Rowing has been a part of the New York Athletic Club tradition for over 125 years.

With generations of members competing at the Olympics, World Championships and national championships, NYAC rowers are respected and feared as competitors across the United States and around the world.

The current competitive program supports national team athletes training at the various national training centers and locally based athletes training at the Club's fully equipped boathouse at Travers Island.

To apply to the summer racing program, click here.

Athlete Blogs

Meghan O'Leary

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Megan Kalmoe

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Ellen Tomek
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  • Team Schedule
    • 2016 Schedule
      Subject to change

      US Olympic Trials
      Sarasota - Bradenton, Florida
      April 18 -24

      Independence Day Regatta
      July 1st - 3rd

      Club Nationals
      July 13th - 17th

      Canadian Henley Regatta
      August 2nd - 7th

      Rio Olympics
      August 6th - August 14th

      To track national and international events, results and news go to and

  • Roster
    • Women's Team

      Megan Carmody
      Sara Hendershot
      Megan Kalmoe
      Caroline Lind
      Eleanor Logan
      Meghan O'Leary
      Taylor Ritzel
      Ellen Tomek
      Meghan Musnicki
      Kristine O'Brien
      Amanda Polk
      Michelle Sosa
      Kerry Simmonds
      Sarah Sweney

      Colleen Harrison
      Jill Carlson
      Coral Kasden
      Brighid Parker

      Men's Team

      Shawn Ahmad
      Charlie Cole
      Anthony Fahden
      Kakha Kandelaki
      Ryan Kirlin
      David Banks
      Michael Clougher
      Connor Corwen
      Nick LaCava
      Andrew Leonardi
      Erik Limpitlaw
      Max Litt
      Salvatore Marsico
      Tobin McGee
      Thomas Paradiso
      Frank Petrucci

      yan Ujazdowski
      Veton Celaj
      Christian Kelling
      Edward King
      Thomas Phifer
      Robin Prendes
      Sebastian Ryan
      Scott Stuard
      Jonathan Zagroba
      David Walton

      John Carlson
      Leigh Heyman
      Marcus McElhenney
      Peter Choi
      John Amarosano


      Rob Milam
      Rob started rowing for the Club in 1998. He represented the NYAC and the United States in international competition at the 2003 and 2011 Pan American Games in the lightweight men’s 4 without coxswain. He was part of six champion crews at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, held annually in Boston, and won or medaled in multiple events at USRowing Club Nationals, Canadian Henley and other domestic regattas over the span of his career. Rob runs recreationally for the Club and has completed six marathons, five in New York City and one in Boston. Rob was appointed chairman of the rowing committee in early 2013. For more information regarding the NYAC rowing program, please contact Rob at


      Head Men’s Coach
      Nick Dawe
      (513) 706-3154 or
      Head Women's Coach
      Thomas Dougherty
      (610) 745-9240 or
      Greg McClure
      Angelo Rubbo
      Marysa Semprebon
      Tom Eichler
      Nathan Clark

  • Program Highlights
    • Rowing has been a part of the New York Athletic Club for over 125 years. Through the generations, the Club has had an incredible history of rowers representing the Club and their country at the Olympic Games, in World Championships and in national championships. In 2004 in Athens, five members of the US Olympic gold medal winning men’s eight were members of the NYAC. In London in 2012, four women in the gold medal winning women's eight were also affiliated with the NYAC.

      Athletes invited to train at the NYAC enjoy a fully equipped boathouse, a nationally recognized coaching staff, and the opportunity to train with a highly competitive group of dedicated athletes.

      The NYAC Rowing program selects pre-elite athletes for invitations to the rowing team on the basis of collegiate racing experience and potential for success in senior and elite competition during the summer. Qualified athletes can also pursue full-time post-collegiate training with the NYAC’s year-round training group, which also competes at the major fall head races and at national selection regattas in the spring.

      All athletes rowing at the NYAC must be invited to participate as part of the pre-elite, full-time training program. Masters rowing is only available to NYAC members as part of the Intra Clubs' program.
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  • Practice
    • The rowing program trains out of a dedicated and fully equipped private boathouse located on the NYAC’s Travers Island facility. With a full fleet of racing boats, erg room, and weight room, aspiring athletes have all of the tools they need to be successful at the highest levels. Coaches set workouts and training programs and provide launch support and coaching for on the water sessions year-round.
  • Latest News
    • Fourteen New York AC rowers competed at the 2015 Rowing World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

      The pre-Olympic year World Championships is the most competitive worlds of the cycle, the race where the majority of Olympic berths are determined. Not only is the normal pressure on to try to win medals, but even in the B finals, the placing might determine whether a country at large will earn a spot for Rio. The racing is hard and the pressure is high.  Several U.S. boats dealt with some version of illness as well and at this level, just a second or two from top form can be the difference between the medal stand, the B final, or even qualification for Rio.

      The women's quad and Megan Kalmoe struck gold, a first in this event for the United States and what was just a flat out terrific race and exciting final, taking the race away from the favorites from Germany.  Megan was also voted the USRowing female athlete of the year for the second year in a row.

      The women's eight with Meghan Musnicki, Amanda Polk, and Kerry Simmonds on board also won gold, in the kind of race their fans prefer - boring and methodical, with the USA out in front for the last 1500 meters.  This is the 10th Olympic and Worlds title in a row for the United States, a truly amazing accomplishment for any team in any sport across history. 

      Kristine O'Brien made her first worlds team and came home with a gold medal in the women's four event, which also completed a clean sweep by the United States in the women's open weight big boats. 

      Eleanor Logan and her partner took bronze in the women's pair.  In aggregate, this group of United States training center women are setting the standard across all Olympic sports and are the premier women's rowing program in the world right now.
      In the women's double, Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek battled through a tough week for an 11th place and the final Olympic qualification spot in their event.

      In the men's four, Charles Cole had to be subbed out in the semi due to illness.  His boat was a medal favorite going into the event, having won a world cup stop earlier this summer, but found themselves in the B final. Nonetheless, they put together a gutsy performance to win and qualify for Rio. 

      Edward King and Anthony Fahden in the lightweight men's four started a bit slowly and missed the A final. They came through brilliantly to win the B final and take 7th place overall and qualify for Rio, beating perennial A finalists China and Great Britain in the process.  This event is another with a deep and highly competitive field but our men are have shown they have the speed to compete with the best.
      Jack Carlson and long time club rower now national teamer Tobin McGee also had a great final and took home a bronze, just missing out on silver in a very tight race.

      Robin Prendes and his partner came fifth in the lightweight men's pair, another strong finish in a fast event.
      We are very proud of all our elite NYAC athletes and wish them the best of luck as they prepare for Rio.

  • Summer Racing
    • 2016 New York Athletic Club Summer Racing Program

      Attendance to the NYAC summer program is on an invitation only basis.  Rowers meeting the prerequisites are encouraged to apply at:
      The formal program will start with a team meeting on or around Thursday, June 9th, and run through USRowing Club Nationals July 13th- 17th.  Successful athletes will be invited to continue racing by attending the Royal Canadian Henley, continuing their program through August 7th.  If accepted into the program, athletes can begin training informally with the team as soon as their collegiate seasons end at no additional cost.
      - Minimum one year collegiate racing experience for rowers, minimum two years collegiate racing experience for coxswains
      - Men's 2k erg score standard: Heavyweight 6:22; Lightweight 6:38
      - Women's 2k erg score standard: Open 7:24; Lightweight 7:44

      The NYAC boat house is located at the Club’s Travers Island facility off of Shore Road in Pelham, New York.


      July 1st  to July 3rd    Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia, PA
      July 13th to July 17th
        USRowing Club Nationals, Bethel, OH
      August 2nd to August 7th
        Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines, ON

      *Attendance at any/all trials events including the U23 and Senior World Championships will be made by the coaching staff based on athlete performance and demonstrated potential for success.  Similarly, not all athletes will be invited to attend Canadian Henley.


      The 2016 summer racing fee will be $300 per athlete, to be paid in full before the first regatta. Limited grants and financial aid are available upon application. 
      - Housing in the NYC area and meals for the duration of the season
      - Program fee to cover the cost of coaching, gas, entry fees, rooms at select races and equipment transportation expenses
      - All travel to and from regattas and practices
      - Overnight accommodations in Philadelphia for Independence Day Regatta (if necessary)
      - USRowing membership (required for competition at Independence Day Regatta and Nationals)

      - Hotel accommodations at Club Nationals and Canadian Henley
      - All entry fees
      - Transportation of equipment to all regattas
      - Racing jersey