Rigby, Christensen and Clauson Named Jumbo Athletes of the Week

Junior Tilly Rigby and freshman Elle Christensen of the women's tennis team and senior Travis Clauson of the golf team were named Jumbos Athletes of the Week today. 


Rigby and Christensen combined to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England doubles title Friday through Sunday (Oct. 1-3) at Bowdoin College. Seeded second in the event, they had a first-round bye and then won five matches over the three days to earn the championship. Their round of 32 win came against Ashley Teng and Yuka Perera from MIT 8-5. The Jumbo duo advanced through the round of 16 by walkover versus Williams’ Erica Ekstrand and Katherine Orgielewicz. Into the quarterfinals, they eliminated Bhakti Parwani and Sabrina Loui of Brandeis 8-4. On the final day, the Tufts pair earned a championship berth with an 8-5 victory over Middlebury’s Claudia Miller-Sahana Raman combo. Facing Sasha Gaeth and Kristina Yu from Wesleyan in a best-of-three final, the Jumbo tandem prevailed 6-4, 6-4. The win earns Rigby and Christensen a trip to the ITA Cup, where they will compete for a fall national championship starting October 14 in Georgia.




Clauson shot a three-under par 69 to lead host Tufts to a convincing victory at the Jumbo Golf Day event at Sandy Burr Country Club on Saturday. The Jumbos’ four-best scores totaled to 286 strokes, 23 ahead of second-place Amherst College. Clauson’s 69 topped the field of 23 golfers and was two strokes better than teammates Mac Bredahl and Jack Meehan, who shot 71’s to tie for second place. It is tied for his best round ever and is his best college round by five shots. His front nine included three birdies and six pars to shoot 33 (-3). His back nine was fairly steady with a single bogey and birdie on the first seven. Then, he made an excellent up and down on 17 to get to -4. However, on 18 he carried the ball over the green, into the fescue, but went on to save bogey and finish at 69 (-3). His short game and putting were outstanding, as he finished with a personal low 25 putts.