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Sitting in the seventh seat of the U.S. women’s eight boat in Aiguebelette, France, Tessa Gobbo ’13 helped her country take the gold at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in September. The women finished 2.87 seconds ahead of second-place New Zealand. With the victory, the tenth straight global title for the women’s eight, the boat qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Gobbo, a New Hampshire native and a sociology concentrator at Brown, also won gold in the women’s four boat at the World Rowing Championships in 2013 and 2014.

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Courtesy Tessa Gobbo

 





Comments (1)
12/09/15
 
Since I used to be a crew coach, I always look at the 7-person in any race involving 8-oared shells whether in actuality or in video. The stroke (#8) can do no wrong. Everybody follows her or him. But # 7 can't even see # 8's oar. So # 7 has to be very, very good. That at least was my coaching philosophy. 
 
I am so proud that the Brown rowing program has helped develop athletes like Tessa, who was totally consistent in this great race for the world championship so much fun to watch in the video linked here. When we first started rowing at Brown, the coach was so drunk that one day he dropped his electric megaphone in the Seekonk. And the whole varsity quit the day after we, the freshmen, beat them for the first time. 
 
We've come a long way, baby.
 
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