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.

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  • Team Schedule
    • Subject to change

      Bled International Regatta
      Bled, Slovenia
      June 12th - 14th

      World Rowing Cup II
      Varese, Italy
      June 19th - 21st

      World Rowing Cup III
      July 10th - 12th
      Lucerne, Switzerland

      FISA World Championships
      August 29th - September 6th
      Aiguebelette, France

      Head of the Charles
      October 17th - 18th
      Boston, Massachusetts

      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
      Kevin Barnes
      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
      Greg McClure
      Michael Zimmer
      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
    • July 2015

      The US Club nationals in Bethel, OH, held from July 15th through 19th, were a strong demonstration of the outstanding depth of the NYAC team. We won the Sulger-Barnes Trophy for overall men's team points for the first time since 2006, a fantastic accomplishment. This trophy has special meaning for the NYAC as the Sulger family was for a long time one of the centerpieces of rowing at the Club.  The combined men’s and women’s squads came home with four gold medals, eight silvers and four bronzes, with several of the silvers in very close finishes.

      The overall field was very good this year, among the strongest in a while, and the NYAC showcased the talent at the program by competing well in almost every event in which we entered.  The athletes raced their hearts out to rack up the team points, possibly at the cost of a couple more gold medals but this year the overall team and program came first.  We view the team as having had an overall very successful competition.

      Separately, the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada this month saw Robin Prendes as the sole NYAC representative, competing in the US lightweight men's four. Robin and the US team made the trip worthwhile, claiming silver medals in a close finish behind a powerful Canadian boat.  Robin will be competing in the lightweight men’s pair at the World Championships later this summer, held in Aiguebelette, France.

      August 2014

      Caroline Lind, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, and Amanda Polk defend and retain the Women's eight World Championship for the United States, extending the streak to the 9th straight year.  Megan Kalmoe and her pair partner win a silver medal in the Women's pair.  Eight other NYAC athletes represent the United States at the World Championships.

  • Summer Racing
    • 2015 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 4, and run through U.S. Rowing Club Nationals July 15-19.  Successful athletes will be invited to continue racing by attending the Royal Canadian Henley, continuing their program through August 9.  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.

      3-July to 5-July                        Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia, PA
      15-July to 19-July                    U.S. Rowing Club Nationals, Bethel, OH
      4-August to 9-August               Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines, ON

      *Attendance at any/all trials events including the Pan American Games, 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 2015 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)
      - US Rowing 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