Former Deerfield Academy star Claire Collins rowing for U.S. at Olympic Games

Staff Writer
Published: 7/26/2021 5:51:54 PM
Modified: 7/26/2021 5:51:57 PM

Deerfield Academy has long been a powerhouse on the national rowing scene, and alumni have consistently found their way onto international waters.

Count Claire Collins as the most recent former Big Green rower to make waves on the big stage.

Collins, who graduated from DA in 2015, is showcasing her abilities in Tokyo as a member of the U.S. Olympic rowing team. The 24-year old is competing in the U.S. women’s four event, which is making its return to the Olympic slate for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The McLean, Virginia native was a three-time All-American at Princeton following her graduation from Deerfield. She was nominated for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year in 2019, following a prep school career where she won the 2014 and 2015 New England Rowing Championships.

In Tokyo, Collins is competing with teammates Madeleine Wanamaker, Kendall Chase and Grace Luczak. The Games began with the quartet finishing fourth place in their opening heat on Friday, and they followed that with a fifth-place showing in the repechage on Sunday, which is where the fastest finishers who failed to win heats compete for a place in the final.

They’ve got one more race left as a quartet in Tokyo, and they’ll race against boats from Romania, Canada and Denmark in the B Heat Finals on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. CNBC is scheduled to have rowing coverage.

While the U.S. won’t have a chance to medal after failing to qualify for the A Final, they are staying positive entering their final race at the Games.

“We took what we learned from the heat and executed what we wanted to execute in the rep,” said Chase, who is from Evergreen, Colo. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough to put us in the place that we wanted to be in. But from the boat standpoint, we’ve definitely taken the steps forward that we wanted to. We were racing against the fastest of the fast and the best in the world and I’m proud of us. It’s hard when a good race and your best isn’t good enough to put you where you want to be. But, I couldn’t be prouder of these women. They laid it all out there, and we still have one more race to go. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

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