Friends of Niskayuna Rowing (FNR)
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NEWS: Board of Directors Meeting: Thurs 4/17,7pm at Nisky High

Successful Garage Sale Fundraiser!

Thank you to all our parents and rowers who volunteered their time, items, baked goods and labor to make our garage sale fundraiser a terrific success! Thanks to your efforts, our bake sale, bottle drive and garage sale exceeded our fundraising goal! THANK YOU!


Niskayuna Rowing Hosts Mohawk Meltdown Indoor Rowing Competition

On Saturday, March 1, 2014 Niskayuna Rowing will host the
1st Annual MOHAWK MELTDOWN
Indoor Rowing Competition!

Events are scheduled for adults, youths (grades 4-12) and relay teams. Visit Mohawk Meltdown website for more details and to register.

Niskayuna Varsity Boys and Girls Earn NYSSRA Scholar/Athlete Honor

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association recently announced the high school rowing teams and clubs recognized as Fall 2013 NYSSRA Scholar/Athlete Teams. Local students were among those honored.

Niskayuna Rowing's Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys teams, led by coaches David Buckner and Michael Gilbert, respectively, earned Scholar/Athlete Team status. Rowers honored are: Stephanie Acquario, Jillian Armenia, Alexandra Cammarene, Julia Cutler, Danielle Duguid, Aparna Dutta, Alexandra Guest, Trena Jones, Precious King, Irene Kulbida, Gabrielle Lambeth, Mackenzie Meade, Rea Mittal, Sophia Mrazik, Rachel Padula, Julia Sinkus, Anne Stoessel, Clare Struzzi, and Sophie Wisoff;; Noah Chaskin, Stephen Davenport, Seth Farkas, Kevin Koste, Liam McGrinder, Matthew Mizbani, Jair Oballe, Colin Ryan, Gideon Schmidt and Kees VandenBerg.

The NYSSRA Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program was created to acknowledge the academic achievements of New York State's scholastic rowers. Implemented in 2009 and awarded at the end of each spring and fall season, the program recognizes nominated varsity high school teams and clubs that meet certain criteria, including a team grade point average of 90.000% or above during the current competitive season. View the NYSSRA press release.



Hannaford BBQ Fundraiser Fall 2013... Success!

Niskayuna Rowing's Fall Fundraiser was held at the Hannaford on Consaul Rd, on Sunday September 22nd. Thank you to all parents and rowers who volunteered to make this event a success!

NCSD REINSTATES Daily Bus for High School Rowers to Boathouse - Fall 2013

Today Niskayuna Rowing was informed that the daily bus from high school to boathouse for practice WILL BE provided for our student athletes! Niskayuna Rowing greatly appreciates the District's reinstatement of this bus route.

Previous news item: Niskayuna Rowing has just been informed that the Niskayuna Central School District will not provide a bus for daily transport of rowers from the high school to the boathouse during this fall season. This unanticipated change is the result of additional budget cuts and decisions made by the Athletic Director. Daily bus runs from middle schools to boathouse are not impacted and will continue. Niskayuna Rowing was informed and expects that all daily buses, from middle school to boathouse and from high school to boathouse, will be available to transport our rowers for the Spring 2014 season.

For the past two seasons the majority of our high school rowers have run from the high school to the boathouse to start practices. This method of accessing the boathouse will continue this fall season for our high school rowers. Rowers who have their own cars may opt to drive to the boathouse.

When running, our rowers are instructed to follow a path along Orchard Park Drive to St Joseph Drive where they cross River Road to access the bike path. In addition, our rowers are instructed to depart and run as a group. A buddy system will be implemented to ensure no one runs alone. Current practice is for the slower rowers to head off before the rest of the team to ensure everyone arrives at the boathouse at approximately the same time. Coaches collect and transport backpacks, instruments and other items from the students using the Crew Truck. Rowers that are unable to run will need to carpool or obtain an alternate ride to attend practice. Per district policy, students are not allowed to be transported in the Niskayuna Rowing truck.

Niskayuna Rowing will continue to work with the district to identify alternatives and ensure that daily practice buses are available this spring.


Niskayuna Rowing to Canadian Henley Regatta
KOSTE TAKES GOLD IN MENS U17 SINGLE!

CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin Koste for winning the gold medal in the Mens U17 Single at the 2013 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta! Kevin finished first in a field of 52.

Niskayuna Rowing competed in ten events at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta over the past week. Our 12 student athletes competed alongside 2,065 other boats with juniors to masters from 137 international clubs.

Niskayuna Rowing reached the semi-finals in 6 other events: U19 Mens Single (M. Rotondi), U17 Mens Quad (C. Ryan/R. Duffy/S. Davenport/K. Koste), U19 Womens Single (A. Torcivia), U19 Womens Double (A. Torcivia/T. Jones), U17 Womens Quad (R. Padula/G. O'Hara/K. Molina/A. Stoessel) and U19 Womens Quad (R. Padula/ A. Stoessel/A. Torcivia/ T. Jones). Congratulations to all our rowers and coaches!

Want to track their performance? See the Results page.



Niskayuna Rowing to US Rowing Club Nationals
KOSTE TAKES GOLD IN MENS JR B SINGLE!

CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin Koste for winning the gold medal in the Mens Junior B 1X final today! Kevin finished first in a field of 39, leading time trials, semi-finals and this morning's final race!

Niskayuna Rowing competed in seven events at the US Rowing Club Nationals Championship. Our nine student athletes joined 1,396 other rowers from 96 clubs across the country at the championship regatta in Camden, NJ this week.

Niskayuna Rowing also made the semi-finals for Womens Junior A 4x, Womens Junior B 2x and Mens Junior B 2x. Congratulations to all our rowers and coaches!

Want to track their performance? See the Results page.


Niskayuna Coxswain, Ally Mayo, signs National Letter of Intent with Buffalo

This past Friday, June 11, Ally Mayo was found sitting in Principal John Rickert's office, an unfamiliar place for Ally at Niskayuna High School. The reason for this visit was to recognize Ally as she signed a National Letter of Intent (LOI) to row for the University at Buffalo. These letters are signed in the spring by athletes all over the country as they commit to their respective institutions. This is a significant event in a young athlete's life, and to show this importance, Principal Rickert had Ally "Officially" sign the LOI document in his office. During the signing photos were taken with other LOI signers, their parents and coaches.

Congratulations Ally! A link to the University of Buffalo's mentioning Ally as one of 7 rowers signing Letters of Intent for the upcoming 2013-2014 season can be found here.


Niskayuna's Ally Mayo signs her LOI to row at University of Buffalo while Program Director and Girls Head Coach, David Buckner, looks on.

It's a wrap! 2013 Section 2 Modified Rowing League Championship marks end of Spring season

** Detailed results available here.**

This past Friday and Saturday Niskayuna hosted the annual Section 2 Modified Rowing League Championship. Over the course of the two day event over 250 middle school age rowers from 8 different programs competed for the title of Section 2 champion. There were over 25 events with the smaller boats, singles and doubles, being on Friday and the larger quads races being held on Saturday. The weather was great for racing, and the sun shined bright on both days. Hopefully a liberal amount of sun screen was applied.

With the help of a small army of volunteers Niskayuna was able to provide a great racing experience for the competitors. We had volunteers parking cars, acting as crossing guards, selling T-Shirts, doing all of the race officiating, and cooking a huge end of the day BBQ for all of the event participants. With out our great volunteer base here at Niskayuna, none of this would have been possible. The Middle School rowers from VA and Iroquois represented Niskayuna proudly this weekend with a nice tally of Medals to bring home.

Over the course of the championship Niskayuna had 5 bronze medal finishes, 7 silver, and 4 gold! The future of Niskayuna Rowing looks bright. It is really great seeing the success of our younger athletes in these kinds of events. Their hard work and dedication to their team has paid off. Our Modified coaches are a class act, and from the results of this weekend you can see that they are great at what they do. Thank you to all that made this such a great weekend.

- David Buckner, Program Director

Niskayuna Rowing Open House & Learn To Row

Niskayuna Rowing will be holding its annual open house with tours of the boathouse, indoor rowing machine instruction and the opportunity to try rowing on the Mohawk River! The open house will be from 1-3pm on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Come down and learn about the sport of rowing. This open house is for all ages so bring the kids! Aqueduct Rowing Club will host Learn To Row activities for adults while Niskayuna Rowing will host activities for kids 18 and under.

Come down to the boathouse to watch our middle school rowers compete in the Modified Championships starting at 9am. A memorial dedication ceremony honoring Karen Kast will be held at noon. Come down and experience Niskayuna Rowing! See Daily Gazette story


SRAA Scholastic Championships Regatta Results

Niskayuna brings 36 rowers to the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships in Camden, NJ.

This past weekend four boats from Niskayuna competed at the Scholastic National Championships held in Camden, NJ. Crews from all over the country were represented at the Scholastic National Championships. Each event took the top 24 teams from local qualifying regattas around the country, and let them face off to compete for the title of Scholastic National Champion. Niskayuna competed in the Girls Varsity Eight, the Girls 2nd Varsity eight, Girls Junior Varsity 8, and the Boy's Freshman eight. Racing at the highest level, Niskayuna was represented well by the 36 athletes that competed in the four different events. With a lot of close racing over the weekend, teams definitely know Niskayuna's name. While none of our boats came away this weekend with a medal, Niskayuna has definitely entrenched itself as on of the Nation's top Scholastic programs.

Results from the Scholastic National Championship can be found at: https://www.sraa.net/2013-results/


NiskaDay 2013!

Niskayuna's Modified Rowers represented us yet again, marching in the NiskaDay parade and staffing a very popular tent at the event grounds.

Thank you to Tammy Molina for organizing the FNR tent! Thanks to Coaches Mark, Sabrina and Molly for marching and leading the modified team. Thanks to all other volunteers who helped make this a success and present Niskayuna Rowing to the community.


Stotesbury Cup Regatta

Niskayuna sent 6 varsity boats and 49 rowers to Philadelphia for the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Held on the Schuykill River, this regatta is the worlds oldest and largest high school rowing competition. This year over 5600 student athletes will compete.
GOOD LUCK NISKY ROWERS!

Girls Freman Eight Friday Time Trial: 33 of 34, 5:58.38 (+0:30 Failure to Yield)
Girls Junior Eight Friday Time Trial: 9 of 46, 5:14:33
    Saturday Semi-Final: 3 of 6, 5:15.00 (7 of 18 time across all 3 semis)
Boys Ltwt Eight Friday Time Trial: 13 of 16, 4:51.53
Girls Second Eight Friday Time Trial: 17 of 22, 5:26.07
Boys Senior Quad Friday Time Trial: 7 of 17, 4:54.04 - TO SEMI FINALS
    Saturday Semi-Final: 5 of 6, 5:04.32 (10 of 12 time across 2 semis)
Girls Senior Eight Friday Time Trial: 14 of 37, 5:05.60 - TO SEMI FINALS
    Saturday Semi-Final: 3 of 6, 5:18.56 (13 of 18 time across all 3 semis)

Detailed results here.

NY State Championship Regatta Results

Congratulations to all Niskayuna rowers who competed this weekend at Saratoga!
Niskayuna's rowers earned spots in several final races on Sunday including:
** Regatta results can be found here**.

Sectional Regatta and Junior B/C Regatta Results

From Dave Buckner, FNR Program Director:
"I just wanted to express to all of you how absolutely proud I was of our team this past weekend. Our kids raced well, we visited the awards tent a lot, and our food tent was great! We saw a lot of red and silver in the front of the pack this weekend. I was at the food tent quite a bit this past weekend, and it was definitely the place to be. There was a large group of parents and rowers cheering on our team as they rowed by. Thank you to all that contributed to the spread that was offered through out the weekend. Thanks to the tail gate style atmosphere we had some pretty tasty things being cooked up.

Let's keep up this spirit going into this next weekend. The New York State Championships are gearing up to be a good weekend for Niskayuna! Saturday and Sunday will be filled with a lot of racing, so let's get together at the food tent this weekend and cheer on our Warriors! Mod parents, you are more than welcome to come and watch the High School crews blaze down the course in their pursuit of a state championship. Go NISKY!

** Photos of Niskayuna Rowers can be found at the FNR Facebook page**.

Section 2 Championships

Girls Varsity Double - Gold
Boy's Senior Quad - 4th in Final
Boy's Freshman Quad - Silver
Boys 2nd Varsity Eight - Silver
Girls 3rd Varsity Eight - Gold
Girls 2nd Varsity Eight - Silver
Girls 1st Varsity Eight - Silver

Junior B/C Championships

Girls 8th Grade Single (Kat Molina) - Silver
Boys 7th Grade Double - Bronze
Girls 7th Grade Quad - Bronze and 5th in Final
(two boats made the final!)
Boys 7th grade Quad - Silver, Bronze and 5th in Final
(three boats made the final!)
Girls 8th Grade Quad - Silver
Boys 8th Grade Quad - 5th in Final
Girls 7th and 8th Grade Eight - Gold
Girls Freshman Four (our 7th and 8th grade girls) - Bronze
Girls Freshman Eight (our 7th and 8th grade girls) - Bronze
Boys Freshman Eight (our 7th and 8th grade boys eight) - Bronze


FNR Bylaws Updated

A special membership meeting was held on March 21, 2013. Modifications to the Friends of Niskayuna Rowing bylaws were reviewed and discussed. Membership voted to accept the changes proposed by the board. Thank you to those members that participated.


NYS DEC Grant for Aqueduct Park

On February 6, 2013 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced grants of up to $10,000 from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. These grants will support projects by municipalities and organizations looking to fix damage, improve water quality and make it easier for people to take advantage of recreational opportunities in and around the Mohawk River.

The Town of Niskayuna was selected to receive a $10,000 grant to assess the viability of building a community facility/boathouse on land adjacent to Aqueduct park. The proposed facility would contain public restrooms, historic displays and a boathouse for Niskayuna Rowing's many rowing programs.

Read the Spotlight News story (click image at right).



Parents Erg Challenge - Winter 2013

THANK YOU!

We have received pledges and donations for our Parents' Erg Challenge ahead of our January 31, 2013 deadline! Click HERE to learn more and to participate!

As of February 6 we have donations, pledges and
corporate matches to cover all 6 ergs versus our 5 erg target!


Modified Championship 2012 Results

Congratulations to Niskayuna's modified rowers who competed at the Modified Championship regatta, hosted by Burnt Hills. Niskayuna took several medals including:

Complete results can be found here.


Head of the Fish Regatta 2012

Congratulations Niskayuna Rowers! Our rowers took advantage of the beautiful weather and earned:

Complete results can be found here.

THANK YOU rowers, coaches, parents for your help tonight at the boathouse! After a long day at the HoF, FNR came together to prepare for this week's storm. THANKS!


Head of the Mohawk and Spartan Sweepstake Regattas Results

October 6-7, 2012 was a busy weekend! Congratulations to all Niskayuna rowers who participated in this past weekend's regattas.

THANK YOU to all volunteers who helped at the Head of the Mohawk Regatta!

Complete and summaries of results can be found here.


Head of the Charles Regatta 2012

Congratulations Niskayuna Rowers!
Niskayuna Youth Eights Women - 29th of 85 entries with 19:27.57.
Niskayuna Youth Eight Men - 50th of 85 entries with 17:03.70.

Thank you coaches and parents for making this trip a success!

Complete results can be found here.


Head of the Mohawk and Spartan Sweepstake Regattas Results

October 6-7, 2012 was a busy weekend! Congratulations to all Niskayuna rowers who participated in this past weekend's regattas.

THANK YOU to all volunteers who helped at the Head of the Mohawk Regatta!

Complete and summaries of results can be found here.


Tail of the Fish Results

Congratulations to all Niskayuna rowers who participated in the Tail of the Fish Regatta.

Our Girls' boats took home multiple medals! See the complete results here.


Fall 2011 Regatta Information

See the Regattas/Races page (at left) for updated information on our Fall 2012 regatta schedule.


Crew Information Night - 9/10

Crew Information Night for fall 2012 season is scheduled for Monday evening, September 10, 7PM at Niskayuna High School auditorium. All new and returning rowers and families need to attend.


Fall Bus Routes

Fall Rowing Season Bus Routes - each route takes rowers from their respective schools to the boathouse:


Camp Nazareth High School Training Session

Camp Nazareth training session for high school rowers is scheduled for August 26 to September 1, 2012. Check out the "Camp Naz 2012" information document here.

Participants need a Gray Card for this fall season session!


Fall Rowing Apparel

Apparel wil NOT be available for sale at Crew Information Night and can ONLY be ordered when you register for the Fall Season. If you have already registered and did not order any apparel, please contact Francesca Marine via email or at 382.5650 to make any changes.


2012 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Results!

Congratulations to all Niskayuna Rowers who participated this week!

Congratulations Mark Rotondi and Kevin Koste for finishing 5th in finals of U17 Mens Doubles!

Thanks to Chris Mason for organizing our camping expedition! Thanks to Coaches Buckner, Skotarczak and Sive for organizing the team!

Thanks to all parent volunteers!

Niskayuna results are summarized on the Results page. Complete results and Henley Regatta information can be found here.


Gray Cards for Fall Season

From the Niskayuna Central School District Athletics page:

ATTENTION - SPORTS PHYSICALS are scheduled for August 7-8, 2012

Physicals for students who will play interscholastic athletics in the fall of 2012 are scheduled for August 7 and 8 at Niskayuna High School. August 8 will be the last opportunity to have a physical at school. All gray cards and required forms are due to the school nurse by the 8th of August.

All students in grades 7-12 who desire to participate in interscholastic athletics must receive an adequate physical examination or medical history update approved by the school physician. No student will be allowed to try out, practice or participate with any team without the required physical examination. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.


Summer Rowing Program Swim Tests

All participants in summer rowing programs (youths and adults) must complete a swim test before they can go out on the water. If you are new to our programs and have *not* previously completed a swim test, please attend one of the following sessions.

The swim test will be at the high school pool. Please bring a pair of long pants and a sweatshirt to swim in. We want to simulate swimming in clothes that are typically worn during practice. The weight of wet sweatpants and sweatshirt can be surprisingly heavy. The test should take approximately 15 minutes.

* Monday June 25 at 5:00 PM, * Tuesday June 26 at 12:00 PM,
* Thursday July 5 at 12:00 PM, * Friday July 6 at 5:00 PM,
* Thursday July 26 at 12:00 PM, * Friday July 27 at 5:00 PM.

Email FNR Program Director to sign-up for a swim test session.


Summer Rowing Registration OPEN

Friends of Niskayuna Rowing is proud to announce our summer 2012 programs!
Learn more about program schedules/costs and Register here.

High School Fitness/Weightroom Program One 10-week session from 6/4 to 8/4, 6-8 PM, Mon, Wed, Fri. Strengthen your core, muscles, improve conditioning, and power. This is the best way to stay focused on your physical well-being so that you're prepared for the fall rowing season.

High School Competitive Program 6/25 to 8/12, 6-8 AM, weekdays. The HS Competitive program is 7 weeks long and directed towards creating crews to compete at the Canadian Henley Regatta the first week of August.

High School Skills Program 6/25 to 8/3, 6-8 AM, weekdays. The HS Skills Clinic is 6 weeks long and intended for rowers who want to develop their rowing skills in small boats and/or want to participate in a non-competitive, recreational program. Any high school rower can choose to participate in the Skills Clinic.

Junior C Competitive Program 6/25 to 8/4, 8:30-11 AM, weekdays. The Junior C summer team is open to any 7th or 8th grader (as well as 8th grade graduates who will be in 9th grade in the Fall) who has completed at least one season of modified rowing (fall or spring) or participated in the summer Learn To Row program.

Youth Learn-To-Row Session 1A: 7/9-7/20, Session 2A: 7/23-8/3, Session 3A: 8/6-8/17, 8:30-11 AM, weekdays. Learn sculling on the Mohawk River this summer! This 2 week progressive program is designed for beginning rowers entering grades 6-12.

Adult Learn-To-Row Session 1: 7/9 - 7/13, Session 2: 7/23 - 8/3, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, weekdays. Niskayuna Rowing's Adult Learn To Row program is for adults* interested in sculling and sweeping on the Mohawk River.

Niskayuna Oars Available for Purchase

Looking for the perfect gift for your rower? Consider a retired Niskayuna Oar! Oars are available for $75. Email for more information.