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!
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!