St. Cecilia Academy rising sophomore Abigail Tarquinio and her U.S. teammates won gold medals in both the women’s four and the women’s eight in the 2,000-meter competition at the CanAmMex (Canada, America, Mexico) regatta.
In the women’s race in the four boat the U.S. team crossed the finish line in 7 minutes 13 seconds, comfortably ahead of Canada’s 7:23 and Mexico’s 7:47.
Tarquinio’s U.S. women’s eight boat won handily with an early lead and finishing first with a time of 6:27, Canada finishing at 6:32, and Mexico at 6:47.
Eric Gehrke, head rowing coach for St. Cecilia, Nashville Junior Rowing Association (NJRA), and the CanAmMex men’s team, said, “This regatta is the perfect end to a great novice season for Abigail.”
Under the direction of Gehrke, the men’s four boat and the eight boat also took home gold medals from the CanAmMex regatta.
“Rowing is the ultimate team sport because everyone must be synchronized in order to make the boat go faster, and the whole team was really focused on winning our races. This has been a great summer,” Abigail Tarquinio said.
“We are very excited about Abby’s recent successes in rowing. Her opportunity to train with the Junior Olympic program is a well-deserved award for all of her hard work and hours of dedication,” St. Cecilia Athletic Director Bryan Picklesimer said.
Rowing is a new sport offering at St. Cecilia Academy through a partnership with the NJRA, an organization that hosts youth rowing and holds four interscholastic league races in the spring. Team practices are held at Percy Priest Lake, just 15 miles away from campus.