Just one week after the William Smith College varsity eight competed in the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships, Libby Hughes ’14 departed for Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia to continue to pursue her dreams of representing the United States on the World Stage. On Tuesday, June 24, Hughes will compete in the Under 23 World Championship Trials on Mercer Lake in Princeton, N.J.
Since June 9, Hughes has raced her way into stroke seat of the U23 Lightweight Quad that Vesper will be sending to U23 World Championship trials. The finals only race will be held on Tuesday at 8:08 a.m. If Hughes and her teammates win the race, they will punch their ticket to the U23 World Championships in Varese, Italy.
“Libby has always been a technically savvy boat-mover,” said Heron Rowing Head Coach Sandra Chu. “Though one of our smallest athletes, she was the most efficient athlete in our program over several seasons. In addition to her pound-for-pound strength, her small boat rowing has a very elastic and dynamic quality which produces very efficient boat speed. We are so proud of Libby and her achievements this summer.”
Results will also be available on Twitter from @USRowing and online at bigresults.herenow.com/web/races/home.html.
This season, Hughes was a part of the Heron varsity eight that won the petite final at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships. She also won gold at the Liberty League Championship and the New York State Championships and won the petite final at the ECAC NIRC. Hughes was also a member of the 2014 Liberty League Crew of the Year. In 2013, Hughes placed third overall in theU23 Lightweight 1x Trials.