NBC Sports partners with US Rowing to broadcast Worlds

NBC Sports Group and the World Rowing Federation. FISA, have partnered in an exclusive U.S. media rights agreement for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, both parties announced today. NBC Sports Group will present more than ten hours of coverage of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, from Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., beginning Thursday, 28 September.

The World Rowing Championship regatta, held at the end of the season, is the biggest and most important annual World Rowing event of the year.

“The opportunity to stage our premier event, the World Rowing Championships, in the United States is a huge benefit for our sport as we see the ongoing growth of rowing in the nation,” said Jean-Christophe Rolland, FISA president. “This partnership with NBC Sports Group recognises the demand for rowing coverage in the US and World Rowing completely supports the initiative.”

“Rowing fans can cheer in unison now that we are presenting one of the sports’ premier events, and our most extensive coverage since the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “As an Olympic sport since the 1900 Summer Games in Paris, we are always thrilled to showcase the stamina, strength and harmony that these world class athletes display every time they race.”

Here is the US Rowing announcement link

NYS garners 21 medals at Scholastic Rowing Association nationals

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The Saratoga Rowing Association girls varsity eight middle four of Megan Varcoe, Helaina Howe high-five (middle) as Olivia Dolan is hugged by Stella Haley (left) after winning gold yesterday at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta in Pennsauken, NJ.
Records fell in Pennsauken, New Jersey on the Cooper River over the weekend as New York State Scholastic Rowing Association had one of its best years ever at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta.

New York State garnered 21 medals, the largest total amount in the past five years, including sending 31 boats into the championship finals.

Saratoga Rowing led the Empire State results with eight medals, including two golds in the girls varsity eights and the boys junior quad. Manhassett earned bronze in both lightweight eight categories, boys and girls with Nichols earning two bronze medals, in the boys JV 4+ and the girls lightweight 4+.

Niskayuna claimed the top spot in the girls freshman quad along with the Rye boys lightweight four, the Huntington girls single along with the Shenendehowa boys varsity double taking home gold medals.

History was made in Albany as Christian Brothers Academy earned its first-ever scholastic nationals medal, a silver in the boys JV 2x.

Attached is the NYS entries SRAA times PDF of all the NYS entries with heat, reps (if needed), semi and final times with finishes.

Here is the complete Saturday You Tube coverage from US Rowing including the semifinals and finals.

Six NYS Rowing qualify out of USRowing Northeast Regionals

LAKE QUINSIGAMOND , MASS. >> Five Row America – Rye entries earned berths into the US Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida June 9 to 11 after placing in the top three spots at the US Rowing Northeast Regional qualifier Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
Here is the complete list of New York State Rowing competitors and results US Rowing NE Regional
The Row America Rye pair of Sean Hayes and Augustine Rodriguez rowed to a first-place finish Sunday to secure their spot in the US Youth Invitational championship regatta. The pair covered the 2,000-meter course in seven minutes, 14.588 seconds, six seconds in front of second-place Norwalk River and eight seconds in front of Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough.
Also rowing to a gold medal was the Row America Rye women’s lightweight four of coxswain Isabel Aronin along with rowers Carolyn Soltz, Mackenzie Smith, Ashley Giannetti and Hannah Weingartner, rowing to a winning time of 7:34.387. The four captured Saturday’s time trial in 7:10.977.
The Row America Rye women’s four of coxswain Katherine O’Byrne and rowers Hannah Schaenman, Kelly Morrissy, Melanie Holmes along with Amanda Mustafaraj earned a silver medal Sunday afternoon with a row in 7:25.489, three seconds behind winner Saugatuck and five seconds in front of Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) from Boston.
The Row America Rye quad of Sharon Doyle, Aidan McIntyre, Caitlin Cornacchia and Emily Tonkel earned a bid to the US Youth Invitational with a third-place finish Sunday. The foursome covered the course in 7:05.063 behind second-place finishers New Canaan one-second ahead and gold medal winners Narragansett five seconds ahead.
In the large boat category, the Row America Rye men’s eight of coxswain Dannah Seecoomar and rowers Ricardo Pantaleon, Sam Rojas, Jackson Herz, Jeffry Franco, Sergio Consuegra, Nile Hollie, Nicholas Santo and Jonathan Eugenio rowed to a bronze medal and qualify for the Youth National regatta with a time of 6:07.276 following Greenwich one second ahead of them in second and gold-medal winner, CRI five seconds in front.
The Saratoga Rowing Association mens double of Mike Newell and Emory Sammons earned a berth following the GMS (Connecticut) double across the line of the 2,000-meter course in six minutes, 52.786 qualifying for the June national championships.

Calling out for a medal – locals celebrate Coxswain Appreciation Week


Saratoga Rowing Association girls freshman eight coxswain Grace Goodell looks up from her shell at the dock on Fish Creek before practice Tuesday afternoon.
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coxswain Tuesday afternoon returning to the dock at Fish Creek.
They’re don’t have the best erg scores in the boathouse, sometimes they can be bossy, but if things go your way, you get to throw them into the water after a big win!
US Rowing celebrates Coxswain Appreciation Week each year and The Saratogian talked to three race callers during the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships weekend.

We also put up a Twitter pool before the weekend’s racing based on submissions of some of the best race call Power 10s when in a race. Here is the final tally.

Here is a link to this weekend’s story – Coxswain Appreciation Week – The Saratogian

Celebrate Coxswain Appreciation Week with coxswain Katie Apfelbaum

A native of Niskayuna, rowing is her her blood and she didn’t embrace the sport as a participant until college. Katie Apfelbaum made the most of it, calling races at Trinity College and then in Oxford in The Boat Race. Listen to our first podcast of 2017 and enjoy your week coxswains!

NYS Colleges give rowers homes, other athletes find a home in rowing

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Rochester Institute of Technology junior and Gansevoort resident Emma Kate Flanagan (front) bringer her 2nd varsity eight shell to the Lee’s Park Shore Saturday afternoon.
Fish Creek was again home to the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships, abbreviated by windy conditions in the afternoon on Saturday, but several Section II athletes returned home.

RIT was well represented with Section II talent, a former Saratoga Rowing Association rower, a Shenendehowa rowing alum, along with a former national level horseback riding talent from Saratoga. Binghamton University picked up a former Saratoga High thrower, made him into a rower and found a co-president along the way.

Here is the link to the story in The Saratogian