DEL DUCA CHOOSES BUCKNELL: Ramapo senior Mia Del Duca has committed to Bucknell, where she plans to compete for the women’s crew team.

Del Duca played softball and volleyball for the Green Raiders before taking up rowing in 2010, competing with the Elmwood Park-based New York Rowing Association. She liked the sport so much that she gave up playing for Ramapo to dedicate herself to it.

Del Duca earned the stroke seat in the club’s top varsity quad boat, winning a gold medal at the North American Junior National B event in Saratoga, N.Y. last spring. She also was named the club’s most improved rower by the coaching staff. 

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NYC Rowing News Nov-Dec, 2011 - New York City Crew's Official Newsletter

Though Fall Rowing is over for the year, stay in touch and updated with the going ons 
throughout the winter at NYRA! We are planning a number of fun events, and projects to continue 
on our fundraising mission as well as to strengthen the bond of our growing community.  We plan on 
using this Winter to be extremely productive!

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NYRA Alumni meet again at the Rutgers Fall Classic

Ashley Cha left; Christine LaStella right

Past NYRA teammates, Ashley Cha and Christine LaStella meet up at the Rutgers Fall Classic this weekend November 5th on the Raritan River, New Brunswick NJ.  Now on different college crew teams, Ashley rowing for Rutgers, and Christine for The College of New Jersey, both girls still feel the NYRA bond!

NYRA Alumni, Christine LaStella wins first at the Long Island Frostbite

Christine LaStella crossing the finish line first at the Long Island Frostbite, November 5th at Centre Island Beach.  She currently rows at The College of New Jersey. Great job, Christine!

Christine second from the right

Current NJ crew member Lucie Kloak to row in NC on rowing scholarship!

Lucie Kloak a senior at Ridgewood High School has been recuited by UVA, Syracuse and UNC. She has selected UNC at Chapel Hill and will be signing the National Letter of Intent on November 9th.  She  started rowing  for the NY Rowing Program in Elmwood Park in March 2011.

Congratulations Lucie!  

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New York Rowing Alumni wins first place at The Princeton Chase

New York Rowing Alumni and University of Virginia Freshman, Hayley LaFleche coxed her Novice A boat to an impressive first place finish win at The Princeton Chase, Sunday October 30th.  Congratulations Hayley!  

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Alumni wins gold at Tail of the Tiger Regatta

Samantha Hunt second from the left

New York Rowing Alumni, Samantha Hunt, a sophomore marketing major at University of Richmond won the womens varsity 4+ at the Tail of the Tiger in Clemson SC this past weekend, October 15th, 2011.  


New York Rowing Alumni wins at Textile River Regatta

Cesar second on the left

New York Rowing alumni, Cesar DeLara won the Novice 4+ race at the 32nd Annual Textile River Regatta on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 on the Merrimac River, Lowell MA for Wesleyan University. Cesar is currently a freshman studying economics and government.

Great job Cesar!

New York Rowing Masters race at Head of the Charles October 22nd 2011

Congratulations should be extended to Clem and Alex for a successful race this last weekend at the Head of the Charles.

They raced in the Men's Championship 2x, registered as Kr Sport Gent/NYRA. Against an incredibly strong field, the two of them made a very strong effort, coming in at 18:26.72, 12.15% off the winners (Tom Graves and Peter Graves, who have now won this event for the past 5 years in a row). This was easily one of the most competitive races of the weekend, where only the next 3 boats were able to automatically qualify for next year's event by finishing within 5% of the Graves'.

As the boats neared the finish line, the announcers were reading off the biographies of the crews and many were accomplished current or former national team crews. It was really impressive to see Clem and Alex holding their own against these big guns and it was both a great cap to the Masters fall season and  a great inspiration for the rest of the team.

New York Masters race at Head of the Passaic October 15th, 2011

This weekend The NYRA masters competed in the Head of the Passaic Regatta hosted by NERIED and PRRA in Lyndhurst, NJ.  In windy and roiling white cap conditions with 1-2 foot swells, sculler David Wiedaseck took 1st place in the Men's Open 1x.  Finishing 33 seconds ahead of second place T. Altrous of Carnegie Lake Rowing association.  NYRA masters Marianne Bers and Marie Greener competed in the Womens 2x, placing second. Robert Browning, Peter Armstrong, Peter Brina, and David Wiedaseck placed 3rd in the masters 4x.  Congratulations!

David Wiedaseck with his medal

New York Masters race at Head of the Housatonic October 8th, 2011

This weekend the masters traveled to Derby Connecticut and raced in the Head of the Housatonic. The Mixed Open double stroked by Michael Broache, and bow by Liz Seward took second place behind Greenwich. They beat New Haven and Mountain lakes by a substantial margin with a time of 20:18. David Wiedaseck rowed the Men's Open 1x event.  Peter Armstrong and Peter Brina rowed the Mens Masters 2x.

Next weekend the masters will be traveling down the Passaic River to race in the Head of the Passaic hosted by PRRA and Nereid.

NYC Rowing News Oct, 2011 - New York City Crew's Official Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of the new NYRA NYC monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy catching up with the current crews, reading about our adventures on the Harlem River, and sharing in our collective love and enthusiasm for the sport of rowing. All members of the NYRA community are welcome to contribute. Please send me any announcements, profiles, fitness tips, comments, etc that you have and they will be included in the next month's issue! 

Happy Rowing,
Kate Mullan

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NYRA Masters at 2011 USRowing Masters National Championships in Oklahoma City

Congratulations to NYRA Masters rowers Fernando Perez Vas and Ignacio Gomez for their gold medal in the AA-A 2-, with a blazing fast time of 3:00:87 this afternoon, at the 2011 USRowing Masters National Championships in Oklahoma City!

Fernando and Ignacio continue to be an inspiration for us.

New York Rowing Welcomes a New Rower!

New York Rowing Master, Lauren and her husband are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Eliana Ruth. She was born at 6:13pm on August 4th and weighs in at 7lbs. 5 ounces.  Everybody is doing great.

From everyone here at New York Rowing: Congratulations Lauren!!!!

NYRA Masters at Canadian Henley

This past weekend the NYRA masters traveled to St. Catherines Ontario to compete in the 129th royal Canadian Henley regatta.  This prestigious event is one of the largest and most significant sprint races in North America.  Attracting 580 Competitors for Sunday's events alone and over 2,800 competitors during the week long event.  This race is a premier event for Juniors, college summer programs, and masters.  David Wiedaseck took 2nd place, 3 seconds behind first in the men's masters A 1x. later in the day David took 2nd place in the men's masters AA 1x. 

New York Rowing Masters at the Independence Day Regatta, July 3rd, 2011

The NYRA masters headed to Philadelphia on July 3 to compete in the Independence Day Regatta, the largest summer club regatta in the United States. NYRA fielded entries in three events—the men’s masters lightweight 1x, the men’s masters 2x, and the women’s masters 2x—and turned in a solid set of performances. In the lightweight 1x, Dave Wiedaseck finished second on the water, although he ended up third in the final standings after the age handicap adjustment. Dave then teamed up with Mike Broache to finish second in the men’s masters 2x. Then, Marianne Bers and Liz Seward closed out the day for NYRA by finishing fifth in the women’s masters 2x. The NYRA masters will be in action several more times this summer, including the Diamond State Masters Regatta in Wilmington, DE, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, ON, and the Carnegie Lake Regatta in Princeton, NJ.

New York Rowing Masters Medal at Catch the Cooper Regatta, June 25th, 2011

Fernando Perez and Ignacio Gomez

The NYRA masters traveled to Camden, NJ for the Catch the Cooper regatta on Saturday, June 25, and turned in several strong performances, including two first-place and three second-place finishes. Fernando Perez and Ignacio Gomez won their flight of the men’s 2x, followed closely in second place by Dave Wiedaseck and Rob Buesing. Fernando and Ignacio were also victorious in the men’s 2-, while Dave also raced in the 1x and turned in a second-place finish in his heat. Rob raced in a separate flight of the men’s 1x, finishing third. In the mixed 2x, the NYRA masters entry of Peter Armstrong and Marianne Bers finished second in their flight. After a successful weekend of racing in New Jersey, the masters will head to Philadelphia next weekend for the Independence Day Regatta, the largest summer club regatta in the United States. The masters are also preparing for several other summer races, including the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta at the end of July.

New York Rowing alumni strokes to win 3rd at IRA!

Sebastian third from the left

New York Rowing alumni, Sebastian Ryan a sophomore at Drexel University stroked the varsity 4+ to a 3rd place finish behind Washington and Brown at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association in Camden NJ on June 2-4th, 2011.  Congratulations Sebastian!

A Growing Year For New York City Squads

New York City Crew team at New York State Championships

The 2010/2011 season was a big year for the growth of the team.  The team began in the fall with new coaches, a total of thirteen experienced rowers and finished the spring season with forty five athletes (only nine of which were no longer within their novice year.)  

Following a winter of record breaking amounts of snow, the team returned to the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse recommitted to gaining speed in the spring racing season.  With a spring squad of forty five, half of whom had never rowed on the water, the coaching staff tackled technical instruction by dividing the athletes into three groups—one group of boys working with Nick Dawe, the girls’ A squad working with Anne Walsworth, and the girls’ B squad working with Kate Mullan.  Each group was very dedicated to improving both their fitness and technique as well as creating an atmosphere of healthy competition, encouragement and respect.

The group attended two regattas this spring, the Saratoga Invitational and New York State Championships, both held in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Saratoga Invitational was the first regatta experience for the majority of our athletes.  The two-day racing format gave several crews the opportunity to race twice.  This gave the athletes the ability to learn from their first race in order to make improvements for the second day of racing.  Most of the crews finished in the middle of the pack and were able to get the true racing experience of going down the course bow ball to ball bow with other boats.

After the first regatta each squad elevated their level of training and re-doubled their commitment.  After racing so many competitive crews the rowers were more aware of the level of competition that would be present at New York State Championships.  

In the days leading up to New York States, the most notable change in the team since August when the fall season began was the expression of team goals.  The New York City rowers were clearly on a mission.  The selection process for the line-ups became more intense and rowers competed to make the best boats.  While the goals differed from boat to boat (to make the grand finals, to beat more than half the other boats, to have perfect balance, to really bring it home in the sprints, etc.) the atmosphere had shifted without a doubt.  The team had transitioned from athletic participants to athletic competitors.  This change was great for the coaches to see, and setting these goals had a huge impact on the racing.  The two most notable finishes at the New York State Championships came from the Novice Boys 8+ and the Girls Senior 8+.

In the boys’ boat, last minute changed forced the crew to roll with the punches and race a new line up, including one of the rowers moving up to the coxswain seat to guide the boat down the course.  The boys put up a great fight and rowed across the finish line looking solid.  In a race of 25 novice boats they finished in tenth place.  Since the qualifying races were run as time trials, sending one boat down the course at a time, the boats were racing the clock—a much more mentally challenging process than lining up and racing other competitors at all at once.

In the girls senior 8+, the New York Rowing lineup consisting of only 3 seniors and including 3 novices, managed to finish the time trials in sixth place our of sixteen crews—a huge accomplishment in racing crews mainly made up of older and more seasoned athletes.

With such young crews the coaching staff was very impressed by the mature training and racing completed by the New York City athletes this season.  We are sad to see our wonderful senior class go, but we wish them only the best and are excited to hear word of all their future successes as they head off to college.  We look forward to working with so many returning athletes next year and are excited to see their level of competitiveness increase as we are able to progress their training.

New York City Senior 8 at New York State Championships

The New York Rowing Parents & Masters Winter Gathering February 26th, 2011

This past Saturday over 40 parents, masters rowers, trustees and supporters gathered for a pleasant evening of conversation, home made food and drinks.  In addition, we had our 50/50 raffle drawing in which the winners received $5,000.00 in prizes. The raffle winners were drawn by our youngest attendee Aaron Hukari, New York Rowing's intern and a member of the New York University Crew team.  A good time was had by all and everyone is excited about the upcoming Spring season.  Go NYRA!

Tough Competition at C.R.A.S.H.-B.s 


On Sunday February 19th, two NYC rowers traveled to Boston to compete in the 30th annuel C.R.A.S.H.-B Indoor Rowing Championship.  

Ally Futterman (’12) and Alexandra Cirone (’13) trekked from frigid New York City to the even colder Boston to erg next to some of the finest and strongest rowers in the world.  The event has become such a popular destination that the races are held in one of Boston University’s large indoor stadiums.  The athletes are divided into categories and then into heats by projected 2k time.  Both Ally and Alex competed in the Open weight Junior Women’s event.  

Athletes were cheered on by a designated coxswain sitting in a folding chair behind their erg as well as several hundred people sitting in the stands.  The level of energy in the stadium was extremely high.  The athletes and spectators created a hugely positive atmosphere for the competition.

An hour before the start time of their event, the girls began warming up, surrounded by other competitors from both local clubs and teams who had traveled across the country or the world to race.

Ally Futterman, a junior, who at the time was still in her novice year of rowing, raced with the goal of breaking 8 minutes for the first time.  With her brother Len, a rower for Boston University, acting as her coxswain, Ally raced a strong piece, finishing in 8:05.6, 130th out of 200 plus competitors.  Ally went on to break this score only six weeks later pulling a 7:56.6.  

Alex Cirone, a sophomore who began rowing only five months prior to the event, had Coach Anne Walsworth as a coxswain and finished her 2k in 7:54.9,  96th of the 200 plus competitors and just shy of breaking her personal record.  Alex also went on to crush her time in the spring season posting the fastest girl’s time in NYC at 7:45.7 over 2000 meters.  

Competing at C.R.A.S.H.-Bs was a great opportunity to get New York Rowing athletes racing against some of the strongest competition out there.  This event will become a tradition for all top New York Rowing athletes.  A job well-done for both Ally and Alex!

To be honest, I've never been more nervous for a sporting even than I was for C.R.A.S.H. B's. I heard about its intense and competitive atmosphere from my coaches, my brother, and many other people that I knew that competed in it in previous years. However, the support and training from my NYRA coaches prepared me to the fullest. They were always there to calm me down and push me harder.  Being at C.R.A.S.H. B's made me feel more like a competitive rower than I had ever before. Along with that competitive nature, I felt right at home with my three coaches cheering on Alex Cirone and me and the BU Men's Crew Team, my brother's team, cheering me on. I fully plan to participate next year and I am looking forward to the hard work that I will endure with my team and with my coaches to prepare. –Ally Futterman (’12) on her experience racing at CRASH-B’s

New Full-time Rowing Director/Head Coach and Part-time Assistant Coach to head up our Elmwood Park Rowing location!

We are pleased to announce new additions to our New York Rowing coaching staff. With the beginning of our Spring Season 2011, Matthew Pearce will join us as Head Coach and Rowing Director of our New Jersey location. Matt Pearce, a graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia, comes to the New York Rowing most recently from Durham University, England where he coached in the Men's High Performance program for Great Britain rowing. Matthew has been involved in rowing for 17 years, 11 as a coach. As a coach Matt is a strong believer that by challenging the athlete to be the best rower they can be, you empower them to excel on and off the water. Over his years of coaching Matt has coached crews to win 5 national titles in 4 different countries (Australia, South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States), won the Head of the Charles, and recently had athletes represent the Great Britain U23 team while winning bronze at the 2010 world championships. He also is apart of the US rowing junior development coaching staff. With his experience working with top international coaches we are excited that Matt has decided to join us at New York Rowing.

Joining Matt in New Jersey will be New York Rowing coaching veteran, Zachary Mondesire.  During most of his four year college career at Columbia University, Zach worked as a part-time assistant coach at our Manhattan rowing location.  He comes from 4 years of rowing with the Episcopal Academy Crew team in Pennsylvania.  Making the move from his home in Pennsylvania to New Jersey after graduation, he has decided to rejoin the New York Rowing family as an assistant coach.

I hope you will join us in welcoming Matt and Zach into the New York Rowing family. 


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