Tuesday, May 1, 2012




 Metropolitan NY Rowing Championships – April 21, 2012

Team results
Kings Point Rowers established themselves as contenders for top honors this season as they placed well at the Metropolitan Rowing Championships on Saturday. Capturing a gold and placing 4th respectively, the Men’s Freshman and Varsity crews performed superbly despite poor training conditions during the past two weeks. An equally successful performance was realized by the Women’s Varsity Pair.

The Metro Championships began as a local championship amongst metropolitan New York teams and expanded to include sixteen teams from as far away as Albany and included larger teams such as Army, Fairfield University and Iona. 

Rising early is not unusual for the Rowing team but rising early to participate in Recognition activities, put in boat and shuttled across Long Island Sound to attend a regatta by CDR Gasiorek, Director of the Waterfront is rare.  Despite the heavy load, the Men’s Freshman crew captured victory. The crew of Coxswain Joseph Nasta ‘15, Stroke- Ted Sniekus ‘15, 3-Austin Boonyachai ‘15, 2-James Raphael ‘15, and Joseph Gardetto ‘15 rowed easily through their heat and into the final. While favored to at least be in the medals, the crew knew that they would have a real battle with Army and SUNY Maritime.  

Early in the race, the Kings Point rowers had difficulty finding it’s lane as the race course is unmarked. While they avoided collisions, the crew fell back off the pace of the top two crews and only managed to pull even 250 meters from the finish. Kings Point gained the lead with twenty-five strokes to go and seemed to be gaining in speed as it crossed the line first. Second place Army was a mere one and half seconds behind and SUNY was another two seconds back in third. In true rowing tradition, the crew tossed Nasta into the water following the victory.  

Due to poor weather and recent roster changes amongst the Varsity men the Varsity Men’s Four had only two practices prior to the regatta. Undaunted by the challenge, the crew of Coxswain Joseph Nasta ‘15,  Stroke – John Dohring  ‘15, 3- David Rosas ‘15, 2-Sean Welsh ‘15  , and Bow-Malek Byam ’15 easily qualified for the final with a victory in the heat. Having some difficulty in the final with crews jostling for lanes due to high winds, the Kings Pointers fell off the lead and found themselves fighting back throughout the 2000 meter race.  When the crew finally found their stride, it was able to regain some lost distance and nudge themselves into fourth place and nearly into third by the finish.   “I think that our crew had great race considering the conditions. With some good training over the next two weeks, we’ll be ready for the New York State Championships in two weeks.” commented Coach Hartwick. 

Despite the odds, varsity rower Brannon Niblock ’15 teamed up with newcomer Cassandra Palma ‘15 to race in the Women’s Pair after only three practices. The impossible task of Palma learning to row on the Wednesday prior to the race and then racing became the possible when the pair rose to the occasion. While the crew was even with the leaders after 500 meters, the inexperience of the crew slowed them over the remainder of the race. “They did fantastic considering the daunting task that challenged them” said Coach Hartwick.  

The team finished 6th amongst 15 teams in the Team Points Challenge.

The team travels to Whitney Point, NY on May 5-6 to compete in the New York Collegiat Rowing Championships.

Men’s Freshman Four – 15 entries
1st USMMA 7:45
2. Army  
3. SUNY Maritime  

Men’s Varsity Four – 15 entries
Winning Time: 7:50
1st Army
2nd Dowling
3rd SUNY Maritime
4th USMMA 8:04 

Women’s Pair – 5 entries
Winning Time 9:22
1st SUNY Maritime
2nd Iona
5th USMMA 11:10






Monday, October 27, 2008

Varsity Men's 4+

Junior Varsity Men's 4+

Novice Women 4+

Varsity Men's 8+



Head of the Charles Regatta– The Fall Rowing Classic

October 18-19, 2008 - Regatta Results

VARSITY MEN’S FOUR PLACES 3rd IN THE NATION AMONGST DIII CREWS CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Kings Point Varsity Men’s four-man crew continued its successful ways as it finished 6th overall in the Head of the Charles Regatta and 3rd overall amongst the top Division III institutions in the nation.The Head of the Charles Regatta is the largest rowing event in the world. In this years forty-third running of the regatta, 19 countries were represented by 8,500 competitors and cheered on by nearly 300,000 spectators. College crews travel to Cambridge from forty states in the nation to determine the fall champions. Each of the four Kings Point crews met stiff competition as they raced in categories that included crews from Division I, II, and III.The crew of Coxswain Romulus Cirone ‘10, Stroke Bradford Webster ’09, 3- Erik Henden ‘09, 2-Steven Jones ‘10 and Bowman Mike Stocko ’10 set a strong pace through the early stages of the race when it was fighting for the lead. In a repeat of last year’s competition, the top three crews destroyed the previous race record by nearly a half minute as the conditions of fast tailwinds were ideal for setting new records.Despite rowing a nearly flawless race the crew still just short of winning a medal as they did last year. Division I Michigan completed the three miles in 16:26 to capture first. Kings Point’s time of 17:12 is a best-ever fastest time for Kings Point at this Fall Championship. Based on last years performance, Kings Point started in the 2nd spot and although no crews passed them, some of the crews in the middle of the pack were able to post faster times.Finishing 30th in the same event was the crew of Coxswain Robert Kaldenbach, Stoke - Norman Hilliard ’12, 3 - Adam Kroupa ’12, 2 – Russell Marihugh ’10, Bow – Luis Achurra ’12. Under the skillful direction of Kaldenbach, the crew of mostly of Novice Plebes carved its way to their best time of the season and a fine performance amongst the best competition in the nation. The crew completed the three mile course in 20:06.Another fine performance was recorded by the Men’s Varsity Eight as Kings Point entered the Collegiate Men’s Eight event for just the second time. Lead by the motivating voice and fine steering of Coxswain Jonathan Gardner, the crew rowed its way through the five bridges and hairpin turns while holding off crews that nipped at its stern. The crew of Coxswain Jonathan Gardner ’11, Stroke- James Sanwald ’11, 7- Sam Diedrick ‘10, 6- Frank Osborne ’12, 5- Drew Ruff ‘12, 4-Patrick Waller ‘12, 3-Connan Ingham ‘12, 2- Thomas ‘Grey’ Gambill ‘12, and Bow - Jeremy Tunstall ’10 clocked a 17:00 and finishing 34th amongst the best 38 teams in the country. Coach Hartwick seemed pleased with the crew’s performance. “They are a young crew with five plebes and three of those having just learned how to row this fall. They rowed a gutsy race and it was the best race of their season. I believe they have tremendous potential for the future.”The Varsity Women’s Four had their fastest race of the fall season in the Collegiate Four race. The crew of Coxswain William Walls ’12, Stroke – Anna Simons ‘12, 3- Kacey Rohloff ‘12, 2- Ali Anderson ‘12, and Bow – Jessica Willey ‘12, finished 30th of 34 crews overall. The crew’s time of 21:50 was the second best time the Kings Point Women’s team for this 3 mile race course. The crew has had a terrific season with strong performances in many of the local fall competitions. “They are a young crew with all five crew members having just started rowing this fall; they are going to do great in the coming years” commented coach Hartwick.

Regatta Results Online:http://www.hocr.org/results/results.asp

Regatta video:http://www.nesports.tv/archive.php2008 Head Of The Charles, Day 1

(USMMA Men’s Four First four @ 3:34, 2nd four @3:42, Women’s four @3:53)

2008 Head Of The Charles, Day 2

(USMMA Men’s Eight @ 4:42)