Niskayuna Rowing Dominates the Podium at Annual State Rowing Championships

Niskayuna Rowing

Niskayuna Rowing Dominates the Podium at Annual State Rowing Championships

May 14, 2019 - NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – Despite Spring’s fluctuating weather, Niskayuna Rowing brought the spirit and the power this past weekend at the Annual State Scholastic Rowing Championships on Saratoga Lake and Fish Creek. After the two-day event Niskayuna Rowing walked away with 4 gold medals, 5 silver, 2 bronze and 2 fourth places. More than 68 NY State teams came to compete at the State Championships.

“Our excitement was hard to contain,” expressed freshman rower Danny Kelly. “When we realized we won a state championship, we completely flipped out and started rocking the boat. It was just amazing.”

Junior Maddie Castle echoed the excitement, "We are fired up! We won the quad at Nationals when we were freshmen and winning here today gives us the chance to race for it again."

“Our athletes gave 110% this past weekend and we are so proud,” expressed Stacey Apfelbaum, Niskayuna Rowing Head Coach and Program Director. “These athletes train in all sorts of weather conditions and have the tenacity to persevere when the going gets tough. We look forward to Nationals in two weeks.“

“Our quad worked really well together and I felt exhilarated when we crossed the finish line,” said freshman rower Stella Mirković. “We become very close friends – it is a unique dynamic and the feeling of accomplishment with your friends is the best.”

Weekend Results for Niskayuna Rowing (* all scholastic results):


Girls Freshman quad

Boys Freshman quad

Girls Jr quad

Girls U15 coxed quad


Boys Sr quad

Boys Lightweight quad

Boys Modified coxed quad

Boys Freshman eight

Girls 2V eight


Girls Freshman eight

Girls U15 coxed quad


Girls Varsity eight

Boys Jr quad

Pictures Included:

Freshmen Men: Derrick Nui, Jefferey Chen, Adam Conrad, Danny Kelly

Freshman Women: Stella Mirković, Jordan Zenner, Samantha Castle, Rebecca Schechter


Niskayuna Rowing started from humble beginnings in 1987 and now has more than 100 strong student athletes who are accomplished on all levels.   Niskayuna Rowing is open to athletes from 7-12th grades and offers summer, fall and spring programs.  We are a team that constantly gives back to the community with events that support local communities and parks.  Over the past three years, volunteer time and talent has made improvements to Aqueduct Park and contributed to community events. We also partner with other schools and organizations such as charter schools and the ARC to teach teambuilding and leadership development skills.  For more information on Niskayuna Rowing, please visit:


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