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          Niskayuna, NY 12309

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NEWS: Next Board of Directors Meeting:
Tuesday 8/12, 7pm at Niskayuna Town Hall


Niskayuna Rowing's New Program Director

Niskayuna Rowing is happy to announce that Molly Grygiel will serve as our next Program Director!

Molly has already identified a set of volunteer opportunities to improve the boathouse. Niskayuna Rowing member families are asked to help with the following projects: These projects have received an anonymous donation of $500 from a generous supporter of Niskayuna Rower! Thank you very much for your support and helping to jump-start these boathouse improvement projects!
Summer Rowing Registration is Open - All Levels!
Registration is OPEN!
for Youth Learn to Row and Middle School Modified and High School programs
Summer program options include: Youth Learn to Row, Modified Small Boats, Modified Summer League, High School Small Boats, High School Indoor Training, High School Competitive, and a *new* Summer Cycling Program for 8-12 grades!

Trena Jones signs National Letter of Intent with Merrimack College

Trena Jones was reckognized at Niskaytuna High School last week as she signed a National Letter of Intent to row for Merrimack College. These letters are signed in the spring by athletes all over the country as they commit to their respective institutions and atheletic scholarships.

Congratulations Trena! A link to Merrimack College's crew team can be found here. Go Warriors Crew!


Niskayuna Varsity Rowers Earn Scholar/Athlete Distinction from NYSSRA

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association (NYSSRA) recently announced the high school rowing teams and clubs recognized as Spring 2014 Scholar/Athlete Teams. Niskayuna students were among those honored.

Niskayuna Rowing's Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys teams, led by coaches David Buckner and Michel Gilbert, respectively, earned Scholar/Athlete Team status. Rowers honored are: Stephanie Acquario, Jill Armenia, Alexandria Cammarene, Elyssa Connolly, Julia Cutler, Aparna Dutta, Trena Jones, Precious King, Irene Kulbida, Gabrielle Lambeth, Rea Mittal, Sophia Mrazik, Greta O'Hara, Rachel Padula, Ashley Schingo, Julia Sinkus and Clare Struzzi; Noah Chaskin, Stephen Davenport, Reilly Duffy, Philp Fraterrigo, Kevin Koste, Michael Makutonin, Liam McGrinder, Matthew Mizbani, Jair Oballe, Colin Ryan, Gideon Schmidt and Kees Vandenberg.

Congratulations to our scholar/athletes! View the complete press release. View the congratulatory letter from NYSSRA.


Niskayuna Shines at Mod Championship!

Congratulations to all our mod rowers and coaches who competed in the Spring 2014 Modified Championship Regatta. The regatta included 133 entries from 8 clubs. Many medals were earned and many strong efforts displayed.Our 7-8th grade girls earned two gold, two sliver and two bronze medals. Our 7-8th grade boys earned three gold, two silver and four bronze medals. Congratulations to all! Click on the Results page for detailed results.

Friday's thunderstorms curtailed the small boat racing resulting in an extended schedule on Saturday. With beautiful weather our coaches and volunteers efficiently managed all races, water safety, breakfast, lunch and awards ceremonies. Thank you to Sean Ryan, Molly Grygiel and Scott Meade for leading the coordination and execution of this event. Thank you to all our volunteers for making this event possible and providing an excellent regatta for all rowers.

Niskayuna Rowers Take Gold and Bronze at SRAA National Championship Regatta!

Niskayuna Town Board recognizes rowers' accomplishments with ceremonial resolution at May 27 board meeting

Niskayuna girls JV 8+ put on a huge sprnint to win the gold medal at SRAA Championships in Windsor, NJ. Niskayuna's boys 4x held on to take the bronze at this national championship regatta. This performance follows Niskayuna's earning silver and bronze medals at Stotesbury Regatta and three gold medals at NY State Championship Regatta! Check out all our rowers' results at the Results page.


Spring Regattas Have Begun!

Congratulations to our high school rowers who competed in the Saratoga Invitational Regatta this past weekend. Our boats performed well in highly variable conditions over Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to our parent volunteers who provided food and support at the Chuck Wagon! Performance details can be found on the Results page.


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!

Niskayuna Rowing Receives Grant from Niskayuna Community Foundation for Safety Equipment

Niskayuna Rowing gratefully acknowledges receiving a grant of $850 from Niskayuna Community Foundation for the purchase of essential safety equipment including two-way radios.

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.

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).



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.