  • Abraham Cheij: Silver in Middle School 1000m
  • Neva Duckworth: Silver in Youth Women's 500m
  • Nashville A Relay: Gold in Youth Team Relay
  • Overall Juniors Points Trophy
  • Overall Club Points Trophy