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