Registration for Fall Programs at Norwalk River Rowing is OPEN!!!

Registration is now open for the Fall Youth (High School, Middle School), Adult (Masters, Novice) and Learn to Row programs at Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA). This fall season features programs for conditioning, fitness and learning for rowers of all skill sets, from experienced to those who’ve never put an oar in the water. By working with NRRA’s experienced coaches and staff, participants can significantly improve their rowing skills and enjoy the fall season out on the water.

Rowing is one of the few non-weight bearing sports that exercises all the major muscle groups. Rowing also improves cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength as well as provides a positive environment that teaches teamwork, patience and focus. Athletes learn discipline and grit both on the water and on land, as well as dedication to and trust in their teammates. Rowing strengthens an individual both mentally and physically while giving them a network of peers and coaches they are able to rely on.

Norwalk River Rowing Hosts Youth in Learn-to-Row Day

On July 20, NRRA hosted the Hall Neighborhood House where 27 youth learned to take their first strokes and were taught basic rowing skills. Although it was a hot, humid day that didn’t dampen their spirits as they learned about the shells (boats) and were ‘crew’ for the day as they felt what it is like to row on the water. Their counselor, Rachel, was a part of NRRA’s outreach program over 12 years ago herself and continues to provide that same experience for her campers.

Hall Neighborhood House, located in Bridgeport, CT., promotes and empowers a community of lifelong learners who create trusting relationships with one another and participate in high-quality programming. The Mission of Hall is to provide services that will educate, enrich and empower the lives of residents of all ages of the East Side of Bridgeport and the surrounding community. They strive for their youth to try new things, make friends, learn new skills, find inspiration, and grow into the next generation of leaders. They promote a love for learning, so youth will thrive in school, college, work, and beyond.

Similar to Hall’s mission of providing new experiences for their youth, NRRA’s Learn-to-Row program hosts local community members to come and learn about rowing and gain an appreciation for the sport. Classes are geared toward middle school and early high school athletes new to the sport where they can have the opportunity to learn what rowing is all about. An outreach program for all youth across all skill sets.
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Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing. It is dedicated to providing wellness and competition among adult members, and athletic and educational opportunities for the youth of all surrounding communities, including Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston, and Wilton in CT, as well as Bedford, Cross River and Pound Ridge in NY. Our world-class coaching staff provides a comprehensive program of rowing courses and activities for both youth and adults of all ability and income levels, in a fun and friendly environment from our site on the Norwalk River. Visit www.NorwalkRiverRowing.org more information on the club and programs.

NRRA Qualifies Thirteen Area Athletes for 2017 National Youth Championships

Norwalk River Rowing recently qualified 13 area athletes for the prestigious 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships to be held June 9-11th in Sarasota, FL. The athletes qualified by posting top 3 finishes at the US Rowing Youth Northeast Regionals held in Worcester, MA, May 20-21. In addition to qualifying these 13 athletes for the premier junior rowing event in the US, Norwalk River Rowing captured three gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the Northeast Regionals.

The 2017 Youth National Championships in Sarasota will bring together 1,500 athletes from some 150 teams – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes. Representing NRRA at the Youth Nationals will be Olivia Bernadini, Mackenzie Cote, Mackenzie Holmgren, Liam Jenkins, Kevin Lenihan, Oliver Peacock, Ethan Reichgut, Jamie Trentos from Wilton; Ben Hufnagel, Victoria Markow from Norwalk; Lorenzo Del’Innocenti from Westport; Bo Pollio from Darien; and Ian Trostle from Pound Ridge. These qualifiers posted top 3 finishes in Men’s and Women’s Pairs and Lightweight Doubles, as well as Men’s Lightweight Doubles and Men’s Lightweight Four.

Members of NRRA’s Youth Racing Team heading to USRowing Youth National Championships June 9-11, to be held in Sarasota, FL. From back-left: Jamie Trentos, Bo Pollio, Kevin Lenihan, Ben Hufnagel, Liam Jenkins, Ethan Reichgut, Oliver Peacock, Lorenzo Del’Innicenti, Ian Trostle. Front-left: Olivia Bernardini, Victoria Markow, Mackenzie Holmgren, and Mackenzie Cote.

The Youth Northeast Regionals Championship in Worcester, MA included approximately 2,000 athletes from over 40 teams. NRRA won Gold with first-place finishes in the Women’s lightweight single by MacKenzie Holmgren from Wilton, and the Men’s lightweight single by Ian Trostle from Pound Ridge. The club also won Gold with a first-place finish in the U17 8+ with a crew that included Adam Harley, Liam Jenkins, Alex Stepnowsky, Austin Crowel from Wilton; John Markow, Kaden Lints from Norwalk; Alex Hu from Darien; Lorenzo Del’Innocenti from Westport; and coxswain Lee McAndrews from Fairfield. NRRA also medaled in the Men’s lightweight single with Luke Briglin from Wilton, and in the Men’s 2nd Quad with Matt Rauccio, Luke Briglin and Max Schwartz from Wilton; and Christian Lawrence from Pound Ridge.

NRRA youth racing head coaches include Drew Combs for Women and Yuri Kolomiets for Men, with assistant coaching by Irina Skobreva, Stephanie Allgood, Luke Auger and Devon Brameier.

Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing. It is dedicated to providing wellness and competition among adult members, and athletic and educational opportunities for the youth of all surrounding communities, including Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston, and Wilton in CT, as well as Bedford, Cross River and Pound Ridge in NY. Our world-class coaching staff provides a comprehensive program of rowing courses and activities for both youth and adults of all ability and income levels, in a fun and friendly environment from our site on the Norwalk River. Visit www.NorwalkRiverRowing.org more information on the club and programs.

NRRA Spring Plant sale – Hurry – Ends May 15th

It seems that April’s showers truly have brought May flowers!

As most of you may have seen on our Facebook page or in our members only Facebook group (which you can join here if you haven’t already!), our Youth Racing teams are hosting a Spring Plant Sale to raise money for their equipment fund!

We have a variety of plants for sale ranging from beautiful hanging baskets to a variety of herbs and flowers for potting. All proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to the equipment fund! So if you were planning on beautifying your home and garden or know someone who is, please order your flowers through us and support your club!

Download the order form here

Orders are to be in by May 15th for delivery on May 24th! Pick up will be at the shellhouse (1 Moodys Lane, Norwalk) on the 24th from 12pm to 6:30pm.

Please pass this post on to all of your friends and families. Beautiful gardens are not limited to rowers only!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Devon (devonb (at) norwalkriverrowing.org)  or Drew (drewc (at) norwalkriverrowing.org), we would be happy to help.

Norwalk River Rowing Medals in 10 Events at Saratoga Invitational

NRRA’s novice and varsity teams raced at the Saratoga Invitational last weekend, with 14 crews bringing home medals in 10 events, including one Gold medal finish, four Silver medal finishes and nine Bronze medal finishes.

The Novice Women’s Quad celebrates their bronze medal finish with Coach Allgood’s regatta dog, Barley. From left to right: Kayla Heber (Wilton), Isabella DeSantis (Ridgefield), Josie Constantine (Stamford), and Lia Schlegel (Norwalk).

The 20th annual Saratoga Invitational regatta, held at Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, NY, is America’s largest sprint race, featuring 10 lanes of 1,500 meter racing among top crews from the Northeast. More than 40 NRRA rowers from Wilton, Ridgefield, Norwalk, Fairfield, Darien, Stamford and Pound Ridge competed in 29 events during this prestigious two-day race. The team started off strong and, despite high winds and rain on the first day, the girls and boys teams kept the momentum going.

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Riverfront Fun

As we prepare for our BOATHOUSE, Norwalk River Rowing’s athletes headed to Hartford this past weekend to compete at the Head of the Riverfront!

33 crews competed with 24 finishing in the top 50% of their field.

Norwalk brought home 6 medals with them including:

  • GOLD in the Junior Women’s 1x
  • Silver in the Junior Men’s 4+
  • GOLD and Silver in the Junior Men’s 4x
  • GOLD in the Junior Novice Men’s 4x
  • Silver in the Master Men’s 2x

With two races down, we still have the Head of the Housatonic on October 8th, the Head of the Charles on October 22nd and 23rd, and the Head of the Fish on October 29th and 30th.

GO NORWALK!