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CIR Ergathon Fundraiser - Dec 17th

posted Nov 17, 2017, 9:21 AM by Head Coach

We are delighted to announce our 3rd annual Capital Equipment Fundraiser to be held Sunday December 17th.
We would be most grateful for your support. As we are a 501(c)(3) not for profit, your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Each of our rowers will participate in a marathon effort on the indoor rowing machine - rowing a grueling 1.5 hours - in their bid to earn your sponsorship or outright donation. Every dollar that you donate will go 100% toward much needed capital equipment to make sure that our athletes have the tools they need for success.

Please check out the Ergathon page for more information.

We had a wonderful day at the Passaic !

posted Oct 17, 2017, 10:33 AM by Head Coach

We had 14 entries and won 7 of them, not a bad conversion rate... interestingly Gold medals are all that we won.
Congratulations to our V4+, 2V4+, F/N8+, V4x, V2x, 2V2x and F/N4x crews for their gold medal performances. there were also some very encouraging winning margins in those results.
Many of our athletes raced twice, some even three times. A special mention to Kayla Thomas and Caroline McGee for winning all 3 races that they were in.
It was terrific to introduce 3 athletes to their first ever race... congratulations to Sylvia, Tanna and Carly.
One exceptional story of fitness and determination from the weekend was that of Noa Bregman. She raced the V4+, then on docking literally ran to the launch dock where she jumped into the single which was ready and waiting in the water. Unfortunately for her, at the start of her 1x race, she hit a log floating in the river damaging her skeg and filling her boat with water... yet she raced the entire course (and came back) with a boat that must have weighed close to 100 lbs! Not to be defeated, she then jumped out of the 1x and into the V4x, taking home gold in that event too.

USRowing recognizes Courtney Sawyer

posted Sep 30, 2016, 11:08 AM by Head Coach

USRowing just released their 2016/2017 Scholastic Athlete Honor roll, recognizing outstanding scholar athletes from across the country, who have excelled both on and off the water. City Island Rowing's Courtney Sawyer was one of only 18 girls to receive that recognition - and the ONLY athlete (girl or boy) from New York State to do so.

According to USRowing:
"The USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll program has been in existence since 1992. This year, 120 nominations were received from athletes representing 64 clubs and school programs across the U.S. A particularly strong group of applicants with very high GPAs and test scores, their rowing accomplishments ranged from success at the 2016 Junior World Championships, USRowing Youth National Championships, USRowing Club National Championships and various regional league/district championships.

The USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in both academics and rowing."

Congratulations - Courtney !

Sensational start to the Fall racing season

posted Sep 26, 2016, 6:26 AM by Head Coach

Fall season got off to a great start with City Island Rowing heading up to Saratoga Springs for our 3rd annual Tail of the Fish Regatta. With our largest group of athletes ever, from 8th - 12th grade, it was great to be fielding entries in so many different event categories - novice, frosh, U17 and Varsity.

Racing got off to a great start with Kayla Thomas, Noa Bregman and Courtney Sawyer all medalling in their singles races, with a young-for-the-competition Genesis Bussey performing tremendously as well.

Up next was the middle school coxed quad. So much spirit, energy, enthusiasm and positivity in these young athletes. They have a truly amazing rowing journey ahead of them. Its always tough going up against the "locals" Saratoga, Shenendehowa, Niskayuna etc as they have so much experience on that body of water. But our girls held their own and it gave them a great sense of awareness for their next races. 

With only 1 practice for the season to date, I was very encouraged with our Varsity 8+. 5th place against strong competition certainly bodes well for when we spend more time in the 8+ later in the season.

As promised we shook up our historical varsity line-ups to give a fresh look at everyone, and our athletes rose to the occasion. Our 1V4x (Courtney Sawyer, Kayla Thomas, Kim Burke, Alexa Cestaro) took home silver with a technically proficient race. A short while later Eva Cagliostro and Nina Smoor joined in the medal fest with bronze in the V2x.

Our girls Frosh / Novice 8+ were not to be out done and had a tremendous showing of their own. Just like their older sisters - they too had only one practice in the 8+, and for many it was only their second or 3rd time holding a sweep oar! Izzy Gallucci took control of the team as step in coxswain and did a phenomenal job, with a lot of support from her stroke Genesis Bussey. Bringing home bronze medals was a just reward for their hard work this summer and fall season to date. They were technically proficient and have a great "can - do attitude". Filling out the line-up was Annaliese Kehm, Lexi McNamara, Alea Strasser, Dani Bregman, Grace Mandarano, Eva Winston and Lucie Rauschnabel.

Perhaps the race of the day went to the 2V4+ who took home Gold medals in spite of the fact that their line-up included two raw novices, Lexi McNamara and Annaliese Kehm. They were lead by Kim Burke and pushed by Noa Bregman, while Courtney Sawyer stepped in as guest coxswain. Phenomenal accomplishment girls!

I would be remiss to not make special mention of the herculean effort of Genesis Bussey who raced (rowed) the course four times - that is hard work in anyone's definition. What an exceptional up and coming talent this 9th grader is. We were also thrilled to have Emelia Hajdrovic and Becca Ackerman racing for City Island for the first time,. and to have Amanda Scorziello back in the team!

Congratulations to all our athletes for a job very well done. Our captains showed tremendous leadership and our veterans lead by example. Thank you to our Parent's Association who undoubtedly took home the gold medal for their efforts in keeping us so very well fed and hydrated. the food was delicious!!

Two weeks of preparation now until our next regatta, Head of the Housatonic... can't wait for that!

June Learn to Row in full swing!

posted Jun 13, 2016, 12:03 PM by Head Coach

We are delighted to welcome 5 new athletes to our CIR family. Our June Learn-to-Row program is well underway and the athletes are already making great progress. Our class size is strictly limited to ensure high quality of attention and instruction, we are thorough and methodical in our approach, and confident that our athletes will finish the program competent rowers - and in love with the sport! 

The first couple of days were on indoor rowing machines, watching the USRowing Safety Video and learning boat handling. Then some dock rowing and finally onto the water!

We also insist on teaching our new athletes sculling (as is the FISA / International standard). Sweep rowing really does put a terrible strain on the backs of growing athletes.

We still have spaces available for our June and August classes. Sign up with a friend today and figure out what this amazing sport is all about! Click here for more information

CIR places 2 boats in top 10 at Youth Nationals!

posted Jun 13, 2016, 11:43 AM by Head Coach

Congratulations on a magnificent team effort from City Island Rowing at this year's USRowing Youth National Championships.  Everyone played their part and contributed to a tremendously successful campaign. We were thrilled to have so much support on the sidelines thanks to the cheering of so many athletes (including novii and even our new Learn to Rows), alumni and of course parents!!

Our girls Varsity double did exceptionally well to make the B Final and had an amazing 2nd 1000m, moving from 5th to 3rd with an inspirational sprint. It was smiles all around as Eva and Kayla returned to the dock. Given that the A Final field was reduced to 5, the girls finished 8th in the nation - not bad for two Sophomores!!

Our girls V4x had a superb heat that saw them finish second in what was the best I have ever seen them race. A tough semi saw them through to the B Final. The girls had a great start and led through the 1000m mark. It was a do or die battle as they approached the finish, but in the end they were just outlasted by GMS and California Yacht Club into 3rd place and a 9th in the Nation overall ranking. Great job girls! With 3 athletes returning next year, there is reason for great expectations!

The tough weather and condensed progression system denied our Lt4+ the opportunity to find their stride. Such a pity as they had found so much speed and professionalism in the weeks leading up to Nationals. However, their 19th in the Nation ranking is one of which to be tremendously proud.

Having graduated so much experience last year, this was always thought to be a "building year". 3 Boats to Nationals, 2 of which finishing top 10, is a testament to the awesome family we call City Island Rowing.

Despite being probably the smallest girls team in NY, we finished with the best results of all teams in the City / Westchester / Long Island area - and second only to Saratoga Rowing Association (congratulations on Silver in the 4x!) in the entire State!

- Go City!

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