Elaine Tierney earns a spot on the United States Senior National Rowing Team

WINDSOR WEST, NJ – Elaine Tierneywho was a member for five years of the Temple University women’s rowing university eight, earned a berth on the United States Senior National Team Friday at the USRowing Summer Nationals held in Mercer Lake.

Tierney, competing for the Vesper Boat Club, teamed with Solveig Imsadahl to win the lightweight women’s pair, earning the national championship and a spot on this year’s world championship team. Tierney becomes Temple’s first female rower to compete for the United States Senior National Team since Jana Heere earned a berth on the 2007 team competing in the lightweight doubles.

“It was definitely a hard and well-worked race,” said Tierney. “We knew the other crew was fast and at near top speed with their Under-23 World Championship in just a few weeks. We stayed in-house and focused on our shots like we do in training. That helped us to take the lead in the first 500 meters to start and be in a good position to respond well to the final sprint of the other crew.

I am delighted to be able to make my first senior team just one year with the U23s and to return to Račice. My buddy partner, Solvieg, and I are ready to get down to the hardest work and see how much speed we can produce before September.”

A native of West Chester, Pa. (Unionville HS), Tierney, who competed on the U.S. U23 National Rowing Team in 2021, was a five-year member of the Owls’ Varsity Eight boat and was a second-team selection all-AAC in 2022. She was also named the program‘s 2018 Newcomer of the Year and in 2020 the Temple’s Female Athlete of the Year.

“I’m beyond proud of Lanie and excited for her,” said the Temple women’s rowing coach. Rebecca Grzybowski. “Winning the opportunity to represent your country on the world stage is a massive achievement and the direct result of hard work, commitment and resilience. It has been inspiring to support Lanie’s growth as She was setting big goals and celebrating her accomplishments along the way. I look forward to continuing to cheer her on at the World Championships!”

The 2022 World Championships team that will race in September in Racice, Czech Republic.

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