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

2015: Annual Meeting Brings Boathouse News!

This year's Annual Membership Meeting was held on Saturday November 14th at the Bridge Building overlooking the Cumberland River and a beautiful view of downtown Nashville. The meeting was a time to come together as a group to look at the past year's progress, as well as look forward at the exciting future of Nashville Rowing before us! We saw the departure of four board members whose two year terms had come to a close. A huge thanks to Don SullivanDawn Foster, David Franklin and Anne Campbell who have all served the board and the club's membership in several capacities over the last few years. Maggie Davidson and Mike Alles also finished their terms as the Masters Advisory and Juniors Advisory Committee chairs respectively.

We welcome many new faces to both the Board of Directors and the Advisory Committees after all the membership votes were tallied. Joining the Board of Directors is Will WeaverDietmar KuttelwascherMaggie Davidson and Mike Alles. Joining the Juniors Advisory Committee is Christi GrantDenise Alles, and Jamie Kyne. Joining the Masters Advisory Committee is Bethany Primrose, Emy Noel and Meg Mazzone. We look forward to the input of all of these new faces as we move into some exciting times to come.

Speaking of exciting times, the big news of the of  the meeting was the announcement of the boathouse site and the presentation of a huge amount of work by a number of people. Matt Genova from the Civic Design Center presented the culmination of several years of work on major city plans to increase the connection of the community to the Cumberland. The boathouse will be a large piece of that puzzle as we are able to bring new opportunities to the waterways of downtown Music City! Linked here is the digital version of the Civic Design Centers presentation on the Nashville Boathouse (which can also be seen on Row2k's frontpage from November 18th). David Bailey of Hastings Architecture also presented on their work and inspiration for their renderings of the boathouse. After spending a great deal of time looking at the form of boats, shells and the movements of rowing, they were able to create some beautiful and functional designs that will be a great addition to the Cumberland shoreline.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting to vote, and to join in the vision for the collective future of the our Nashville Rowing family! A special thanks as well to the Cumberland River Compact for allowing us to use their space for our meeting.

2015: Head of the Hooch Update

 Friday November 6th the trailer pulled out of Hamilton Creek for one last trip down to Chattanooga to wrap up the racing for Fall 2015. With 31 entries across the Masters and Juniors, all were ready for a weekend filled with racing and with hopes of better weather than last year. This year's Hooch saw more total entries than the Head of the Charles making for a lot of buzz around trailer lot, and a high volume of boats coming down the course. Some rain and a some wind didn't stop racing for the day, and below are the results from all our events from Saturday.

  • Women's Youth 8+
    • A: 6th
    • B: 43rd
  • Men's Youth Novice 8+: 14th
  • Men's Youth 4+
    • A: 7th
    • B: 29th
  • Women's Youth Novice 8+7th
  • Women's Youth 4+
    • A: 1st
    • B: 15th
    • HH: 34th
    • C: 51st
  • Men's Youth 8+37th
  • Women's Masters 8+22nd
  • Men's Masters 4+16th
  • Men's Masters 8+12th
  • Mixed Masters 2x
    • Theiss: 7th
    • Ragland: 24th
  • Women's Masters 4+31st
  • Women's Masters 2x
    • Wright: 22nd
    • Davidson: 33rd
  • Men's Masters 2x: 24th

After Saturday's racing ended, many athletes spent the evening refueling and recovering for more racing Sunday. We traded the rain for a bit more wind and some cooler temperatures, but that didn't stop a second strong day of racing.

  • Women's Youth Novice 1x11th
  • Men's Youth 2-
    • Cunneely: 7th
    • Sloan: 20th
  • Women's Youth 2-
    • Holtkamp: 1st
    • Frensley: 11th
    • Norris: 13th
  • Mixed Youth 8+
    • A: 2nd
    • B: 5th
  • Men's College/Club Lt 1x: 10th
  • Men's Masters C 1x: 2nd
  • Women's Masters C 1x: 10th
  • Women's Masters Lt E 1x
    • Teren: 1st
    • Wright: 3rd
  • Mixed Masters 8+: 17th
  • Women's Masters 4x
    • Teren: 6th
    • Wright: 20th

   We are proud of all our athletes and how they represented Nashville Rowing on and off the water. Every result this weekend is indicative of improvement not achievement, and we are looking forward to lots of hard work this Winter Season to continue growing stronger and getting faster!

2015: Junior Women's 8+ Places Top 20 at HOCR

At 5 AM on Friday October 15th the ladies of the Nashville Rowing Varsity 8+ met at the airport to make the trip to Boston for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta. Though it wasn't the first time for some of the girls going to the HOCR, it was their debut in the Women's Youth 8+ event. Coming down Friday morning afforded the ladies the opportunity to practice on the course and to get a feel for the multitude of turns and bridges that the Charles has to offer.

Saturday was a chance to check out a few of the big boathouses on the river including CRI, Boston University, and Newell (Harvard Women). If you  follow us on Twitter, you can see the ladies in a group picture outside each. We were able to watch several races from the start line on BU's dock, giving a little insight into how the race begins. After watching a few races come down, and checking out the tents at the fitness expo, the team loaded up the van and headed down the river to the Sanderson's house for a big pre-race dinner with Coach Cory's parents.

Sunday of course was race day! Even with the chilly temperatures (for the non New-Englanders) the girls were excited and ready to race. Starting 66th of 85 boats meant that our Nashville boat would be right in the thick of things, and our coxswain Ellie Loving would need to steer a strong course to make passes efficiently. As the coaches waited at the final turn, live results not loading, we watched Nashville Rowing shoot out of the Eliot bridge and take the inside of the final turn to overtake the boat next to them and cross the line in 19th place! This finish guarantees a Women's Youth 8+ bid for next year where they will start in 19th! We are very proud of how the boat raced, and even more excited to continue building from in through the end of the fall and rest of the year. We were also proud to watch Nashville Rowing Alum Rosemary Kyne race in the Bates College 8+ that earned a bronze in the Women's Collegiate 8+! We look forward to seeing more and more alums racing with and against each other in the years to come.

Masters rower and Board Member Don Sullivan also took the river this weekend in a Georgetown University Alumni boat racing in the Men's Senior Masters 4+ in the Grand Master division. Congrats to Don and his boat who took 47th in their field!

Special thanks to our growing cheering section that lined the course and bridges to support the ladies in their race. It is no secret that our strength continues to draw from the family, friends, and the support from those back home following along on the livestream! Check out the link HERE to see the official results and their splits through the checkpoints of the race.

Live Feed Archive of the race!

Row2K Gallery


2015: Chattanooga Head Race Update

October 10th, 2015; The team arrived at the course for a very full day of racing. A little rain didn't stop Nashville Rowing from racing all 34 of our entries in everything from 1x's to 8+'s. For some this regatta has been a staple of their early October calendar, and for many novice rowers, this was their first time in a boat off of Percy Priest lake. We are proud of Nashville Rowing family and everyone that came out to support their rowers as well. Amazing to think that 2 years ago we had 8 entries total at this same regatta, and this year Nashville Rowing was 2nd in the overall Club Points Trophy! Below are the results from this weekend's racing:

  • Women's Masters 8+3rd
  • Men's Senior Masters 1x2nd
  • Women's Youth 1x2nd (A. Tarquinio) 4th (I. Grant)
  • Women's Senior Masters 1x: 2nd
  • Men's Youth Novice 8+5th
  • Women's Youth Novice 4+8th (H. Hilgenhurst) 13th (A. Lagrone)
  • Men's Youth 2-1st (C. Hullfish) 3rd (J. Kyne)
  • Women's Youth 2-2nd (K. Frensley) 4th (V. Cheij)
  • Men's Masters 4+1st
  • Women's Masters 4+2nd
  • Women's Youth 8+2nd (A. Tarquinio) 9th (C. Corcoran) 11th (W. Briggs)
  • Men's Youth 4+3rd (O. Cunneely) 14th (G. Miller) 18th (R. Alles)
  • Mixed Masters 8+2nd
  • Mixed Masters 2x2nd (J. Robinson) 3rd (M. Ragland)
  • Women's Youth Novice 8+1st
  • Men's Youth Novice 4+5th
  • Women's Masters 2x: 2nd (K. Teren) 3rd (M. Wright) 4th (D. Foster)
  • Women's Youth 4+2nd (A. Tarquinio) 10th (W. Briggs) 12th (V. Cheij) 15th (E. Frensley)
  • Men's Masters 8+1st
  • Men's Youth 8+: 9th

Regatta Central results from the whole day can be seen HERE

2015: Music City Scrimmage

Saturday September 19th saw the start to another great Music City Scrimmage. This year we had a full morning of racing with teams from Saint Cecilia, Brentwood High School, Harpeth Hall, Nashville Masters and Juniors, Row Huntsville, and Rocket City! The morning went off without a hitch, other than the occasional customary water skiing wake. The scrimmage has always been a great way to get an early snapshot of lots of different lineups and to see athletes in multiple boat classes before the start of October, and some of the larger regattas throughout the fall.  We were happy to see the Nashville Rowing family continue to grow with the Harpeth Hall ladies in their first races with our Juniors, and are equally as excited to see new clubs like Row Huntsville jumping in the mix!

   Early morning races were able to utilize the full 5k course, despite a head wind. As the morning went on and wind picked up along with boat traffic some of the later flights were shortened to 2.5k, but still just as competitive. For some athletes, this was their first competition ever, while others were lining up with and against old friends.A big thank you to the teams that traveled to the lake to race, and especially to all the parent and rower volunteers who really help to make things run so smoothly.

   Results are available HERE, and there will be more pictures to come on the Nashville Rowing Flickr page as we continue to collect them from parents and spectators! (Thanks to HH Nuss and Katherine Frensley for the pictures here!)

Check out Brentwood HS Broadcasting Club's video the shot during the scrimmage HERE.

2015: Masters Medal at Regionals

June 27th-28th Augusta, GA. With a full list of 18 entries in everything from 8+'s to 1x's the Nashville Masters loaded up to head to Georgia for the 2015 USRowing Masters Southeast Regionals. The whole group looked to build on their hard work through the spring season and Dogwood to perform at their peak in Augusta.

Saturday Racing saw the following events:

  • Women's Masters 4+ B-CBronze
  • Women's Masters 4+ D, F- Silver
  • Men's Masters 1x F, G- 4th
  • Men's Masters 1x D- Gold
  • Women's Masters 1x C,D- Bronze
  • Men's Masters 4+ C, D- Bronze
  • Women's Masters 8+ D, E- Bronze
  • Mixed Masters 8+ A-C- 5th
  • Women's Masters Lightweight 2x- Silver

After a night of recovery from racing and the heat, the Nashville athletes returned for another full day on Sunday, where they were equally as successful! Below are the Sunday's results:

  • Mixed Masters 4x F- Bronze
  • Mixed Masters 2x F- Bronze
  • Women's Masters 4x D- Silver
  • Women's Masters 2x D- Gold & Bronze
  • Men's Masters 4x A-B, C, E- Silver
  • Women's Masters Lightweight 1x- Silver
  • Mixed Masters 2x E-F- Silver

   Congratulations to all athletes that competed at Southeast Regionals making for a very successful weekend of rowing. Coming home with all that hardware always makes the drive home a little better no matter how tired you are. Check back soon for updates on the upcoming USRowing Master's Nationals in Camden New Jersey where several members of the Nashville Rowing team will be heading to compete.

2015: Harpeth Hall Joins the Nashville Rowing Family

June and August saw the start of Harpeth Hall's team camps for rowing with Coach Eric and Coach Cory. While the Harpeth Hall program has been rowing on Percy Priest for several years, this would mark the first one that they would be working with the Nashville Rowing family. We are excited with the addition of so many ladies to the program that are eager to learn and will be able to foster a growing passion for rowing in the coming months. The HH ladies will make an immediate impact on all levels of the Women's program, and the number of novices means exciting work for years to come!

Along with the Harpeth Hall rowers came a very generous donation to their program of a brand new Vespoli 4+, the "Lux Et Velocitus." The chance to utilize their amazing athletic facilities, most prominently in the winter months, will take the whole Juniors program to a new level of training, and will hopefully make for our best spring season to date! We look forward to all the development, speed, and fast races to come with Harpeth Hall. Welcome to the Nashville Rowing family!

2015: Women's Youth 4+ Places 10th at Youth Nationals

Sarasota, FL - The Nashville Juniors Rowing Women's Youth 4+ arrived early in Sarasota, FL for the 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships to acclimate to the heat, practice on the course, and continue getting in tune with each other and their rowing shell. This, 2015, was the first appearance of Nashville Rowing at Youth Nationals, and an exciting one in our second year of existence. The five athletes racing (Caroline Lawrence [cox], Eden Norris [bow], Aine McGinn [2], Michele Holtkamp [3], and Abigail Tarquinio [stroke]) and their alternate (Madeline Quinby) were especially motivated to perform well this year after barely missing qualification in 2014 as novices in the Varsity 4+ event by just 1.67 seconds. That motivation proved useful as the boat of young ladies won the USRowing Southeast Regionals, and cementing their continuation of training for 5 more weeks leading into Nationals.

Over the three days of racing, the Nashville Juniors Rowing Women's Youth 4+ placed second in their heat, second in their repechage, and then fifth in their semi-final, before earning fourth in the B Final, placing them 10th overall. The entire Nashville Rowing family tuned in at home over the live-feed and constantly expressed support and excitement throughout the tough racing.

"We are very happy with how well the young ladies performed this year. I would have liked to peak better after Regionals and coming into Nationals but the boat handled the fast field very well," Head Coach Eric Gehrke expressed, "they put their minds on a goal and achieved it over a short period of time, considering two years ago our program didn't even exist. Our goals now are even higher for 2016 and beyond, and I am excited to coach them towards those plans."

For graduating senior captain, Caroline Lawrence, the performance was exactly how she wanted to leave the program, as she knows her legacy with her younger boat mates is to aim high and break down walls. Her, and the rest of our growing group of alumni, are excited to see what Nashville Juniors Rowing can do in the years to come.

2015: Two Juniors Represent USA in 2015

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.

Articles about the Junior National Team's success in Rio on ThursdayFriday, and Saturday are linked.

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."

2015: Nashville Juniors Southeast Regional Championships

On Thursday May 7th the athletes arrived in Gainesville, GA for the 2015 Southeast Youth Championships. For many it was their first time at a regional championship, and for some they would be returning after racing in Sarasota a year ago.

Practicing on the course Friday allowed the crews to get a feel for the course and work out their race plans accordingly. They also got a taste of the high heat that we hadn't felt in Nashville for some time.


Saturday morning would bring the start to a weekend of exciting racing with the Women's Youth 2- taking first place in their heat with the fastest time out of all the boats qualifying for the final. The Women's Varsity 4+ would come down the course next, again winning their heat with the fastest qualifying time, and a commanding 14 second lead over 2nd place in their heat. The Men's Varsity 4+ continued the trend by winning their heat to move on to the semi finals in a strong position with a 5 second lead over the second place boat.

Next to come down the course would be the novice boats. The Women's Novice 4+ won their heat by 15 seconds, earning them a spot in the semi-finals with several fast boats out of the other heats. The Men's Novice 4+, came from lane 1 and overtook a very competitive field to win their heat as well by 7 seconds. After some issues at the start line and a petition to the Head Referee by Coach Eric, the Women's 2V 4+ was granted a spot in the finals in Lane 7, and a challenge to prove that they deserved to be their.


The Men's Varsity 4+ would have the first semi of the day, which included 5 of the fastest times from the morning heats. Despite a strong race, the Nashville boys were narrowly edged out by Atlanta for the 3rd qualifying spot. The next semi of the afternoon was the Women's Novice 4+. The girls would quicklyseparate themselves from the pack with Miami to take 2nd by almost 20 seconds over the 3rd place boat. The Novice Men's 4+ ended Nashville's racing for Saturday by again proving that they came to Georgia to race, taking 1st place in their semi in a fight with Triangle Rowing. Entering Sunday's racing Nashville Rowing would have 4 out of 5 boats qualified for their respective grand finals.

Grand Finals

   Sunday would start off with a final anticipated by many for 365 days. After finishing 1.67 seconds out of qualifying for Nationals last year, the Women's Varsity 4+ pulled up to the start line ready for a different outcome. The Nashville boat blew down the course taking a move to break free from Miami and the field to take 1st place by 5 seconds and with it an automatic bid to Youth Nationals!

The Women's Novice 4+ was up next, and would find themselves coming into the last 500 meters 3 across with Miami and Asheville Youth. In the epitome of a photo finish, the Nashville 4+ took 3rd to Asheville by .016 seconds. It was without a doubt the hardest they had been pushed all season, and we look forward to seeing them line up again a year from now at Southeast Regionals again.

The Men's Novice 4+ found themselves in one of the tightest grouped finals of the day, with many of the qualifying times only a second or two apart from each other. Having earned their spot in Lane 3, the novice boys would race down to the wire, being edged out by Atlanta in the last few meters, still earning 4th place when all was said and done.

Out to prove their place in the finals, the Women's 2V 4+ came out of the gates hot in lane 7. As they neared the final 250 meters and the cheers grew louder, the ladies opened their lead to a commanding 13 seconds to take 1st place. A fitting end to this boat's season!

This was without a doubt a proud weekend for the whole Nashville Rowing family. The cheers from our athletes, families, friends and coaches echoed across the finish line, and no doubt hearing "We are, Nashville!" breathed some fire into the legs of our rowers as they entered their sprint. Now it is on to Nationals for the Women's Varsity 4+!

Southeast Regionals Lineups

Women's Youth 2-: (2) A. Tarquinio, (1) M. Holtkamp

Women's Varsity 4+: (cox) C. Lawrence, (4) A. Tarquinio, (3) M. Holtkamp, (2) A. McGinn, (bow) E. Norris

Men's Varsity 4+: (cox) I. Rhinehardt, (4) Owen Cunneely, (3) C. Hullfish, (2) J. Kyne, (bow) A. Hertik

Women's 2nd Varsity 4+: (cox) A. Poindexter, (4) V. Cheij, (3) M. Quinby, (2) E. Frensley, (bow) C. Bearden

Women's Novice 4+: (cox) A. Neville, (4) C. Corcoran, (3) I. Grant, (2) N. Duckworth, (bow) K. Rheins

Men's Novice 4+: (cox) Q. Woodruff, (4) G. Miller, (3) A. Gossett, (2) P. Sloan, (bow) R. Alles

2015: Nashville Rowing Performs at Dogwood Regatta

Oak Ridge, TN (Apr 25-26, 2015) -- Friday morning the Nashville Rowing trailer rolled into Oak Ridge TN to claim our spot for a weekend of racing for the 2015 Dogwood Regatta. The Juniors would be the first to arrive on site to rig and practice on the course, before returning to the hotel to rest before a long day of racing on Saturday. The weather gods smiled on us with great water and none of the previously predicted thunderstorms (making up for TN Sprint Series #3), making for a great day of racing Saturday. Every one of our Junior boat entries posted a time strong enough in their heats to put them into the finals of their respective events. Perhaps the best part of Saturday's racing was the chance to see some highly competitive boats from other clubs that pushed our rowers to race harder than they have all season! The medalling results from Saturday are as follows:

  • Women's Varsity 4+: Bronze
  • Women's 2nd Varsity 4+: Bronze
  • Women's Varsity 2- A: Gold
  • Women's Varsity 2- B: Silver
  • Women's Novice 4+: Gold

After a very windy Saturday evening, the coaches returned to the course for Day #2 of racing. The Masters arrived to beautiful racing conditions to begin their day, and would race everything from singles up to eights. Even though our trailer spot may have been a little on the muddy side, the water was flat, and provided the platform for a lot of strong performances by our Nashville boats. The Masters faced some new competition as well from a number of strong programs, which is exactly what they needed going into the stretch before Masters Southeast Regionals. Now it is just a matter of building on the speed expressed this Sunday in the coming weeks.The medalling results from Sunday are as follows:

  • Mixed Masters 4x: Gold
  • Mixed Masters 2x: Gold
  • Men's Masters 1x: Gold
  • Men's Masters 8+: Gold
  • Men's Masters 4+: Bronze
  • Women's Masters 4+: Bronze
  • Women's Masters 2x: Silver
  • Men's Masters 8+: Silver

Congratulations to all the athletes that came out to put on their Nashville unisuits to race this weekend. A special thanks to all the parents and spectators who cheered everyone on from the shore, you all help to make our family what it is!

2015: The Inaugural Tennessee Sprint Series

This March marks the start of the newly formed Tennessee Sprint Series. The series of races was crafted by the coaches to provide consistent and controllable competition throughout March and April, leading into Dogwood Regatta and Southeast Regionals. The structure was set up to give each of the four TN Rowing programs (Nashville Rowing, Chattanooga Juniors, ETRO, and Atomic Rowing) the opportunity to host one weekend of a 4 weekend progression of races as their training plans build towards championship racing. Each weekend offers a slightly different format allowing each program the ability to race athletes across boat classes and begin to approach the boatings that will race at Dogwood and beyond.  With regular race results going up on Row2k, we hope to continue growing the sport of rowing in our region both in visibility and competitiveness.

With each weekend, several other programs joined in for the racing. This included Masters from Lookout Mountain, ORRA, and Rocket City, as well as Juniors from The McCallie School, Rocket City, and The Baylor School. With a large volume of races, it has been great to get athletes racing across multiple boat classes, and against consistent competition. Below are links to the results to the first two weekends of the Sprint Series, but please be sure to check back for updates wrapping up of The Tennessee Sprint Series in the coming weeks!

TN Sprint Series #1

Hosted by ETRO @ The Clinton Boathouse outside Knoxville,TN

2000 meter Time Trial Format

TN Sprint Series #2

Hosted by Chattanooga Juniors @ Chattanooga,TN

1500 meter format for Juniors, 1000 meter format for Masters

TN Sprint Series #3

Cancelled due to weather

TN Sprint Series #4

Hosted by Atomic Juniors @ Oak Ridge, TN

2000m for Juniors, 1000m for Masters Championship-style buoyed course

No mud would keep us from getting to TN Sprint Series #1, even when the truck couldn't pull the trailer out! (Row2k Photo of the Day)


2015: Nashville Rowing Debuts at CRASH B's

On Sunday March 1st, Abby Tarquinio, Michele Holtkamp and Anne Campbell joined the 2,200 other entries at Agannis Arena in Boston, MA for the C.R.A.S.H. -B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships. As the name implies, this event included athletes from around the globe as well as across the country! 

For Nashville Rowing, and all three of these ladies, this was a first time experience racing at this event. All 3 had competed and won gold in their respective events at the Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships earlier this winter, and the prospect of expanding their competition was an exciting one. A great deal of training and preparation went into the days and weeks leading up to the moment they sat down on those ergs in Boston on Sunday, and all 3 came to race. Many of our greater rowing family watched the live stream of the races from here in Nashville, and we are all proud of how Abby, Michele and Anne represented themselves! Below are their results along with the links to the the official pages. Replays of the races can be found here.


Junior Women

Junior Lightweight Women

Lightweight Open Women

2015: Nashville Rowing Takes Home Juniors and Club Points Trophies at TN Indoor Championships

Racing started early on Saturday morning for Nashville Rowing at the TN Indoor Championships, and continued late into the afternoon with strong performances across the board. After several months hard erg training, it was great to be able to compete with athletes outside our usual training family. With 25 medals overall, and 44 PRs it would be an understatement to say that the coaches were all proud to be wearing Nashville Rowing's colors all day. Congrats to the medal winners below, and to all the athletes who made the trip to put down their best on the erg this weekend!


  • Marney Hardin: Gold in Never Ever Women
  • Steve Cook: Gold in Never Ever Men
  • Anne Campbell: Gold in Masters Women
  • Jennifer Cheij: Bronze in Veteran Women
  • Laura Kovar: Bronze in Masters Women
  • Nashville Rowing: Silver in Club Team Relay


  • Clint Regen (St. Bernard's MS): Gold in Youngsters 4 min Row
  • Abraham Cheij (Overbrook MS): Silver in Youngsters 4 min Row
  • Michael McCaughey - Bronze in Youngsters 4 min Row
  • Christian Cook (John Paul II HS)- Bronze in Youth Men (17-19)
  • Owen Cunneely (Brentwood HS)- Gold in Youth Men (15-16)
  • James Kyne (Hume Fogg Magnet School)- Bronze in Youth Men (15-16)
  • Abigail Tarquinio (Saint Cecilia Academy)- Gold in Youth Women (15-16)
  • Aine McGinn (Saint Cecilia Academy)- Bronze in Youth Women (15-16)
  • Michele Holtkamp (Brentwood HS)- Gold in Youth Lightweight Women
  • David Clevenger (Brentwood HS)- Silver in Youth Lightweight Men
  • Aslan Gossett (Homeschool)- Gold in Youth Men (12-14)
  • Grant Miller (Hume Fogg Magnet School)- Silver in Youth Men (12-14)
  • Henry Field (Hume Fogg Magnet School)- Bronze in Youth Coxswain Men
  • Quinn Cunneely (Brentwood MS)- Gold in Middle School Boys 1k
  • Lucas Quinby (Homeschool)- Silver in Middle School Boys 1k
  • Cameron Hagely- Bronze in Middle School Boys 1k
  • Grace Denunzio (JT Moore MS)- Gold in Middle School Girls 1k
  • Alexis Franklin (Brentwood MS)- Silver in Middle School Girls 1k
  • Hallie Collins (Brentwood MS)- Bronze in Middle School Girls 1k
  • Nashville Rowing- Bronze in Youth Team Relay

Overall Points Trophies:

  • Youth Team Points Champions
  • Club Team Points Champions

Here is the link to the results page on Row2k for official results and times http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=4936526&cat=6#.VND8WlV4oeF


2014: Brentwood High School Starts Rowing Club With Nashville Juniors

January 15, 2015 - After joining the Nashville Rowing Juniors program last year, Eden Norris and Michele Holtkamp saw an opportunity to expand rowing's exposure at Brentwood High School. In order to share the sport they fell in love with last year with their classmates, the girls decided to form a Rowing Club at BHS. After the club's initial meeting, the girls also set up a Learn-to-Row day to give those that expressed interest the chance to see what being in a boat was all about.

The article posted on the Williamson County School inFocus website in mid-December followed the path that Eden and Michele took to share their rowing passion with their classmates. Hit the link below to read about how they formed the BHS Rowing Club and continue to spread the word to get more and more new faces out on the water:

Davidson County Article about Brentwood High School & Rowing