Two of Nashville Juniors Rowing varsity women rowers, Abigail Tarquinio and Aine McGinn, are representing the United States this summer in International Competition. Both St. Cecilia student-athletes have worked purposefully in the last year to continue improving and earned invites to the USRowing Women's Junior National Team Selection Camp (Abby) and USRowing Women's Junior High Performance Camp (Aine).
Abby, a rising Junior, made the most of her time during Selection Camp and earned a seat in the Women's 8+ going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to represent the United States against the best in the world. This is not Abby's first experience racing internationally as she won Gold the CanAmMex 8+ and 4+ last summer (2014) against Mexico and Canada. She was one of 37 girls invited to try-out for one of the three camp boats traveling to worlds - the 4-, 8+, and 2-. In order to make the 8+, Abby put to good use the habits she learned on the Nashville Juniors Rowing program - most importantly that you are an athlete 24-hours a day and must treat your body and mind as such. Once in Rio, Abby and her boat-mates pushed hard all weekend placing 3rd overall, winning a bronze medal, behind Germany and Italy in the Grand Final.
Photos of the Women's Junior National Team training in Princeton, NJ where Abby is 3-seat in the 8+ are linked HERE.
Aine, a rising Senior, earned a seat in the same boat that Abby raced in last year (2014) by making the CanAmMex 8+ for this summer (2015). Aine was one of 30 girls invited to try-out for the two levels of High Performance Camp - CanAmMex and Club Nationals. Aine earned her place in that top boat of Camp and made the best of it by winning Gold in the 8+ and Silver in the 2- B.
"We are very proud of how all our athletes are representing our young club all over the country and world this summer," noted Head Coach Eric Gehrke, "Abby and Aine have done a particularly great job of rising to the occasion and earning seats in international boats. We could not be more excited for the experience they will bring back and share across our program in order to help our entire family grow."