Elaine Tierney deserves a spot on the US senior rowing national team
WEST WINDSOR, NJ – Elaine Tierneywho was a member of the for five years Temple University Women’s Rowing Varsity Eight earned a spot on the US Senior National Team at Friday’s USRowing Summer National Championships, held at Mercer Lake.
Tierney, who competes for Vesper Boat Club, teamed with Solveig Imsadahl to win the women’s lightweight doubles, capture the national championship and a spot on this year’s world championship team. Tierney is the first rower from Temple to compete for the US seniors national team since Jana Heere secured a spot on the team in 2007 when she competed in the lightweight doubles.
“It was definitely a hard fought and well-worked race,” said Tierney. “We knew the other crew was fast and close to top speed in their U23 World Championship in just a few weeks. We stayed internal and focused on our shots like we do in practice. This helped us to take the lead for the first 500m from the start and be in a good position to respond well to the other crew’s final sprint.
I am overjoyed that in just one year I can turn the U23 into my first senior national team and return to Račice. My couples partner Solvieg and I are ready to get down to the harder work and see how much more speed we can produce before September.”
The one from West Chester, Pa. A native of Unionville HS, Tierney, who competed on the 2021 U.S. Under-23 national rowing team, was a boat member of the Owls’ Varsity Eight for five years and was a 2022 senior team All-AAC selection. She also became a rookie of the 2018 program and was the 2020 Temple Women’s Rowing Athlete of the Year.
“I’m extremely proud of Lanie and happy for her,” said Temple’s women’s rowing coach Rebecca Grzybowski. “Being given the opportunity to represent your country on the world stage is a tremendous achievement and the direct result of hard work, dedication and resilience. Supporting Lanie’s growth while setting big goals and celebrating her achievements has been inspirational. I can’t wait to continue cheering for her at the Worlds!”
The 2022 World Cup squad, set to compete this September in Racice, Czech Republic.