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Students Row, Row, Row at English Regatta

July 30, 2009 11:45 AM
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Ryan Rivet rrivet@tulane.edu
  

This summer, the Tulane Rowing Association sent two crews of Tulane students to what is called the Wimbledon of rowing, the Henley Royal Regatta and the Henley Women's Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England.

This video, photographed and produced by Ryan Rivet, profiles the preparations of the two-person men's team of Andrew Walker and John Huppi, and the five-person women's crew made up of rowers Caitlan Corgan, Kari Oakman, Kimberly Lewis and Kirstin Heinrich, along with coxswain Joanna Kauffmann. The team, shown training in New Orleans, is coached by Olympic silver medalist Bob Jaugstetter, who called the trip "a great experience for them to go to this hallowed course, that has been going since 1839."



Jaugstetter says he came home pleased at the way his crews rowed. The women made it three rounds before losing to a boat from one of the "English centers of excellence" in rowing.

While the Tulane men lost on the first day, it was to the defending Olympic gold medal team — the British national champions. Jaugstetter was pleased with the way his team rowed, saying with pride that their effort garnered them a round of applause from a "very knowledgeable" crowd at the regatta.