BY LAUREN DEMPSEY
Because of early morning practices out on the cold water, crew isn’t a sport for everyone. But for senior Tyler Clickner, it just felt right from the moment he started.
Clickner tried many sports when he was younger but nothing felt as natural as rowing.
He is currently a member of the Rye Garnets Varsity Crew Team.
At the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta held at Mercer Lake, N.J., Clickner placed in all three of his races, winning two gold medals and one silver. In his initial race, the Men’s Varsity Double, he, while rowing in the stroke seat, teamed up with Michael Batal and finished first. In the Men’s Second Varsity Eight, Clickner and his teammates finished second in a very tightly-contested race. He followed that up with a first-place finish in the Men’s Varsity Quad.
Coach Stanley Nelson was impressed with the performance of his senior rower.
“Tyler raced three times that day which was more than anyone else on the team,” he said. “Tyler’s has been a longtime member of the team and it was great to see him have such a successful day.”
Teammate Liam Wilson agreed.
“Tyler is an incredible athlete and skilled rower,” Wilson said. “He is the picture of sportsmanship and his upbeat attitude keeps our team going through tough times.”
This is Clickner’s fourth year on varsity. The team will work out over the winter and begin to race again in the spring.
But Clickner is also active out of the water. He is an honor roll student, was named a Class of 2016 Scholar and is a member of the Bread of Life Club, an organization that helps to feed the hungry and homeless of Westchester.