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.